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California School of Professional Psychology

Couple & Family Therapy

Sacramento Campus



Alliant International University Sacramento
2030 West El Camino Ave., Suite 200
Sacramento CA 95833


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Interviewing Techniques

Sex Therapy in MFT

Couples Therapy

Advanced MFT Research II (Qualitative)

Practicum and Reflecting Practices

Parent/Child Therapy Techniques

Family Therapy Techniques

Human Sexuality

Introduction to Psychopathology

Common factors across effective MFT models; MFT training and supervision; commonalities of healthy and distressed couples; process and outcome research; observational research; bridging the scientist/practitioner gap in MFT

Davis, S. D. (2006). 2006 AAMFT Thesis/Dissertation Award (awarded $750 to assist AAMFT conference travel costs)., 2006-2006

Davis, S. D. (2005). 2005 AAMFT Graduate Student Research Award (awarded $2250 to offset dissertation research costs)., 2005

Davis, S. D. (2003). Dr. Michael Sporakowski Travel Grant. Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech (funded for $500)., 2003

Academic History and Background

PhD, Virginia Tech, 2005, 2005

Author or co-author of three of the five most cited articles of all articles published in the top-ranked Journal of Marital and Family Therapy during 2005-2008., 2008

More publications during 2007 in the top-ranked Journal of Marital and Family Therapy than any other researcher in the world., 2007

AAMFT Dissertation Award, a nationally competitive award for an outstanding completed dissertation. The first person in the history of AAMFT to win both the Dissertation and Graduate Student Research Awards. 9, 2006

AAMFT Graduate Student Research Award, a nationally competitive award for innovative dissertation research., 2005

Winner of a Brigham Young University academic scholarship, a competitive scholarship awarded to select members of the general student body based on outstanding academic achievement., 1999

Winner of the Utah Valley State College Behavioral Science departmental scholarship, a competitive, full tuition scholarship awarded to one person each year., 1997

Maintained standing on the high honor roll, Utah Valley State College., 1997

Salutatorian, Escalante High School., 1993