Caroline Schmidt, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who manages the Depression Collaborative Care Program with Yale Internal Medicine Associates (YIMA).
Dr. Schmidt received her PhD in clinical psychology at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. After that, she completed a residency with Yale’s Department of Psychiatry. She then continued on as faculty as she worked as a researcher and clinician for a decade at the VA Connecticut specializing in auditory health.
Much of Dr. Schmidt’s training and background are in health psychology, a field that treats mental health issues that occur or impact physiological health conditions. “It’s not uncommon when people have some sort of health problem that they also need some support for their emotional needs,” says Dr. Schmidt. “When you incorporate the mind and body together in treatment, it’s very helpful.”
As the manager of the Yale Medicine Internal Medicine Associates’ Depression Collaborative Care Program, Dr. Schmidt implemented routine depression screening and offers patients streamlined access to mental health care that is integrated within the patient’s medical home.
As a clinician, Dr. Schmidt prides herself in her ability to listen to individuals’ needs and offer compassionate support for people as they implement changes to recover from depression.
In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Schmidt is an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.