Dr. Davis earned his BA in Family Studies and MS in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University. He earned his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Davis' work focuses on common factors of effective marriage and family therapy treatments. He is widely published in this area, most notably having co-authored the first book on this subject and two articles for which he and his co-authors received the 2014 and 2015 article of the year award in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, his field's top journal. Dr. Davis is also the co-author (with Dr. Michael Nichols) of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, one of the field's most widely used theory textbooks. In addition to his work on common factors, Dr. Davis enjoys international education opportunities, having taken students to Mexico and Italy.
Common factors across effective MFT models; bridging the scientist/practitioner gap in MFT; International MFT education
Editorial Council, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. A small group of scholars in charge of helping the editor chart the direction of the journal.
PhD, Virginia Tech, 2005
Sex Therapy in MFT
Advanced MFT Research II (Qualitative)
Practicum and Reflecting Practices
Parent/Child Therapy Techniques
Family Therapy Techniques
Introduction to Psychopathology
Reviewer of the Year, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
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.
More publications during 2007 in the top-ranked Journal of Marital and Family Therapy than any other researcher in the world.
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
Davis, S. D. (2006). 2006 AAMFT Thesis/Dissertation Award (awarded $750 to assist AAMFT conference travel costs).
AAMFT Graduate Student Research Award, a nationally competitive award for innovative dissertation research.
Davis, S. D. (2005). 2005 AAMFT Graduate Student Research Award (awarded $2250 to offset dissertation research costs).