• Research & Teaching

  • My Research

    I've been involved with a lot of different mental health research projects over the years and currently as part of my academic position with Alliant International University. I thought you may be interested in seeing some of the professional publications that have resulted from those studies. If not, and you have trouble sleeping at night, I recommend reading a few of them. You'll be out in no time!

    My main areas of research interest is common factors of change in Marriage and Family Therapy. Basically, what I look at is when two people go to therapy and receive two very different treatments yet both get better, what were the "common factors" in the treatments that helped the people change? Here are some professional articles that I've published on this topic, as well as several others.

  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    Karam, E., Blow, A., Davis, S. D., & Sprenkle, D. H. (in press). Strengthening the Systemic Ties that Bind: Integrating Common Factors into MFT Curricula. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

    Karam, E., Davis, S. D., & Sprenkle, D. H. (in press). Targeting Threats to the Therapeutic Alliance: A Primer for MFT Training. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

    Dattilio, F. M., Piercy, F. P., & Davis, S. D. (2013). The divide between “evidence-based” approaches and practitioners of traditional theories of family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Doi: 10.111/jmft.12032.

    **Fife, S. T., Whiting, J. B., Bradford, K., & Davis, S. D. (2014). The therapeutic pyramid: A common factors synthesis of techniques, alliance, and way of being. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Doi: 10.1111/jmft.12041.

    Davis, S. D., Lebow, J., & Sprenkle, D. H. (2012). Common factors of change in couple therapy. Behavior Therapy, 43, 36-48.

    Blow, A. J., Davis, S. D., & Sprenkle, D. H. (2012). Therapist-worldview matching: Not as important as matching to clients. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 13-17.

    Woolley, S. R., Wampler, K. S., & Davis, S. D. (2012). Enactments in couple therapy: Identifying therapist interventions associated with positive change. Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 284-305.

    Butler, M. H., Davis, S. D., & Seedal, R. (2008). Common pitfalls of beginning therapists utilizing enactments. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34, 269-286.

    *Davis, S. D. & Piercy, F. P. (2007). What clients of MFT model developers and their former students say about change, Part I: Model dependent common factors across three models. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 318-343.

    *Davis, S. D. & Piercy, F. P. (2007). What clients of MFT model developers and their former students say about change, Part II: Model independent common factors and an integrative framework. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 344-363.

    *Blow, A. J., Sprenkle, D. S., & Davis, S. D. (2007). Is who delivers the treatment more important than the treatment itself?: The role of the therapist in common factors. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 298-317.

    Davis, S.D. (2005). Beyond technique: An autoethnographic exploration of how I learned to show love towards my father. The Qualitative Report, 10, 532-541.

    Huebner, A. J., Shettler, L., Matheson, J. L., Meszaros, P. S., Piercy, F. P., & Davis, S. D. (2005). Examining ethnic differences in predictors of female adolescent smoking in rural Virginia. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 15, 27-61.

    Davis, S. D., & Butler, M. H. (2004). Enacting relationships in Marriage and Family Therapy: A conceptual and operational definition of an enactment. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30, 319-334.

    Davis, S. D., Piercy, F. P., Meszaros, P. S., Huebner, A. J., Shetler, L., & Matheson, J. L. (2004). Female adolescent smoking: A Delphi study on best prevention practices. Journal of Drug Education, 34, 295-311.

    Huebner, A. J., Shettler, L., Matheson, J. L., Meszaros, P. S., Piercy, F. P., & Davis, S. D. (2004). Factors associated with former smokers among female adolescents in rural Virginia. Addictive Behaviors, 30, 167-173.

    *Three of the five most cited journal articles of all articles published in the top-ranked Journal of Marital and Family Therapy between 2005-2008.

    **Winner of the 2014 JMFT Article Of The Year Award

  • My Teaching

    I've taught a lot of courses over the years at various universities. I thought you may find it useful to know about some of the classes that I've taught.

    Undergraduate Courses Taught

    • Community Programs in Family Life
    • Introduction to Family Science
    • Human Sexuality
    • Introduction to Family Intervention

    Graduate Courses Taught

    • Common Factors in Couple and Family Therapy
    • Advanced MFT Research (Qualitative)
    • Familial Play Therapy
    • MFT Practicum
    • Advanced MFT Practicum
    • Working with Parents (Parenting)
    • Couples Therapy
    • Advanced Couples Therapy
    • Families and Chemical Dependency
    • Sex Therapy
    • Family Therapy Techniques
    • Interviewing Techniques
    • Introduction to Psychopathology
  • This is the academic version of a resume.