Research

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Direct quote from Chris: “My experiences teaching and working with adolescents, families, and students within higher education continue to lead me to focus my research efforts on enhancing developmental potentials through counseling and educational programming. Through my research I seek to provide practice-oriented methods for responding to current needs within mental health and education and contribute to the production of knowledge in these areas. I have two specific lines of research inquiry that have been established during my time at Villanova and will continue to develop in the coming years. The first is focused on understanding and designing best practices for enhancing cognitive complexity, moral development, and reflective practice within students of higher education (and counseling students in particular). The second is focused on investigating the impact of family systems on both adolescent and adult development. Additionally, both of these areas of research link closely with and therefore are immediately applicable to my graduate and undergraduate teaching.”

The driving force of Chris’ research agenda is focused on the preparation of counselors and mental health providers. National projections continue to show a tremendous need for well-prepared and effective providers of mental health services both now and through 2025. These providers will need to be able to successfully manage large multi-problem caseloads while remaining current on the most effective forms of treatment. Empirical research highlights that the most effective providers of mental health services have a common level of skillfulness in their practice, high levels of cognitive complexity, and apply evidence based practices based on sound assessment (Miller, Hubble & Duncan, 2008; Sexton, 1999).

Links to Chris’ Research & Writing:

Becker-Haimes, E. M., Okamura, K. H., Baldwin, C., Wahesh, E., Schmidt, C., & Beidas, R. S. (in press) Understanding the landscape of behavioral health pre-service training to inform evidence-based intervention implementation. Psychiatric Services

Schmidt, C. D., Havlik, S., & Malott, K. (2018). Undergraduate Minor in Counseling Program: Design, Implementation, and Reflection.  Journal of Counselor Preparation & Supervision,11, 1. Counseling Minor

Wahesh, E., Kemer, G., Willis, B. & Schmidt, C. (2017). An Analysis of Peer Feedback Exchanged in Group Supervision.  Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision, 56. 274- 288. DOI: 10.1002/ceas.12085 Peer Feedback

Gehlert, N. C., Schmidt, C. D., Giegerich, V. & Luquet, W. (2016). Randomized controlled trial of imago relationship therapy: exploring statistical and clinical significance. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/15332691.2016.1253518 Download a Copy

Schmidt, C. D. & Gehlert, N. (2016). Couples therapy and empathy: An evaluation of the impact of imago relationship therapy on partner empathy levels. The Family Journal. DOI: 10.1177/1066480716678621 (online version)

Schmidt, C. D., Luquet, W., & Gehlert, N. (2015). Evaluating the Impact of the “Getting The Love You Want” Couples Workshop on Relational Satisfaction and Communication Patterns. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. Published online 25 July 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15332691.2014.978061

Schmidt, C. D. (2014). Questioning intuition through reflective engagement. The Journal of Moral Education, 43(6), 429-446.

Presentation at ACES- Philly 2015: ACES 2015 Intution Presentation- CDS

Schmidt, C. D. (2014). Integrating continuous client feedback into counselor education. The Journal of Counselor Preparation & Supervision, 6(2), 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.7729/52.1094

Davidson, K. M. & Schmidt, C. D. (2014). Exploring Counselor Educators’ Pedagogical Practices: Cultivating Competent Counselors through Increased Cognitive Complexity and Reflective Practice. Journal for International Counselor Education, 6, 1-27.

Schmidt, C. D. (2014). Professional Settings & Career Choices.   In V. F. Sangganjanavanich & C. A. Reynolds (Eds.), Introduction to Professional Counseling, pg. 72-104.

Schmidt, C. D., Adkins, C. & Davidson, K. (2013). Applying What Works: A Case for Deliberate Psychological Education in Undergraduate Business Ethics. Journal of Education for Business, 88(3), 127-135. DOI:10.1080/08832323.2012.659295

Mason, M. J., Schmidt, C. D. & Mennis, J. (2012). Dimensions of Religiosity and Access to Religious Social Capital: Correlates with Substance Use Among Urban Adolescents. Journal of Primary Prevention, 33(5-6), 229-237. Doi: 10.1007/s10935-012-0283-y

Malott, K. M. & Schmidt, C. D. (2012). Counseling Families Formed by Transracial Adoption: Bridging the Gap in the Multicultural Counseling Competencies. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 20(4), 384-391. doi: 10.1177/1066480712451231

Schmidt, C. D. & Adkins, C. P. (2012). Understanding, Valuing, and Teaching Reflection in Counselor Education: A Phenomenological Inquiry. Reflective Practice: International & Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 13(1), 77-96. DOI:10.1080/14623943.2011.626024

Schmidt, C. D., Hardinge, G. & Rokutani, L. (2012). Expanding the School Counselor Repertoire Through STEM-focused Career Development. The Career Development Quarterly. 60(1), 25-35. DOI: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2012.00003.x

Mason, M. J., Mennis, J., & Schmidt, C. D. (2011). A Social Operation Model of Urban Adolescence’ Tobacco and Substance Use: A Mediational Analysis. Journal of Adolescence 34, 1055-1063.

Schmidt, C. & McAdams, C. (2009). Promoting the moral reasoning of undergraduate business students through a deliberate psychological education-based classroom intervention. Journal of Moral Education, 38, 3, 315-334. Doi: 10.1080/03057240903101556

Mason, M. J., Schmidt, C. D., Abraham, A. A., Walker, L. R. & Tercyak, K. P. (2009). Adolescents’ social environment and depression: Social networks, extracurricular activity, and family relationship influences. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 16, 346-354.

McAdams, C. & Schmidt, C. (2007). How to help a bully: Counseling the proactive aggressor. Professional School Counselor, 11, 2, 120-128.

Selected Presentations:

Schmidt, C. (September, 2016). Insight into the Development and Implementation of an Undergraduate Minor in Counseling Program. Presented at the North Atlantic Association of Counselor Education & Supervision Conference. Syracuse, NY.

Schmidt, C. (October, 2015). Reflection as an act of questioning intuition: Impacts on moral education and development. Association of Counselor Education & Supervision, Philadelphia, PA.

Wahesh, E., Kemer, G., Willis, B. & Schmidt, C. (September, 2014). Peer Feedback Exchange in Group Supervision: Implications for Practice. Association of Counselor Education & Supervision, Philadelphia, PA.

Gehlert, N. & Schmidt, C. (March, 2015). Couples Counseling Research: Randomized Controlled Trial of Imago Relationship Therapy. Research  presented at the American Counseling Association Conference. Orlando, FL.

Schmidt, C. (April, 2014). Considering Best Practices and Developmental Achievements in Counselor Supervision. Presenter & Panel Speaker. Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education & Supervision. Philadelphia, PA.

Schmidt, C. (October, 2013). Integrating Continuous Client Feedback Data into Counselor Training: Best Practices and Developmental Achievements. Association of Counselor Education & Supervision Conference, Denver, CO.

Gehlert, N., Schmidt, C & Luquet, W. (October, 2013). Accountability and Obligation: Making Progress Toward Validating Our Practices, Imago Relationships International Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Schmidt, C. (June, 2013). Intuition and reasoning: Translating reflections during developmental transitions. Association of Humanistic Counseling Conference, New York, NY.

Schmidt, C. (September, 2012). Incorporating Consistent Client Feedback into Counselor Education. North Atlantic Region of Counselor Education & Supervision, Niagara Falls, NY.

Schmidt, C. (April, 2012). Incorporating Consistent Client Feedback into Counselor Education. Roundtable discussion leader at the Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, West Chester, PA.

Schmidt, C. (October, 2011).   Intellectual and Emotional Development: Translating Reflections during Developmental Transitions. Research presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Moral Education, Nanjing, China.

Schmidt, C., Heyward, K, & Foster, V. (November, 2010). Integrating the Moral Conversation into the Family Therapy Context: Results of a Program of Family therapy, Parent Education and Group Counseling for Aggressive Youth. Research presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Moral Education, St. Louis, MO.

Schmidt, C. & Rokutani, L. (November, 2009). Expanding Curative Factors in Groups; Bringing the Group Process to Life. Full-day training delivered to Northeastern Virginia Community Services Board employees. Winchester, VA.

Schmidt, C. & Rokutani, L. (October, 2009). Evidence and Consensus-Based Practice for Co-Occurring Disorders. Full-day training delivered to Northeastern Virginia Community Services Board employees. Winchester, VA.

Schmidt, C. & Rokutani, L. (August, 2009). Family Counseling and Addictions. Full-day training delivered to Central Virginia Community Services Board employees. Lynchburg, VA.

Schmidt, C. (August, 2009). Family Counseling and Addictions. Half-day training delivered to Central Virginia Community Services Board employees. Lynchburg, VA.

Schmidt, C. & Rokutani, L. (June, 2009). Family Counseling and Addictions. Full-day training delivered to Northeastern Virginia Community Services Board employees. Winchester, VA.

Schmidt, C. & Adkins, C. (November, 2007). Promoting the Ethical Development of Business Students Through a Deliberate Psychological Education-Based Classroom Intervention. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Moral Education, New York, NY.

Schmidt, C. (October, 2007). Promoting the Ethical Development of Business Students Through a Deliberate Psychological Education-Based Classroom Intervention. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Columbus, OH.

Schmidt, C. & Benoit, E. (October, 2007). Insiders’ view of an in-house clinic: Service and training amidst student leadership. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Columbus, OH.

Schmidt, C. D. & Adkins, C. (March, 2007). Assessing the Impact of Deliberate Psychological Education in Business Ethics: A Critical Gap in the Research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Adult Development, Boston, MA.

Schmidt, C. (September, 2006). Sharing Our Knowledge: A Cognitive Developmental Perspective on Teaching Business Ethics. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Orlando, Fl.

Schmidt, C. & Keel, D. (September, 2006). The Teaching and Learning of Reflection for Practice: Perspectives of Students and Faculty in a M.Ed. Counseling Program. Poster presented a the bi-annual meeting of the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Orlando, Fl.

Schmidt, C., Keel, D., & Adkins, C. (March, 2006). The Teaching and Learning of Reflection in a M.Ed. Counseling Program: A Qualitative Study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Counseling Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Schmidt, C. (February, 2006). Counselors Without Borders: A Closer Look at Home-based Counseling Services. Presentation delivered at the annual Virginia Counseling Graduate Student Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Schmidt, C. & Keener, H. (February, 2006). Men in Therapy: A Neglected Dimension. Presentation delivered at the annual Virginia Counseling Graduate Student Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Schmidt, C. & Gressard, R. (November, 2005). The Development of an Instrument: The Creation of a “Paradigms of Faith Inventory” Based on Fowler’s Stages of Faith. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia Counselors’ Association Conference, Portsmouth, VA.

Schmidt, C. & Keener, H. (November, 2005). Practicing Eclecticism from an Empirical Perspective: A Cognitive Developmental Client Matching Model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia Counselors’ Association Conference, Portsmouth, VA.

Schmidt, C., Griffin, D., Russett, J., & Keel, D. (October, 2005). A Documentary of Collaboration: Supervision of the Masters Practicum by a First- year Doctoral Student Cohort. Roundtable presentation delivered at the bi-annual Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Schmidt, C. & Keener, H. (April, 2005). Client Matching: A Cognitive-Developmental Framework. Presentation delivered at the annual Virginia Counseling Graduate Student Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Schmidt, C., Griffin, D., Russett, J., & Keel, D. (April, 2005). A Documentary of Collaboration: Supervision of the Master’s Practicum by a First-Year Doctoral Student Cohort. Presentation delivered at the annual Virginia Counseling Graduate Student Conference, Williamsburg, VA.