Jeff is a
contributor to "Early Warning, Timely Response," and the "1998,
1999, and 2000 President’s Annual Reports on School Safety." He has
written a book on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design for school
administrators. Jeff has authored a book on school safety with Hill Walker for
Guilford Publications (Sprague & Walker, 2005; www.guilford.com), and a book on School
Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports with Annemieke Golly (2005; www.sopriswest.com). In 2008 he published
a book on Response to Intervention and Behavior Supports (www.shoplrp.com). He has published more over
150 journal articles and book chapters. Dr.
Sprague currently directs an R01 research project from the National Institute
in Drug Abuse to conduct the first evaluation of the effects of Positive
Behavior Supports in middle schools and is co-principal investigator on five
Institute of Education Sciences Goal 2 development projects focusing on
Positive Behavior Supports, Response to Intervention for behavior, classroom
management, student self-management and PBIS implementation in Juvenile Justice
Some of Dr. Sprague’s
J.C., Crowley, R., Sprague, J., & Biglan, A. (in press). Observations of
the middle school environment: Context for student behavior beyond the
classroom. Psychology in the schools.
C.R., Rasetshwane, K., Sprague, J., Collins, T., Dart, E., Grant, S., &
Truelson, E. (2011). Universal screening of students at-risk for internalizing
disorders: Development and validation of the student internalizing behavior
screener. Assessment for Effective
Instruction 36(2), 71-79.
V., Coe, M., Burke, A., Hanita, M., and Sprague, J. (2011). Student-reported
overt and relational aggression and victimization in grades 3–8. (Issues
& Answers Report, REL 2011–No. 114). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of
Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education
Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest.
Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.
D., Bear, G., Sprague, J., & Doyle, W. (2010). How Can We Improve School
Discipline? Educational Researcher (39): 48-58.
R.H., Albin, R.A., Todd, A.W., Newton, S.J., & Sprague, J.R. (2010).
Designing and implementing individualized positive behavior support. In M.E.
Snell & F. Brown (Eds.), Instruction
of Students with Severe Disabilities. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
J. R., & Walker, H. M. (2010). Building safe and healthy schools to promote
school success: Critical issues, current challenges, and promising approaches.
In M. R. Shinn, H. M. Walker, & G. Stoner, eds. Interventions for achievement and behavior problems in a three-tier
model including RTI. Bethesda, MD: National Association of School
A. & Sprague, J.R. (2009). Positive
Behavior Support: Goed gedrag kun je
leren! Doelmatige strategieen voor in de school. Netherlands: Pica.
J.T. Tijmes, C. I., & Sprague, J.R.
(2009). Paz Educa Programa de
prevención de la violencia escolar. Santiago, CI: Fundación Paz Ciudadana.
C. M., Sprague, J. R., Jolivette, K., Smith, C. R., & Tobin, T. J. (2009).
Positive behavior support in alternative education, community-based mental
health, and juvenile justice settings. In W. Sailor, G. Dunlap R. H.
Horner, & G. Sugai (Eds.), Handbook of positive behavior support
(pp. 465-4960). New York: Springer.
J. R., & Perkins-Rowe, K. A. (2009). Direct and collateral effects of the
First Step to Success Program: Replication and extension of findings. Journal of Positive Behavioral
Interventions [add volume and page number]
Nelson, M.C., Sprague, J.R., Jolivette, K. Smith,
C. & Tobin, T. (2009) Positive behavior support
in alternative education, community-based mental health and juvenile justice
settings. The Handbook of Positive
Sprague, S., Axelrod, J., Keenan, S., Weissberg, R.,
Kendziora, K., & Zins, J. (2007). A comprehensive approach to addressing
behavioral and academic challenges in contemporary schools in J. Grimes &
A. Thomas (Eds.) Best Practices in School Psychology (5th Edition).
Sprague, J .R.,
Nishioka, V. N., & Smith, S.
G. (2007). Safe schools, positive
behavior supports, and mental health. In M. Furlong & S. Jimerson (eds.) Lessons learned from three safe
schools/healthy students communities.
Walker, H. M., & Sprague, J.
R. (2007). Early, evidence-based
intervention with school-related behavior disorders: Key issues, continuing
challenges, and promising practices. In J. B. Crockett, M. M. Gerber, & T. J. Landrum (Eds.), Achieving
the radical reform of special education: Essays in honor of James M.
Kauffman (pp. 37-58). Lawrence
Sprague, J., &
Horner, R. (2007). School Wide Positive
Behavioral Support. In S. R. Jimerson & M. J. Furlong (Eds.), Handbook of school violence and school
safety: From research to practice. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Sprague, J. R. & Golly, A. (2004). Best Behavior:
Building positive behavior support in schools. Longmont, Colorado: Sopris West
Sprague, J. R., & Walker, H. M.
(2005). Safe and healthy schools:
Practical Prevention Strategies. New York, New York: Guilford Press.
Schneider, T., Walker, H. M., & Sprague, J. R.
(2000). Safe school design: A
handbook for educational leaders. Eugene, OR: ERIC Clearinghouse
on Educational Management, College of Education, University
Tobin, T. J.,
& Sprague, J. (2003). Alternative educational
programs: Accommodating tertiary level, at-risk students. In M. R. Shinn, G.
Stoner, & H. M. Walker (Eds.), Interventions for academic and behavior
problems II: Preventive and remedial approaches (2nd ed.), (pp. 961-992). Silver Spring, Maryland:
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Paine, C.K, &
Sprague, J. (2002).
Dealing With a School Shooting Disaster: Lessons Learned From Springfield, Oregon. Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in
Youth, 2(2), 35-40.
Sprague, J., Walker,
H., Golly, A., White, K., Myers, D. R., Shannon, T. (2001). Translating Research into
Effective Practice: The Effects of a Universal Staff and Student Intervention
on Indicators of Discipline and School Safety.
Education and Treatment of Children, 24(4) 495-511.
Sprague, J., Walker, H., Sowards, S., Van Bloem,
C., Eberhardt, P., & Marshall, B.
(2002). Sources of Vulnerability to School Violence: Systems-Level Assessment and Strategies to
Improve Safety and Climate. In M.R. Shinn, G. Stoner, and
H.M. Walker (Eds.), Interventions for
Academic and Behavior Problems II: Preventive and Remedial Approaches, (2nd
ed.), (pp. 295-314).
Jeff is a
native Oregonian, husband and father of 2 girls who fly bicycles, runs, fishes and
Jeffrey Sprague Ph.D.
Phone: (541) 346-2465
Sprague is a Professor of Special
Education and Director of the University
of Oregon Institute on
Violence and Destructive Behavior. He directs federal, state and local research
and demonstration projects related to positive behavior interventions and supports,
response to intervention, youth violence prevention, alternative education,
juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment, and school safety. His research
activities encompass applied behavior analysis, positive behavior supports, behavioral
response to intervention, functional behavioral assessment, school safety,
youth violence prevention, and juvenile delinquency prevention. Dr. Sprague began his career as
a teacher of students with low incidence cognitive disabilities, and his early
career research was focused primarily in this content area. In 1990 and 1997, Dr. Sprague
coauthored the first guide to Functional Behavioral Assessment (O’Neill et al.,