Jonathan Scmidt
Director of Internship (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JHUSOM)
Phone: 443-923-9209
Kennedy Krieger Institute

707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States

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Dr. Jonathan Schmidt is a senior behavior analyst in the Neurobehavioral Unit Inpatient Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute, an assistant professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Director of Training for the Doctoral Internship Program.


Dr. Schmidt graduated with his doctoral degree in school psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2010. After finishing his coursework, he completed an internship at The May Institute and a postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During both his internship and fellowship, he focused on neuropsychological assessment, as well as assessing and treating problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Currently, Dr. Schmidt is a senior behavior analyst at Kennedy Krieger Institute on the inpatient Neurobehavioral Unit. His primary responsibilities in this role are to supervise the assessment and treatment of individuals who are admitted for severe problem behavior, and consult with relevant caregivers to ensure effective service delivery.

Dr. Schmidt is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland, and a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D).


Dr. Schmidt’s research is heavily intertwined with his clinical interests; he practices under the scientist-practitioner model. Related to addressing problem behavior, his research interests have focused on modifying traditional behavioral assessment procedures to identify the function of an individual’s problem behavior, the acquisition of functional communication skills, and the assessment and treatment of automatically maintained self-injurious behavior.

Research Publications

Schmidt, J. D., Kranak, M. P., Goetzel, A. L., Kaur, J., Rooker, G. W. A clinical demonstration of correlational and experimental analyses of precursor behavior. Behavior Analysis in Practice. (in press).

Schmidt, J. D., Bednar, M. K., Willse, L. V., Goetzel, A. L., Concepcion, A., Pincus, S. M., ... & Bowman, L. G. (2017). Evaluating Treatments for Functionally Equivalent Problem Behavior Maintained by Adult Compliance with Mands During Interactive Play. Journal of Behavioral Education, 26(2), 169-187.

Schmidt JD, Luiselli JK, Rue H, Whalley K (2013). Graduated exposure and positive reinforcement to overcome setting and activity avoidance in an adolescent with autism.Behav Modif. 37(1), 128-42.

Other Publications

Schmidt, J. D., Drasgow, E., Halle, J., Martin, C., Bliss, S. (2014). Discrete-trial functional analysis and functional communication training for three individuals with autism with severe problem behaviorJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 16 (1), 44-55.

Schmidt, J. D., Shanholtzer, A. S., Kahng, S., Scherbak, B., Mezhoudi, N. (2014). A preliminary analysis of the use of a brief experimental analysis of academics for problem behavior maintained by escape from demandsEducation and Treatment of Children, 37(2), 229-247.