human development and family studies

Transition Center, 2 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Jacqueline Sparks

  • Professor
  • Transition Center, Rm 213
  • Phone: 401.874.7425
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Jacqueline A. Sparks, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island. She is co-author of The Heroic Client and Heroic Clients, Heroic Agencies: Partners for Change. She is co-author of  six research articles and one review involving the Norway Couple Project, a series of analyses of data collected in the largest couple trial to date (Anker, Duncan, & Sparks, 2009; Sparks, in press). She co-developed the Child Outcome Rating Scale (CORS) (Duncan, Sparks, Miller, Bohanske, & Claud, 2006) and co-authored a cohort study exploring the effectiveness the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) in school based counseling for youth ages 7-11 (Cooper, Stewart, Sparks, & Bunting, 2012). Her other interests include training therapists using the PCOMS system, transforming systems of care to privilege client goals and promote social justice, and critical analysis of the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on research, media, and practice in mental health.


The impact of systematic integration of client feedback on outcome in couple and family therapy;  Patterns of the alliance in couple and family therapy; Use of client feedback in community-based systems of care for at-risk families; Incorporation of outcome management in clinical training and teaching curricula


  • Ph.D. in Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Anker, M. G., Duncan, B. L., & Sparks, J. A. (2009). Using client feedback to improve couple therapy outcomes: A randomized clinical trial in a naturalistic setting. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(4), 693-704.

Cooper, M., Stewart, D., Sparks, J., Bunting, L. (2012). School-based counseling using systematic feedback: A cohort study evaluating outcomes and predictors of change. Psychotherapy Research. DOI:10.1080/10503307.2012.735777

Duncan, B., Sparks, J., Miller, S., Bohanske, R., & Claud, D. (2006). Giving youth a voice: A preliminary study of the reliability and validity of a brief outcome measure for children. Journal of Brief Therapy, 3(1), 3-12.

Sparks, J. (in press). The Norway Couple Project: Lessons learned. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

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