My research explores the application of psychological principles to experimental philosophy and real-world interventions. My contributions to experimental philosophy have been largely dedicated to understanding lay-people’s concepts of perceptible properties and epistemology. My contributions to applied psychology aim to change the health, wealth and wellbeing of people using light-touch and low-cost mechanisms, also known as nudges. Most of the applied work has taken place in National Health Service (NHS) organizations.
My work is published in peer-reviewed academic journals, e.g. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and Synthese. I have given invited talks for the Experimental Philosophy Group UK on research methods, and for the Department of Health on ‘Nudge’ mechanisms. I have received funding from Money Advice Service and the Health Foundation. I have developed projects with external organizations including (but not limited to) McDonalds, Orbit Housing Association, Citizen Advice Bureaus, Jobscentres Plus, and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
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PhD Auburn University - Experimental Psychology (Advisor - Prof Jeffrey Katz)
BA University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Psychology (Advisor - Prof Bruce Overmier)
2019 – Present -- Manchester Metropolitan University, Lecturer, Psychology
2013-2019-- University of Warwick, Research Fellow, Business School
2010 – 2012-- University of Nottingham, Research Fellow, Business School
2009 – 2010-- Washington University in St. Louis, Lab Assistant, Psychology
2005 - 2009-- Auburn University, Lab Manager, Psychology
2003 - 2005-- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Lab Assistant Psychology
T. Gillman, K. Schmidtke, V. Manning, I. Vlaev (2018). General Practitioners' recommendations of self-directed-exercises for musculoskeletal problems and perceived barriers and facilitators to doing so: A mixed methods study. BMC Health Services Research. 18,
P. Roberts, J. Andow, KA. Schmidtke (2018). Lay intuitions about epistemic normativity. Synthese. 195(7), pp.3267-3287.
P. Roberts, K. Allen, KA. Schmidtke Folk Intuitions about the Causal Theory of Perception. Ergo. 3(28),
R. Gloster, J. Buzzeo, A. Cox, C. Bertram, A. Tassinari, et al. (2018). Behavioural insights into benefits claimants’ training. Education and Training. 60(1), pp.54-68.
KA. Schmidtke, N. Aujla, T. Marshall, A. Hussain, GP. Hodgkinson, et al. (2017). Using environmental engineering to increase hand hygiene compliance: a cross-over study protocol. BMJ Open. 7(9),
D. Cohen, I. Vlaev, G. Parston, K. Schmidtke, A. Darzi Validation of behavioral simulations: a case study on enhancing collaboration between partnership organizations. Journal of Public Health.
F. Dormon, J. Balen, K. Schmidtke, I. Vlaev (2017). Healthworkers’ motivation in low and middle-income countries: A systematic review of the literature. Medical Research Achieves. 5(8),
KA. Schmidtke, DG. Watson, I. Vlaev (2017). The use of Control Charts by Laypeople and Hospital Decision-Makers for Guiding Decision Making. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 70(7), pp.1114-1128.
P. Roberts, K. Schmidtke Folk core beliefs about color. Review of Philosophy and Psychology.
KA. Schmidtke, AJ. Poots, J. Carpio, I. Vlaev, N-B. Kandala, et al. (2017). Considering chance in quality and safety performance measures: an analysis of performance reports by boards in English NHS trusts. BMJ Quality & Safety. 26(1), pp.61-69.
J. Neuberger, M. Armstrong, J. Fisher, P. Mark, K. Schmidtke, et al. Sport and Exercise in Improving Outcomes After Solid Organ Transplantation: Overview From a UK Meeting. Transplantation.
KA. Schmidtke, I. Vlaev, K. Baber (2016). Using behavioural economics concepts to increase organizational learning in an NHS hospital. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 29(7), pp.1153-1161.
M. Kulendran, D. King, KA. Schmidtke, C. Curtis, P. Gately, et al. (2016). The use of commitment techniques to support weight loss maintenance in obese adolescents. Psychology & Health. 31(11), pp.1332-1341.
P. Roberts, KA. Schmidtke (2016). Relationalism about perceptible properties and the principle of charity. Synthese. 193(9), pp.2779-2803.
P. Roberts, K. Schmidtke (2015). Color Matching and Color Naming: A Reply to Kuehni and Hardin. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. 6(2), pp.207-212.
P. Roberts, J. Andow, K. Schmidtke (2014). Colour Relationalism and the Real Deliverances of Introspection. Erkenntnis. 79(5), pp.1173-1189.
P. Roberts, K. Schmidtke (2012). In Defense of Incompatibility, Objectivism, and Veridicality About Color. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. 3(4), pp.547-558.
KA. Schmidtke, JS. Katz, AA. Wright (2010). Differential outcomes facilitate same/different concept learning. Animal Cognition. 13(3), pp.583-589.
KA. Schmidtke, J. Magnotti, J. Katz (2013). The Evolution of Comparative Psychology. In: Darwin Celebration. NewSouth Books,
B. Sturz, K. Bodily, M. Hernandez, K. Schmidtke, J. Katz (2008). Animal cognition. In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook. SAGE,
Vlaev, I., Schmidke, K. A., Turner, A., Chadborn, T., Gold, N., Aujla, N., & Maredza, M. (2019-2021). Nudging more cost-effective medication use across NHS organisations. Health Foundation. (£350,310).
Vlaev, I., Elliott, A., Scharf, S., Schmidtke, K., King, D., & Patel, K. (2017-2019). Using habits and goals to increase people’s financial capabilities. Money Advice Service (£222,776).
Vlaev, I., Schmidke, K. A., King, D., Marshall, T., Birnbach, D., Arheart, K., Marti, J., & Hodgkinson, G. (2016-2018). Environmental Engineering to Increase Hand Hygiene Compliance. Health Foundation. (£211,984).
Vlaev, I., Patel, K., Schmidtke, K. A., Mansur, A., & Voon, V. (2016). Habit Formation for Medication Adherence. Network for Integrated Behavioural Science & Warwick University Global Research Priorities. (£6,850).
Schmidtke, K. A., (2010-2012). Economic Decision Making in the USA and UK: A cross-cultural comparison. Institute for Political Economy. (£36,000).