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John Schmidt

Academic Coordinator

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree ProgramPh.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Dr. Schmidt joined Walden University as a Contributing Faculty in 1997, and became full-time Core Faculty and Academic Coordinator in 2016 to support the MS and PhD Programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He completed his graduate training at the University of Houston with a focus in human factors and industrial psychology. Dr. Schmidt is a licensed as a psychologist and board certified as a executive coach. His interests as a practitioner-scholar are tied to all aspects of applied psychology to include selection, training, system design, safety, risk management, and leadership development. He chaired over 60+ dissertations at Walden and participated in 60+ other committees, and sees dissertation work as the cornerstone of being a Walden faculty member. After completing a successful military career, Dr. Schmidt sees his primary role 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

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