Sean Davis

Sean Davis | Professor

  • California School of Professional Psychology

  • Marital and Family Therapy (MA)
  • Sacramento Campus

Research Interests

Common factors across effective MFT models; bridging the scientist/practitioner gap in MFT; International MFT education

Biography

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.

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

Courses

  • 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
  • Interviewing Techniques

Honors

  • 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).

Publications

2017

Wilson, K. L., Glebova, T., Davis, S. D., & Seshadri, G. (2017). Adolescent mothers in foster care: Relational ethics, depressive symptoms and health problems through a contextual therapy lens. Contemporary Family Therapy, 39, 150-161. Doi: 10.1007/s10591-017-9417-y

2015

Karam, E., Davis, S. D., & Sprenkle, D. H. (2015). Targeting Threats to the Therapeutic Alliance: A Primer for MFT Training. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 389-400. Doi: 10.1111/jmft.12097.

2015

Karam, E., Blow, A., Sprenkle, D. H. , & Davis, S. D. (2015). Strengthening the Systemic Ties that Bind: Integrating Common Factors into MFT Curricula. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 136-149. Doi: 10.1111/jmft.12096.

2014

Dattilio, F. M., Piercy, F. P., & Davis, S. D. (2014). The divide between "evidence-based" ap-proaches and practitioners of traditional theories of family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 40, 5-16. Doi: 10.111/jmft.12032.

2014

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, 40, 20-33. Doi: 10.1111/jmft.12041.

2012

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

2012

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

2012

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

2010

Datillio, F. M., Jongsma, A. E., & Davis, S. D. (2010). The family therapy treatment planner. (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

2008

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

2007

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.

2007

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 in-tegrative framework. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 344-363.

2007

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.

2005

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.

2004

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.

2004

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.

2004

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.

2018

Grady, J., Banford Witting, A., Kim, A., & Davis, S. (in press). Differences in Unit Cohesion and Combat-Related Mental Health Problems Based on Attachment Styles in US Military Veterans. Contemporary Family Therapy.

2018

Laszloffy, T. A., & Davis, S. D. (2018). Nurturing nature: Exploring ecological self-of-the-therapist issues. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

2019

Nichols, M. P., & Davis, S. D. (in press). Essentials of family therapy (7th ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson.

2018

Lebow, J., Chambers, A., & Breunlin, D. C (Eds) (2018). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, New York: Springer. (Associate editor for this project, in charge of editing ap-proximately 75 chapters)

2016

Nichols, M. P., & Davis, S. D. (2016). Family therapy: Concepts and methods (11th ed.). Columbus, OH: Pearson.

2014

Bean, R. A., Davis, S. D., & Davey, M. P. (Eds.) (2014). Clinical Supervision Activities for In-creasing Competence and Self-Awareness, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

2009

Sprenkle, D. H., Davis, S. D., & Lebow, J. (2009) Common factors in couple and family therapy: The overlooked foundation for effective practice. New York: Guilford Press.

2018

Lou-Barton, G. & Davis, S. D. (2018). Systems theory. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer.

2017

Davis, S. D. (2017). Piercy, Fred. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_790-1

2017

Davis, S. D. (2017). Common factors in couple and family therapy. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_515-1

2016

Davis, S. D. & Espinoza, S. A. (2016). Enactments. In Weeks, G., Fife, S., & Peterson, C. (Eds.) Techniques for the Couples Therapist: Essential Interventions. New York: Routledge.

2016

Davis, S. D. (2016). Enactments in five developmental stages. In Weeks, G., Fife, S., & Peterson, C. (Eds.) Techniques for the Couples Therapist: Essential Interventions. New York: Routledge.

2014

Davis, S. D., Dattilio, F. M., & Gonzalez, A. (2014). Family Therapy. In Cautin, R., & Lilienfeld, S. (Eds), Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

2014

Davis, S. D., & Gonzalez, A. (2014). A new experience with the family of origin. In Bean, R. A., Davis, S. D., & Davey, M. P. (Eds), Clinical Supervision Activities for Increasing Competence and Self-Awareness, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

2005

Piercy, F. P., Soekandar, A., Limansubroto, C., & Davis, S. D. (2005). Family therapy with Indonesians. In M. McGoldrick, J. Pearce, & J. Giordano (Eds.), Ethnicity and family therapy (3rd ed. pp. 332-338). New York: Guilford.

2005

Benningfield, A. B. & Davis, S. D. (2005). Family business consultation: Opportunities for MFTs. In S. M Harris, D. C. Ivey, & R. A. Bean (Eds.), A practice that works: Strategies to supplement your stand alone therapy practice (pp. 211-223). New York: Taylor & Francis.

2018

Davis, S. D., Gonzalez, V. & Sahabzadi, S. (2018). Therapeutic alliance in couple and family therapy. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer.

2018

Davis, S. D. (2018). Sprenkle, Douglas. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer.

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