Sara Schmidt, PhD

Seattle, WA (United States)

Sara Schmidt, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington, where she is in private practice. Concurrently, she is a Research Scientist at the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research, part of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where she collaborates with Dr. Melanie Harned as a Co-Investigator on NIMH-funded research focused on the evaluation and implementation of DBT and the DBT Prolonged Exposure protocol for PTSD. Previously, Dr. Schmidt was a Research Scientist at Behavioral Tech, LLC, where she assisted in developing training content, methods, and customized implementation plans. She is also the former director of the graduate training program in DBT at the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) at the University of Washington, and currently maintains a Clinical Instructor position there supervising advanced doctoral students.

Dr. Schmidt earned her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, and her MA and PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She com­pleted her pre-doctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Hartsdale, NY. Dr. Schmidt has experience providing DBT in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, and residential facilities, and works with both adults and adolescents. She is a Certified DBT Clinician by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.