Faculty Profile

Carissa J. Schmidt, PhD, MPH

Carissa J. Schmidt, PhD, MPH

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • 3831 SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Dr. Schmidt is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She completed her MPH and PhD in HBHE. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Schmidt was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens Consortium. Broadly, her research is focused on understanding socioecological influences that contribute to the health and wellbeing of youth and adolescents. In particular, Dr. Schmidt applies strengths-based frameworks to study youth violence and substance use. Much of her research takes place within rural communities as well as other communities characterized by substantial health and social disparities.

In addition to her research in adolescent health, Dr. Schmidt also has a strong commitment to developing, implementing, and evaluating novel pedagogical techniques for teaching in the field of public health. She is particularly interested in understanding best practices for teaching online and hybrid public health courses.

  • PhD, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2018
  • M.P.H, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2014
  • B.S., Community Health and Human Development & Family Studies, Central Michigan University, 2012

  • Schmidt, C. J., Rupp, L., Pizarro, J. M., Lee, D. B., Branas, C. C., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2019). Risk and protective factors related to youth firearm violence: A scoping review and directions for future research. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 42(4), 706-723. doi:10.1007/s10865-019-00076-7
  • Schmidt, C. J., Zimmerman, M. A., & Stoddard, S. A. (2018). A longitudinal analysis of the indirect effect of violence exposure on future orientation through perceived stress and the buffering effect of family participation. American Journal of Community Psychology, 62(1-2), 62-74. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12254
  • Moore, S. S., Schmidt, C. J., Heinze, J. E., Diemer, M., & Zimmerman, M. A. (2018). College status and trajectories of perceived leadership ability among emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696818786407
  • Schmidt, C. J., Pierce, J., & Stoddard, S. A. (2016). The mediating effect of future expectations on the relationship between neighborhood context and adolescent bullying perpetration. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(2), 232-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21761
  • Stoddard, S. A., Pierce, J., & Schmidt, C. J. (2016). Grade-level differences in future-oriented self-concept during early adolescence: Potential relevance to school nursing. Journal of School Nursing, 32(6), 390-396. doi:10.1177/1059840516649236
  • Pierce, J., Schmidt, C. J., & Stoddard, S. A. (2015). The role of feared possible selves on the relationship between peer influence and delinquency. Journal of Adolescence, 38, 17-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.10.009