Dr. Schmidt is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine. His area of inquiry and teaching have added tremendous value to the School of Nursing’s research and teaching missions. Given the enormous effects of smoking and obesity on chronic illness and the devastating impact of substance use disorders, his work addresses some of the most pressing and intractable health issues today. Dr. Schmidt has shown leadership in developing undergraduate curricula in this area of expertise and demonstrated excellence in teaching. For example, he co-developed with Peggy Compton , PHD, RN, FAAN an undergraduate course on opioids, opioid use disorders and pain, and a second course on the pharmacology of performance-enhancing drugs that is of interest to students enrolled in all four undergraduate schools at Penn! He has directly supervised 19 undergraduate researchers at Penn who have all gone on to matriculate in top-tier graduate programs and are authors on empirical publications in high-impact journals and conference abstracts. It is clear – Dr. Schmidt not only educates but also inspires our undergraduate students.
The appointment is effective July 1, 2021. Congrats to a wonderful PI!