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Jeffrey R. Sprague

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358 Clinical Services Building 1265 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1265
(541) 346-3592
Professor, Special Education
B.S., Special Education, University of Oregon, 1980
M.S., Special Education, University of Oregon, 1981
Ph.D., Severe behavior disorders, personnel development, social integration. University of Oregon, 1990

Jeffrey Sprague is a professor of special education and director of the UO Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior. He directs federal, state, and local research and demonstration projects related to positive behavior 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, functional behavioral assessment, school safety, youth violence prevention, and juvenile delinquency prevention.

Sprague is a contributor to ""Early Warning, Timely Response,"" and the ""1998, 1999, and 2000 President's Annual Reports on School Safety."" In 1990 and 1997, he coauthored the first guide to Functional Behavioral Assessment (O'Neill et al., 1997). He has written a book on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design for school administrators. Jeff Sprague has authored a book on school safety with Hill Walker for Guilford Publications (Sprague & Walker, 2005;, and a book on School Wide Positive Behavior Supports with Annemieke Golly (2004; In 2008 he published a book on Response to Intervention and Behavior Supports ( He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Sprague directs an R01 research grant from National Institute in Drug Abuse to conduct the first evaluation of the effects of Positive Behavior Supports in middle schools.


Some of Jeff Sprague's publications include Skiba, R. & Sprague, J.R. (2008, Fall). A safe climate for learning. Educational Leadership. Sprague, J. R., & Walker, H. M. (in press). 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. INSERT City, State: National Association of School Psychologists. INSERT City, State:Publisher.

Sprague, J.R., Cook, C.R., Wright, D.B., & Sadler, C. (2008). RTI and behavior: A guide to integrating behavioral and academic supports. Horsham, PA: LRP Publications.

Sprague, J. R., & Perkins Rowe, K. A. (in press). Direct and collateral effects of the First Step to Success Program: Replication and extension of findings. Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions.

Nelson, M.C., Sprague, J.R., Jolivette, K. Smith, C. & Tobin, T. (in press) Positive behavior support in alternative education, community-based mental health and juvenile justice settings. The Handbook of Positive Behavior Supports.

Osher, D. Sprague, S., Axelrod, J., Keenan, S., Weissberg, R., Kendziora, K., & Zins, J. (In press). 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 Erlbaum Associates.

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 Educational Services.

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 of Oregon.

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).


Jeffery Sprague's research activities include applied behavior analysis, severe behavioral disorders, school safety, school violence prevention, special education teacher training, school-to-work transition, and social integration. Sprague's current projects include: Peaceable Educational Practices Project; Hamilton Fish National Consortium on School and Community Violence; Evaluation of three Safe Schools/Healthy Students Communities in Oregon; Evaluation of the Deschutes County (Oregon) Community Youth Investment Project, and; Staff Development Activities for School-wide discipline and safety in Oregon, California and Arkansas.