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Karen M. Schmidt

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
125/126 Millmont and Gilmer 215
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

I am interested in examining the latent structure of complex abilities across the lifespan; personality, pain, and the relationship between personality and pain; Methodological investigations center around item response theory models for understanding change and processing components in abilities. Longitudinal analyses of item level variables are critical and important issues in investigating developmental and psychometric properties of psychological batteries, survey questionnaires, and inventories.

HSCI 1010: College Science Scholar Seminar I
Credits: 2
The seminar will introduce students to research in each of the seven UVa science departments (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology). The course will consist of weekly two-hour seminars held by science faculty members, and occasional field trips. Prerequisite: Member of the College Science Scholar Program.
HSCI 1011: College Science Scholar Seminar II
Credits: 2
The seminar will introduce students to research in each of the seven UVa science departments (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology). The course will consist of weekly two-hour seminars held by science faculty members, and occasional field trips. Prerequisite: Member of the College Science Scholar Program.
PSYC 2900: Teaching Methods for Undergrad Teaching Assistants
Credits: 1
This teaching methods course will help undergraduate teaching assistants integrate learning theory and effective student engagement practices to their teaching. They will learn about how to teach statistics, learn about experimental design and methods, and various pedagogical issues related to lab computer use and using R software in the learning process.
PSYC 3006: Research Methods and Data Analysis II
Credits: 4
A continuation of discussion of research methods in psychology, including computer-controlled experimentation, integrated with computer-based exploratory data analysis, and elementary statistical analysis. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours. Prerequisite: PSYC 2005 (or 3005) with a grade of C or higher; may not be taken concurrently with PSYC 2005.
PSYC 3559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
PSYC 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology. Enrollment Requirement: You are required to register for PSYC 3870.
PSYC 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology.
PSYC 5720: Fundamentals of Item Response Theory
Credits: 3
This course is designed to introduce you to the concepts of item response theory (IRT) models and their application to substantive psychological problems in measurement, such as test and scale design and analysis. Prerequisite: Undergraduates must have taken Psyc 3005 and 3006 OR 4005 and 4006.
SYS 6582: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic, determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Offered as required.
PSYC 7559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 7651: Professional Issues in Masters Studies
Credits: 1–3
Course will provide professional guidance, discussion, preparation and practice for skills necessary for professional careers with an MA degree or applying to PhD programs with a terminal MA. Students will gain experience in attending research presentations and will have the opportunity to make presentations. Preparation for applying to professional positions and PhD programs will be included, e.g., resume, letters, applications, interviews.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.