Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Integrative Rehabilitation Laboratory

Education and Training

  • Post-doctoral training, Roudebush VAMC, 2007
  • PhD Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2005
  • BS, MS Occupational Therapy, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY, 1997

Research Interests

  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies such as yoga

Grant Activity

2018-2021, Merging Yoga and self-management to develop Skills (MY-Skills), NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, $663,271, Co-PI with Christine Fruhauf.

Selected Publications

Van Puymbroeck, M., Walter, A.A., Hawkins, B.L., Sharp, J., Woschkolup, K., Urrea-Mendoza, E., Revilla, F.J., & Schmid, A.A. (2018). Functional improvements in Parkinson’s disease following a randomized trial of yoga. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, doi: 10.1155/2018/8516351.

Schmid, A.A., Atler, K.E., Malcolm, M.P. Grimm, L.A., Klinedinst, T.C., Marchant, T.P., Marchant, D.R., Dickman Portz, J. (2018). Yoga improves quality of life and fall risk-factors in a sample of people with chronic pain and Type 2 Diabetes. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 31, 369-373. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.003.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Atler, K., Portz, J.D., Schmid, A.A. (2018). Multidimensional improvements in health following yoga for individuals with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Walter, A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Townsend, J., Linder, S.M., & Schmid, A.A. (2017). A systematic review of mind and body complementary health practices for informal caregivers. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 16(3), 29-35.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Schmid, A.A., Walter, A.A., and Hawkins, B.L. (2017). Improving leisure constraints in older adults with a fear of falling through Hatha Yoga: An acceptability and feasibility study. International Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research, 1(1), 007-013.

Atler, K.E., Van Puymbroeck, M., Portz, J., & Schmid, A.A. (2017). Participant-perceived outcomes of merging yoga and occupational therapy: Self-management intervention for people post stroke. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80 (5), 294-301. doi:10.1177/0308022617690536.

Eakman, A.M., Schmid, A.A., Henry, K.L. Rolle, N.R., Schelly, C., Pott, C.E., Burns, J.E. (2017). Restoring effective sleep tranquility (REST): A feasibility and pilot study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(6), 350-360.

Grimm, L.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Miller, K.K., Fisher, T., Schmid, A.A. (2017). Yoga after traumatic brain injury: Changes in emotional regulation and health-related quality of life in a case study. International Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 8(1), 00247. DOI: 10.15406/ijcam.2017.08.00247.

Willis Boslego, L. A., Phillips, C. E. M., Atler, K. E., Tracy, B. L., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Schmid, A. A. (2017). Impact of yoga on balance, balance confidence and occupational performance for adults with diabetic peripheral neuropathy: A pilot study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(3), 155-162. doi:doi:10.1177/0308022616680364.

Waddington, E.A., Fuller Rogers, R.K., Barloon, R.C.K., Comiskey, G.H., Portz, J.D., Holmquist-Johnson, H. & Schmid, A.A. (2017). Staff perspectives regarding the implementation of a yoga intervention with chronic pain self-management in a clinical setting. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 26, 12-20.

Callahan, C. M., Boustani, M. A., Schmid, A. A., LaMantia, M. A., Austrom, M. G., Miller, D. K., Hendrie, H. C. (2017). Targeting Functional Decline in Alzheimer Disease: A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 166(3), 164-171. doi:10.7326/M16-0830.

Miller, K.K., Porter, R. DeBaun-Sprague, E., Van Puymbroeck, M., Schmid, A.A. (2017). Exercise after stroke: Patient adherence and beliefs after discharge from physical therapy. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 24(2), 142-148. doi:

Crowe, B., Van Puymbroeck, M., Schmid, A. A. (2016). Yoga as Coping: A Conceptual Framework for Meaningful Participation in Yoga. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 26 (1), 123-129. doi:

Schmid, A.A., Willis, L.A., Miller, K.K., Van Puymbroeck, M., Williams, L.S. (2016). Yoga improves multiple quality of life domains for people with chronic stroke. Jacobs Journal of Yoga and Natural Medicine, 1(1):001, 1-6.

Phillips, C.E., Willis, L.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Tracy, B.L., Sample, P.L., Schmid, A.A. (2016). Yoga improves functional gait and health-related quality of life for adults with diabetic peripheral neuropathy: A pilot study. Jacobs Journal of Yoga and Natural Medicine, 1(1):002, 1-8.

Schmid, A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Portz, J.D., Atler, K.E., & Fruhauf, C.A. (2016). Merging yoga and occupational therapy (MY-OT): A feasibility and pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 28, 44-49.

Altenburger, P.A., Schmid, A.A., Van Puymbroeck, M., Miller, K.K. (2016). Impact of yoga on postural stability in stroke. International Journal of Neurorehabilitation, 3(1), 1-8.

Portz, J.D., Waddington, E., Atler, K., Van Puymbroeck, M., Schmid A.A. (2016). Self-management and yoga for older adults with chronic stroke: A mixed-methods study of physical fitness and physical activity. Clinical Gerontologist, 1-8, doi:10.1080/07317115.2016.1252453.

Schmid, A.A., Miller, K.K., Van Puymbroeck, M., Schalk, N. (2016). Feasibility and results of a case study of yoga to improve physical functioning in people with chronic traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(9), 914-920.

Arlene Schmid

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