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Schmidt, Carla



Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

College of Education
University of Florida
PO Box 117050
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4262
Fax: 352-392-2655
Email: carla.schmidt@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Carla Schmidt, PhD, BCBA-D is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies (SESPECS) in the College of Education at the University of Florida. Dr. Schmidt received her PhD in Special Education from the University of Missouri (2010) where she studied Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavior disorders, and single-subject research design. Following her doctoral studies, Dr. Schmidt was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Post-doctoral Fellow at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas working on school based social competence interventions for individuals with ASD and ABA. Dr. Schmidt has also held faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Hawaii in departments of Special Education and Behavior Analysis. Her research interests include the use of behavioral interventions based on applied behavior analysis for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), supporting community integration for youth and young adults with ASD and the use of technology-based interventions.

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (2010) in Behavior Disorders/Special Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Masters of Special Education (2007) in Autism Spectrum Disorders, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Masters in Public Administration (2006), University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (2003)

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor (2018-Present): University of Florida, College of Education, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, Gainesville, FL.

Assistant Professor of Research (2015-2018): University of Cincinnati, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), Department of Special Education & Behavior Analysis, Cincinnati, OH.

Assistant Professor (2011-2015): University of Hawai‘i,–Ma̅noa, Department of Special Education & Center on Disability Studies, Honolulu, HI.

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2010-2012): Institute of Education Sciences, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Schmidt, M., Glaser, N., Schmidt, C., & Palmer, H. (in press). Promoting acquisition and generalization of embodied skills in a 3D collaborative virtual learning environment for individuals severely impacted by autism. In B. Hokanson (Ed.), A new focus for learning: Educational technology beyond content. New York, NY: Springer.

Laffey, J., Schmidt, M., Stichter, J., Schmidt, C., Oprean, D., Herzog, M., et al. (2009). Designing for social interaction and social competence in a 3D-VLE. In D. Russell (Ed.), Cases on collaboration in virtual learning environments: Processes and interactions. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Journal Articles

Haydon, T., Schmidt, C., Buncher, A., & Carnahan, C.  (2019). Comparing numbered heads together with and without peer led opportunities to respond: A case study. Education and Treatment of Children, 42, 245-264.

Carnahan, C., Schmidt, C., Doyle, K., & Clouse, D. (2017). Advancement and transition services: A university based model for changing outcomes for adults with significant intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities. Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Online Journal, 4(1), 159-176. 

Schmidt, C., Schmidt, M., Thiemann-Bourque, K., Kamps, D., & Mason, R. (2017). Investigation of language development of children with autism receiving peer networks intervention. Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 23(1), 3-17.

MacSuga-Gage, A., Schmidt, M., McNiff, M., Gage, N., & Schmidt, C. (2015). Is there an app for that? A model to help PK-12 school-based professionals identify, implement, and evaluate technology. Beyond Behavior, 24(1).

Schmidt, C., & Stichter, J. P. (2014). The use of peer mediated interventions to promote the generalization of social competence for adolescents with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Exceptionality, 22, 94-113. Note: Reprinted in online special issue.

Schmidt, M. Galyen, K., Laffey, J., Babiuch, R., & Schmidt, C. (2013). Open source software and design-based research symbiosis in developing 3D virtual learning environments for individuals with autism: Examples from the iSocial project. The Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 25(1). 

Schmidt, C., & Stichter, J. P. (2012). The use of peer mediated interventions to promote the generalization of social competence for adolescents with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, Exceptionality, 20(2), 94-113.

Schmidt, M., Laffey, C., Schmidt, C., Wang, X., & Stichter, J. (2012). Developing methods for understanding social behavior in a 3D virtual learning environment. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 405-413.

Stichter, J., Herzog, M., O’Connor, K., & Schmidt, C. (2012). A preliminary examination of a general social outcome measure. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 38, 40-52.

Schmidt, C., Stichter, J. P., Lierheimer, K., McGee, S., & O’Connor, K. (2011). Generalization of a school-based social competence intervention (SCI-S) for youth with high functioning autism. Autism Research and Treatment, 1-11.

Randolf, J. K., Stichter, J. P., Schmidt, C., & Visovsky, K. (2011). Fidelity and effectiveness of PRT implemented by caregivers without college degrees. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26, 230-238.

Schultz, T., Schmidt, C., & Stichter, J. P. (2011). Parent education programs for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder:  An integrative review of the literature. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26, 96-104.

Gage, N. A., Adamson, R., Mitchell, B. S., Lierheimer, K., O’Connor, K. V., Bailey, N., Schultz, T., Schmidt, C., & Jones, S. (2010). Promise and possibility in special education services for students with emotional and behavioral disorders: Peacock Hill revisited, Behavioral Disorders, 35, 294-307.

Stichter, J. P., Herzog, M. J., Visovsky, K., Schmidt, C., Randolph, J., Schultz, T., & Gage, N. (2010). Social competence intervention for youth with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism: An initial investigation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 1067-1079.

Schmidt, M., Laffey, J., Stichter, J. P., Goggins, S., & Schmidt, C. (2008). The design of iSocial: A three-dimensional, multi-user, virtual learning environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders to learn social skills. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 4(2), 29-38.

Stichter, J. P., Randolph, J., Gage, N., & Schmidt, C. (2007). A review of recommended practices in effective social competency programs for students with ASD. Exceptionality, 15, 219-232.