Christa Schmidt

Professor, Counseling Psychology; Director, MA in Psychology, Counseling Concentration


Contact Information

LA 2149


Ph.D. & M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of
Missouri-Kansas City

Pre-doctoral Internship,
University of Maryland
Counseling Center

Areas of Expertise

Counseling psychology

Positive health psychology

Multicultural competence

Counselor training

Marginalized populations (e.g., ethnic/racial minorities, LGBT individuals)


Dr. Christa Schmidt is a counseling psychologist licensed in Maryland since 2004. She is currently an Associate Professor at Towson University and the director of the Counseling Psychology Concentration of the master’s degree in psychology. Prior to her current role at Towson University, she was a staff psychologist at the University of Maryland counseling center for three years. She specializes in positive psychology and psychotherapy, which focuses on teaching students, clients, and counselors the art of using personal strengths to overcome obstacles and achieve optimal well-being. Her research program centers on the intersection of psychological and physical well-being, in particular how individuals with marginalized social identities have developed unique strengths that contribute to their ability to flourish.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Schmidt's clinical interests are in health and wellness.

Research Interests

Dr. Schmidt's research interests include Positive Psychology, Health, Social Justice, and Multiculturalism. 

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 470: Positive Psychology
  • PSYC 605: Counseling Techniques
  • PSYC 607: Counseling Theories
  • PSYC 790: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Psychology