Faculty Profile: Robert Schmitt

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Robert Schmitt

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Bio:
BOB SCHMITT, PH.D.


Dr. Bob Schmitt is the Co-Director of the Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrated Health Specialization (CSIH) and full time teaching faculty. He has a Ph.D. in Spirituality (Fordham University) and Masters Degrees in Counseling, Philosophy and Sacred Theology. His goal has been to integrate spirituality and psychology as a scholar-practitioner. Before coming to Saybrook Dr. Schmitt was on the core faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and before that at Santa Clara University. Besides his faculty roles, his practice has included spiritual guide, Jesuit priest, Novice Director, administrator, and Hospice Chaplain.

An example of some dissertations Bob has chaired:

A PHENOMENOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF SPIRITUAL BYPASS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO RECOVERY FOR ALCOHOLICS IN ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

A TRANSPERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON MARITAL INFIDELITY

THE WOMAN’S CHOICE: BIRTH AND THE DIVINE FEMININE

AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE POWER OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER TO AWAKEN THE PRESENCE OF THE TRANSCENDENT IN DAILY LIVING

CONTINUED RECOVERY ASSOCIATED WITH EXCEPTIONAL HUMAN EXPERIENCES IN MEMBERS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

QUANTUM MECHANICS AND MYSTICISM: AN INVESTIGATION OF TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES IN MATRIX ENERGETICS SEMINARS

VISITATION DREAMS IN GRIEVING INDIVIDUALS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL INQUIRY INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DREAMS AND THE GRIEVING PROCESS
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Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

 

PhD

Religious Studies (Spirituality),  Fordham University, New York, NY  1974

MA

Counseling, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA  1987

STM

Theology. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA  1968

PhL

Philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 1961

BA

Philosophy and Mathematics, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA  1961

 

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Dr. Schmitt is an active member in SDI (Spiritual Directors International) and is researching and writing in areas related to balancing masculine and feminine energies (especially by honoring  the Sacred Feminine aspect of the Divine and our world) and the impact of an evolutionary cosmology on religion, spirituality and psychology.

Significant Publications

Schmitt, R. (1974, September). The Christ-experience and relationship fostered in the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits, 6(5).

Schmitt, R. (1979, April-June). Ignatian mysticism: A mysticism of action. The Journal of Dharma, 4, 126-142.

Schmitt, R. (1985). Presenting the call of the King. The Way (Suppl. 52), 19-29.

Schmitt, R. (1986). Discernment. In B. P. Hall (Ed.), The Genesis effect. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press.

Schmitt, R. (1995). The spiritual director as life servant. Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, 1(2), 13-30.

Schmitt, R., & Judy, D. (1989). The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. The Humanistic Psychologist, 17, 295-297.

Schmitt, R., & Luce, P. (1996). Looking beyond our tradition: An invitation to Christian spiritual directors. Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, 2(3), 9-24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interests

Personal research interests: Issues focused on the interrelationship between spirituality and psychology; the impact of an evolutionary cosmology on spirituality, religion and life meaning; role of prayer in healing; issues related to spiritual guidance; sacred feminine

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

Dr. Schmitt works with students seeking to find the appropriate profession where they can follow their passion and integrate the spiritual dimension into their work.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Hermeneutics
Grounded Theory
Phenomenology
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Nonparametrics
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling