John Schmidt

Academic Coordinator
College of Management and Human Potential
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Dr. Schmidt joined Walden University as a part-time Organizational Psychology Faculty Mentor in 1997. In 2016, he became a full-time Core Faculty Member as well as the Academic Coordinator supporting the Industrial/Organizational Psychology masters and doctoral programs. He received his graduate training at the University of Houston with a primary focus in human factors and industrial psychology. Dr. Schmidt is a licensed psychologist and board certified executive coach. His interests as a practitioner-scholar are tied to all aspects of applied psychology to include system design, accident investigation, safety management, and leader development. He has successfully chaired over 60 dissertations at Walden and participated in another 60 doctoral committees, and sees dissertation work as the cornerstone of being a Walden faculty member. After completing a highly successful military career, Dr. Schmidt sees his primary role as being to train the next generation of scholar-practitioners in the field. In the graduate courses he instructs, he emphasizes the need to make a connection with the practical application of what is being covered.

Courses Taught

IPSY 8755 - Leadership & the Process of Change

IPSY 8753 - Leadership Coaching: Theories, Concepts, & Process

IPSY 8756 - Leadership Coaching: Practice & Applications

IPSY 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change


PhD, University of Houston

MA, Fielding Graduate University

CAGS, Fielding Graduate University

Awards / Honors

15 Years of Service , Laureate International Universities , 2014

Award of Excellence, School of Psychology Walden University , 2018