Sabine Schmid

Director of Psychology Education, Assistant Professor


I am a Clinical Psychologist on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. My education includes a Master’s degree in cognitive psychology from the Universität Regensburg, Germany, a PhD in clinical science from Vanderbilt University, TN, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania & the A.T. Beck Institute, PA. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, I worked in a variety of healthcare settings including the University of Illinois - Chicago, the practice group RICBT & OneCBT, and Allina Health.

In the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, I direct Psychology Education, co-chair the Education Council, oversee clinical psychology training, and direct CBT training for the psychiatry residency program. My education mission centers around empirically-validated team-based patient care, interprofessional learning, and mentorship of trainees across disciplines. I also serve as a certified Crucial Conversations Trainer leading workshops on the art of holding critical conversations well.


  • Unipolar and bipolar mood disorders
  • Multidisciplinary interventions for mood disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Molly Jokimaki

In the Media

Research Summary

As a scientist-practitioner, I dedicate my career to translating scientific research into best practices in mental healthcare. My research interest is in the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions for mood disorders, specifically the integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with emerging biological interventions. Currently, I serve as site PI for a PCORI-funded empirical study comparing novel depression interventions.

Teaching Summary

I am passionate about training, teaching, and mentoring psychology graduate students, psychiatry residents, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in the evaluation and evidence based team-based intervention for mood disorders and in professional development.

Clinical Summary

I am clinically licensed in Minnesota and certified in CBT by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. I provide care and consultation in multidisciplinary specialty clinics for Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and Early-Stage Mood Disorders (ESMD). My clinical practice is rooted in scientific research and integrates CBT with modern empirically- based approaches including Behavioral Activation (BA) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 


PhD, Vanderbilt University
Major: Clinical Psychology
Diplom-Psychologie (MA), Universität Regensburg
Major: Cognitive Psychology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship,
University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatry and Aaron T. Beck Institute
APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship,
University of Chicago, Illinois, Psychiatry

Licensures and Certifications

License for Practicing Clinical Psychology, Minnesota
Certification in CBT, Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
Trainer in Crucial Conversations, Crucial Learning L.C.

Honors and Recognition

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (FT scholarship and stipend for a year of study abroad), Universität Regensburg, Germany
Diplomat, Academy for Cognitive and Behavior Therapies (A-CBT)
FT University Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
FT Teaching Assistantship, Vanderbilt University
Full Tuition (FT) Research Assistantship, Vanderbilt University
William F. Hodges Teaching Award, Vanderbilt University
Travel Grant (x4), Vanderbilt University

Professional Memberships

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT)
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA)
Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC)


Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Bhar, S. S., Gelfand, L. A., Schmid, S. P., Gallop, R., DeRubeis, R. J., Hollon, S. D., Amsterdam, J. D., Shelton, R. C., Beck, A. T., 2008. Sequence of improvement in depressive symptoms across cognitive therapy and pharmacotherapy. Journal of Affective Disorders, 110 (1-2): 161-166.
Pilot trial of ondansetron in the treatment of 8 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, 2003. Pilot trial of ondansetron in the treatment of 8 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64 (9): 1025-1030.
doi: PubMed ID: 14628977.
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Schmid, S. "Psychological Treatments for Depression", 30907 Depression: Phenomenology, Psychological Treatments, and Physical Treatments, June 07, 2023.
Bano, A., Freilich, C., Brower, R., Johnson, R., Herman, A. B., Wilson, S., Nahas, Z., Schmid, S. P. "TMS + CBT for Treatment-Resistant Depression with Comorbid Anxiety Disorder: A Case Series", ADAA, Washington, District of Columbia, April 16, 2023.
Schmid, S. P. "Tools for Coping with Stress and Anxiety", Our Journey to Good Mental Health: Improving Lives Step By Step, NAMI, St Cloud, Minnesota, October 07, 2022.
Schmid, S. P. "Practicing Resilience During Challenging Times", Dean’s Forum, University of Minnesota, Medical School, April 06, 2022.
Sonmez, A. I., Kay, R., Schmid, S. P., Peterson, C., Herman, C., Widge, A., Nahas, Z., Albott, S. C. "Changes in sleep with transcranial magnetic stimulation in adults with treatment resistant depression: Preliminary results from a naturalistic study", 29th European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA), April 10, 2021.
Schmid, S. "The Clinical and Public Health Importance of Social Wellbeing", Roundtable led by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic, April 01, 2021.
Schmid, S. P., Hershenberg, R., De Raedt, R., Price, R., Wilkinson, S. T., Deo Leo, J. "Combining CBT and Interventional Psychiatry: Opportunities in Treatment Resistant Depression", Roundtable at the Anxiety and Depression Conference (ADAA), virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic, March 19, 2021.
Schmid, S. P., Webler, R., Battaglia, L. "A novel approach for treatment-resistant depression. Combining Behavioral Activation with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation", 54th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, November 22, 2020.
Schmid, S. P., Webler, R., Battaglia, L., Swanson, M. "Behavioral Activation combined with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A novel approach for treatment-resistant depression.", 84th Annual Convention of the Minnesota Psychological Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 03, 2020.



Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, F282/2A West Building, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454