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Caroline Schmidt, Ph.D.

Dr. Schmidt

Caroline J. Schmidt, Ph.D. has been a full-time clinical health psychologist and researcher at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) in West Haven, Connecticut since 2008. She is also affiliated with Yale School of Medicine (SOM) Department of Psychiatry as an assistant clinical professor. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. in 2004 and has been licensed since 2008. She completed an NIH T-32 funded residency administered through Yale SOM at the VACHS examining mental health care disparities among Veterans with auditory disabilities while receiving specialized training in clinical health psychology. In 2009 she received a Career Development Award, Level 1 to from the VA RR&D to examine receipt of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for tinnitus among Veterans. Results from that study informed what is now known as Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM). She served as a local PI for two clinical trials examining the effectiveness of PTM for Veterans funded by VA RR&D to Dr. James Henry. Additionally, she serves as a supervisor for clinical health psychology trainees, offers PTM to Veterans at VACHS, and conducts pre-surgical cochlear implant psychological evaluations. She also works in primary care – mental health integration serving Veterans with general health needs such as sleep disorders, smoking cessation, and obesity. Her broader interests include auditory perception in the absence of external stimuli.

Financial/Nonfinancial Relationships:  Dr. Schmidt has a financial relationship with Desyncra as a consultant.