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Ara Schmitt

Professor
School of Education
Counseling, Psychology and Special Education

G3B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1057
schmitta2106@duq.edu

Education:

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

Dr. Schmitt is a Professor of School Psychology at Duquesne University. He received his PhD from Illinois State University and completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Prior to coming to Duquesne, he practiced as a school psychologist and licensed psychologist in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Schmitt's research interests include the neuropsychological assessment and evidence-based intervention of learning problems, school-based manifestations of chronic illnesses, 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. Dr. Schmitt is the former Chair of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP).

Courses

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

Representative Publications

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Recent Publications:

Aspiranti, K., McCallum, E., & Schmitt, A. J. (in press). Taped Problems Intervention components: A Meta-analysis. Contemporary School Psychology.

*Crothers, L. M., Kolbert, J. B., Schmitt, A. J., Wells, D. R., Meidl, C., Berbary, C., ... Fidazzo, A. (in press). Cognitive predictors of relational and social bullying, overt aggression, and interpersonal maturity in a late adolescent female sample. International Journal of Bullying Prevention.

*Jones, M. P., Schmitt, A. J., Hughes, T. L., Zebrowski, M., & Doll, B. (in press). Paired student practicum placements: An innovative technique to provide clinical supervision experience. The School Psychologist.

*Noakes, M., Schmitt, A. J., & McCallum, E. (in press). Does speech-to-text assistive technology improve the written expression of students with traumatic brain injuries? School Psychology Quarterly.

*Schmitt, A. J., Yarbrough, J., & Hennessey, J. (in press). Transition to work. Cambridge handbook of applied school psychology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

*Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., Hawkins, R. O., Stephenson, E., & Vincencio, K. (2018). The effects of two assistive technologies on reading comprehension accuracy and rate. Assistive Technology, 0, 1-11.

*Zannikos, M., McCallum, E., Schmitt, A. J., & Pearson, K. E. (2018). A comparison of the taped spelling intervention and cover, copy, and compare for students with learning disabilities. Journal of Behavioral Education, 0, 1-23.

*Schutte, K., Piselli, K., Schmitt, A.J., Miglioretti, M., Quigley, L., Tiberi, A., & Krohner, N. (2017). Identification of ADHD and autism spectrum disorder: Responsibilities of school psychologists. The Communique, 46, 4; 6; 8.

*Schmitt, A. J., Piselli, K., Hoffman, R., Jaquette, C., Schutte, K., Rubinic, D., & Lovelace, T. (2017). Parent and teacher ratings of preschool inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity: An exploratory study of the relationships with early literacy in Head Start. The School Psychologist, 71, 5-17.

*Utchell, L.A., Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., McGoey, K., & Piselli, K. (2016). Ability of early literacy general outcome measures to predict future state assessment performance. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34, 511-523.

Hawkins, R. O., Marsicano, R., Schmitt, A. J., McCallum, E., & Musti-Rao, S. 2015). Comparing the efficiency of repeated reading and listening-while-reading to improve reading fluency and comprehension. Education and Treatment of Children, 38, 49-70.

*Schmitt, A. J., Yarbrough, J. L., McCallum, E., Hoffman, R., Jaquette, C., & Piselli, K. (2015a). Impact of increasing levels of accommodation on students with writing difficulties. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 16, 46-71.

*Schmitt, A. J., Yarbrough, J. L., McCallum, E., Hoffman, R., Jaquette, C., & Piselli, K. (2015b). Implementation guidelines: Impact of increasing levels of accommodation on students with writing difficulties. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 16, 72-73.

*Missen, N., Bagnato, S., Wells, D., Crothers, L.M., Schmitt, A. J., & Kolbert, J. B. (2015). Social and behavioral problems in an urban at-risk preschool population. International Education Research, 3, 16-25.

*Schmitt, A. J., Hughes, T. H., Herndon-Sobalvarro, A. (2015). Creating university-community alliances to build internship programs. Psychology in the Schools, 52, 1042-1050.

*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.

Recent Presentations:

Bretzin, A. C., Beidler, E., Anderson, M., Schmitt, A. J., & Covassin, T. (2019, May). Sources of acquired concussion information reported by parents of youth athletes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Sports Psychology Society, Seattle, WA.

Aspiranti, K., McCallum, E., & Schmitt, A. J. (2019, February). Meta-analysis of the Taped Problems Intervention. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

*Cuifolo, K., Dreste, T., & Schmitt, A. J. (2019, February). Computerized concussion tests for school psychologists. Poster presented at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

*Crothers, L. M., Schmitt, A. J., Kolbert, J. B., Kaparakos, A., Wadsworth, J., Barron, M., Fidazzo, A. M., & Branca, S. J. (2019, February). Salary, negotiation, the child penalty, and sexual harassment in faculty. Poster presented at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

*Jones, M. P., Schmitt, A. J., Hughes, T., Zebrowski, M., & Doll, B. (2018, July). Paired student practicum placements: An innovative technique to provide clinical supervision experience. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

*Beidler E., McAllister-Deitrick J., Wallace J., Anderson M., Griger C., Schmitt A. J. (2018, May). Predictors of sport-related concussion nondisclosure in collegiate student-athletes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Sports Psychology Society, Washington, DC.

*Greiger, C., Beidler, E., & Schmitt, A. J., McAllister-Deitrick, J. (2018, May). Concussion diagnosis and underreporting behavior of ADHD collegiate student athletes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Sports Psychology Society, Washington, DC.

*Crothers, L. M., Kolbert, J. B., Schmitt, A.J., Simonds, R., Lattanzio, L., Wadsworth, J., Zebrowski, M., & Fidazzo, A. (2018, February). Cognitive predictors of indirect bullying, overt aggression, and prosocial skills. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

*Miglioretti, M. A., & Schmitt, A. J. (2018, February). Cognitive-behavioral intervention of pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

*O'Connor, M., & Schmitt, A. J. (2018, February). Teacher knowledge and perceptions of pediatric concussion: A preliminary investigation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

*Miglioretti, M., Schmitt, A. J., Cuifolo, K., Schutte, K., & Lorenzi, L. (2017, August). Traumatic brain injury (TBI) special education case law: A twenty-year analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

*Schmitt, A. J., Piselli, K, Schutte, K., Tiberi, A. E., Krohner, N., Miglioretti, M., & Lorenzi, L. (2016, August). State regulations regarding the identification of ADHD and autism. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

*Hoffman, R., & Schmitt, A. J. (2016, February). Presence of neuropsychology and pediatric topics in school psychology training. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

*Schutte, K., Piselli, K., Tiberi, A., & Schmitt, A. J. (2016, February). A brief experimental analysis of four reading comprehension accommodation conditions. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

*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.