Eastern Michigan University
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Thomas A. Schmitt

Assistant Professor

315 King


[email protected]


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007

M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Schmitt specializes in quantitative methods. His quantitative research interests include item response theory (IRT), multilevel modeling, factor analysis (exploratory and confirmatory), structural equation modeling (SEM), and test/instrument construction and evaluation.

Along with his measurement and statistical research, he has a strong interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research. He enjoys working with other researchers, learning about their research, and helping to solve the methodological issues encountered in their research. Through collaboration he not only learns about other content areas and helps to answer pertinent questions, but he also discovers statistical and methodological issues that warrant further investigation.

Selected Publications

Huprich, S. K., Schmitt, T. A., Zimmerman, M., & Chelminski, I. (in press). Self-Defeating and Depressive Personality Disorders are Fundamentally the Same Disorder. Psychopathology.

Schmitt, T. A., & Sass, D. A. (in press). Rotation Criteria for Exploratory Factor Analysis: Implications for Cross-loadings and Interfactor Correlations. Educational and Psychological Measurement.

Schmitt, T. A. (in press). Current methodological considerations in exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis: A review and illustration. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Huprich, S. K., Bornstein, R. F., & Schmitt, T. A. (in press). Self-Report Methodology is Insufficient for Improving the Assessment and Classification of Axis II Disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Huprich, S. K., Schmitt, T. A., Richard, D. C. S, Chelminski, I., & Zimmerman, M. (in press). Comparing factor analytic models of the DSM-IV personality disorders. Personality Disorders: Theory, Treatment, and Research.

Greenwald, R., & Schmitt, T. A. (in press). Progressive counting: Multi-site group and individual treatment open trials. International Journal of Stress Management.

Sass, D. A., & Schmitt, T. A. (2010). A Comparative investigation of rotation criteria within exploratory factor analysis. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 45(1), 1-33.

Schmitt, T. A., Sass, D. A., Sullivan, J. R., & Walker, C. M. (2010). A Monte Carlo Simulation Investigating the Validity and Reliability of Ability Estimation in Item Response Theory with Speeded Computer Adaptive Tests. International Journal of Testing, 10(3),207-229.

Descilo, T., Greenwald, R., Schmitt, T. A., & Reslan, S. (2010). Traumatic incident reduction for urban at-risk youth and unaccompanied minor refugees: Two open trials. Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 3(3), 181-191.

Sass, D. A., Schmitt, T. A., & Walker, C. M. (2008). Estimating non-normal latent trait distributions within item response theory using fixed and estimated item parameters. Applied Measurement in Education, 22(1), 1-23

Posnanski, T. J., Schug, M. C., & Schmitt, T. A. (Winter 2006/Fall 2007). Can students learn economics and personal finance in a specialized elementary charter school? International Journal of Social Education, 22(1), 196-205.

Walker, C. M., Azen, R., & Schmitt, T. A. (2006). Statistical versus substantive dimensionality: The effect of distributional differences on dimensionality assessment using DIMTEST. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 66(5), 721-738.

Skowron, E. A., & Schmitt, T. A. (2003). Assessing interpersonal fusion: Reliability and validity of a new DSI fusion with others subscale. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29(2), 209-222.

Courses Taught

PSY 205 Quantitative Methods in Psychology

PSY 301 Introductory Experimental Psychology

PSY 601 Psychological Statistics II