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Ara J. Schmitt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Counseling, Psychology and Special Education

G3B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1057

Education:

Ph.D., School Psychology, Illinois State University, 2001
B. S., Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
Bio

Dr. Schmitt is an Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Programs at Duquesne University. He received his PhD from Illinois State University and completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residence at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Dr. Schmitt's research interests include the neuropsychological assessment and evidence-based intervention of learning problems, school-based manifestations of chronic illness, cognitive styles associated with childhood bullying, and professional issues in school psychology. He is the author of a well-regarded book, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and workshops/presentations offered at national, regional, and local scholarly venues.

Courses

Child Neuropsychology
Biological Basis of Behavior
Role and Function of School Psychologists
Advanced Doctoral Practicum Seminar
Directed Research

Representative Publications

Hawkins, R. O., McCallum, E., & Schmitt, A. J. (in press). Comparing the efficiency of adult-mediated repeated reading and listening-while-reading on reading fluency and comprehension. Education and Treatment of Children.

Missen, N., Bagnato, S., Crothers, L.M., Schmitt, A. J., Wells, D. S., & Kolbert, J. B. (in press).
Social and behavioral problems in an urban at-risk preschool population. International Education Research.

McCallum, E. & Schmitt, A. J. (2014). An application of the taped spelling intervention to improve spelling skills. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 14, 51-80.

Crothers, L. M., Schmitt, A. J., Hughes, T. L., Radliff, K., Theodore, L. A., Ward, S. B., & Lipinski, J. (2013). Perceptions of gender inequity in salary and negotiation practices of school psychology faculty and practitioners. The School Psychologist, 67, 40-46.

Schmitt, A. J., Balles, J., & Venesky, L. (2013). An exploratory investigation of the relations among annual school absences, reading curriculum based measurement, and a high stakes state reading assessment. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 29, 90-103.

Schmitt, A. J., & Graham, A. (2013). Practical roles of teachers in the psychoeducational management of chronic illnesses (pp.151-175). In J. B. Kolbert & L. M. Crothers (Eds.), Understanding and managing behaviors of children with psychological disorders: A reference for classroom teachers. New York: Bloomsbury.

Schmitt, A. J., Robertson, R., Hennessey, J., Jaquette, C. H., & Vernon-Dotson, L. (2013). Considerations regarding the workplace bullying of persons with disabilities (pp.237-254). In J. Lipinski & L. M. Crothers (Eds.), Bullying in the workplace: causes, symptoms, and remedies. New York: Routledge.

McCallum, E., & Schmitt, A. J. (2012). The Taped Problems Intervention: Increasing the math fact fluency of a student with an intellectual disability. International Journal of Special Education, 26, 1-9.

Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., Hennessey, J., Lovelace, T., & Hawkins, R. O. (2012). Use of reading pen assistive technology to accommodate post-secondary students with reading disabilities. Assistive Technology, 24, 229-239.

Schmitt, A. J., Miller, J. A., Long, K., & Certo, J. (2012). Executive functioning profiles of children who display inattentive and overactive behavior in general education classrooms. The School Psychologist, 66, 10 - 16.

McCallum, E., & Schmitt, A. J. (2011). Using technology in schools to enhance student performance. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 12, 129-130.

Schmitt, A. J. (2011). Commentary on "Childhood leukemia survivors and their return to school: A literature review, case study, and recommendations". Journal of Applied School Psychology, 27, 276-283.

Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., Rubinic, D., & Hawkins, R. O. (2011). Reading pen decoding and vocabulary accommodations: Impact on student comprehension accuracy and rate. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 12, 223-241.

Wodrich, D. L., Schmitt, A. J., & Goldberg, J. (2010). Using neuropsychological instruments in school settings: Possibilities and limitations (pp. 199-228). In E. R. Arzubi (Ed.), A guide to neuropsychological testing for health care professionals. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Crothers, L. M., Schmitt, A. J., Hughes, T. L., Lipinski, J., Theodore, L. A., Radliff, K., & Ward, S. (2010). Gender differences in salary in a female-dominated profession. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25, 605-626.

Hale, A. D., Hawkins, R.O., Sheeley, W., Reynolds, J. R., Jenkins, S., Schmitt, A. J., & Martin, D.A. (2010). An investigation of silent versus aloud reading comprehension of elementary students using maze assessment procedures. Psychology in the Schools, 48, 4 - 13.

McCallum, E., Schmitt, A. J., Schneider, D., Rezzetano, K., & Skinner, C. (2010). Extending research on the taped problems intervention: Does adding group rewards enhance fluency development? School Psychology Forum, 4, 44-61.

Poncy, B. C., McCallum, E., & Schmitt, A. J. (2010). A comparison of behavioral and constructivist interventions for increasing math-fact fluency in a second-grade classroom. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 917-930.

Schmitt, A. J., Hale, A., & McCallum, E. (2010). Accommodating remedial readers in the general education setting: Is listening-while-reading sufficient to improve factual and inferential comprehension? Psychology in the Schools, 48, 37-45.

Schmitt, A. J., Wodrich, D. L., & Lazar, S. (2010). Type 1 diabetes mellitus case decisions: Health-related service considerations for school psychologists. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 803-816.

Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., Hale, A. D., Obeldobel, E., & Dingus, K. (2009). Can text-to-speech assistive technology improve the reading comprehension of students with severe reading and emotional disabilities? Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, 10, 95-115.
 
Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., Hale, A. D., Obeldobel, E., & Dingus, K. (2009). Using text-to-speech assistive technology to improve the reading comprehension of students with severe reading and emotional disabilities. Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, 10, 120-123.

Schmitt, A. J., & Wodrich, D. L. (2008). Reasons and rationales for neuropsychological tests in a multitier system of school services. Psychology in the Schools, 45, 826-837.

Wendling, B. J., Schrank, F. A., & Schmitt, A. J. (2007). Educational Interventions Related to the Woodcock-Johnson ® III Tests of Achievement (Assessment Service Bulletin No. 8). Rolling Meadows, IL: Riverside Publishing.

Wodrich, D. L., & Schmitt, A. J. (2006). Patterns of learning disorders: Working systematically from assessment to intervention. New York: The Guilford Press.

Schmitt, A. J., & Wodrich, D. L. (2004). Validation of a developmental neuropsychological assessment (NEPSY) through comparison of neurological, scholastic concerns, and control groups. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 19, 1077-1093.

Wodrich, D. L., & Schmitt, A. J. (2003). Pediatric topics in the school psychology literature: Publications since 1981. Journal of School Psychology, 41, 131-141.

Recent Presentations

Hoffman, R., Piselli, K., Schutte, K., & Schmitt, A. J. (2015, February). Pediatric epilepsy: Considerations for evidence-based assessment and intervention. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando: FL.

Wells, D. S., Schmitt, A. J., Buzgon, J., Berbary, C., Kolbert, J., Stephenson, E., Griffin, A., & Crothers. L. M. (2015, February). Cognitive correlates of relational and social aggression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando: FL.

Schmitt, A. J., Hoffman, R., Jaquette, C. H., Piselli, K., Schreiber, J., & Schutte, K. (August, 2014). Follow up confirmatory factor analysis and validity of the High Ability Rating Scale. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington: DC.

Hoffman, R. & Schmitt, A. J. (2014, February). Brief experimental analysis to evaluate the effects of reading assistive technology. Mini-skills workshop presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Washington: DC.

Schmitt, A. J., Jaquette, C. H., Hoffman, R., Piselli, K., & Schreiber, J. (2013, July). Confirmatory factor analysis of the high ability rating scale. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Schmitt, A. J., Jaquette, C. H., Hoffman, R., & Piselli, K (2013, July). Effects of using text-to-speech assistive technology to edit writing. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Crothers, L. M., Kolbert, J. B., Kanyongo, G. Y., Schmitt, A. J., Fenclau, E., Albright, C. M., Woodarek, J., & Wells, D. (2013, February). Relational and social aggression and reflective processing in late adolescence. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., Stephenson, W., & Vincencio, K. (2013, February). Comprehension effects of two text-to-speech assistive technologies. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.

Schmitt, A. J., Graham, A.J., & Hennessey, J. (2012, July). Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) cognitive abilities and reading fluency: Associations across time. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

DeMann, J. & Schmitt, A. J. (2012, February). Relationships among rapid automatized naming, processing speed, and reading fluency. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Philadelphia, PA.

McCallum, E., Schmitt, A., Long, K., & Friedrich, K. (2012, February). Improving class-wide spelling skills using MP3 audio recordings. Participant Information Exchange (PIE) session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Schmitt, A. J., Crothers, L. M., Graves, S., Jr., Hughes, T. L., McCallum, E., McGoey, K. E., & Miller, J. A. (2012, February). Applying the local clinical scientist training model to a Psy.D. program in school psychology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Trainers of School Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Schmitt, A. J., Rubinic, D., Paret, S., Lovelace, T., Jaquette, C. H., McKnight, S., & Milke, E. (2012, February). Preschool attention and early reading. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Philadelphia, PA.