Jeffrey Sprague
Professor, Special Education; Director, University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

Higher Ed; K-12

  • Attendance and absenteeism
  • Back-to-school
  • Behavior
  • Bullying
  • Mental health
  • Risky behavior
  • Safety and violence
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Jeffrey Sprague is an expert in school violence, school safety, positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, and juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of special education and the director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior. 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 and has authored a book on school safety. Jeff recently completed a research project from the National Institute in Drug Abuse to conduct the first randomized control trial of the effects of Positive Behavior Supports in middle schools. He is also co-principal investigator on five Institute of Education Sciences Goal 2 development projects focusing on PBIS in schools, Response to Intervention for behavior, classroom management, student self-management and PBIS implementation in juvenile justice settings.