Janet A. Schmidt, Ph.D., holds appointments as Senior Scientist and Project Manager for the Child and Family Program within the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Currently she is working on projects related to the impact of deployment and combat injury on military families as well as child neglect in the military. Her research interests include anxiety disorders, especially PTSD, program assessment and evaluation, in addition to factors related to post-secondary educational performance and academic achievement.
Dr. Schmidt earned her baccalaureate at Allegheny College followed by a Masters of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from The Ohio State University where she became interested in college student development. She received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. She continued working in a university environment (University of Maryland College Park) combining research, administration, counseling and teaching in positions such as Director of Institutional Research, Director of Student Research in the Clark School of Engineering and Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Assessment in the College of Education over a span of 20 years. She taught and supervised doctoral student research as an Assistant Affiliate Professor in the Counseling and Personnel Services Department. Dr. Schmidt and several colleagues received nearly $2 million dollars in grant funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study factors impacting student academic success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr. Schmidt has written numerous publications in journals ranging from the Journal of Counseling Psychology to a textbook for engineering professors. She has been a proposal reviewer for NSF for nearly 10 years and consults on effective grant writing practices.