Faculty Profile: Richard Sprott

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Richard Sprott

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. As a researcher he has focused on the interconnections of social development and language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and the impact of stigma and prejudice on interactions between counselors/therapists and members of stigmatized groups. He has examined in detail the relationship between professional identity development and the development of professional ethics in medical doctors, ministers and teachers. In addition, he has a long history of conducting program evaluations for educational programs for migrant farmworker families, which highlight the ways in which social organizations and communities help and hinder the educational achievement of migrant farmworker children. All of these efforts highlight the ways in which stigma, prejudice, minority dynamics, language, identity development and community development all intersect and affect each other. He is also serving currently as the Executive Director of CARAS (the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities), a nonprofit corporation designed to promote scientific and scholarly research on BDSM sexuality, polyamory and other forms of negotiated non-monogamy. Richard currently teaches courses in Human Development for the California State University system and graduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley, Holy Names University, and Saybrook University."

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Community-Based Research and Leather/Kink Communities: Needs and Challenges in Healthcare

To be presented during Creating Change 2014, Houston, Jan 29-Feb 2, 2014


Who are These Leather People, and Why do We Need to Include Them? Kink History, Culture, Communities and Dilemmas

To be presented during Creating Change 2014, Houston, Jan 29-Feb 2, 2014


Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, 1994, University of California at Berkeley

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Field Placement Administrator, Counseling and Forensic Psychology Programs, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA (2012 to present)

Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (2006 – present). Founding Executive Director. Nonprofit organizational development, managing research networking, community organizational development, creating an information clearinghouse website, research on sexuality in adulthood, directing annual conferences and Continuing Education events/workshops for clinicians.

California Pacific Medical Center, Institute for Health and Healing.  Research Coordinator, Medical Humanities and Values Project.  (1994 – 2005; 2012 to present) Research Associate.  ethical reasoning assessment, professional development evaluation, educational intervention evaluation.

Research Interests


Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling