Dr. Chris Schrodt, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist who has been practicing meditation since the age of 15. He was introduced to mindfulness meditation by Donald Rothberg at the University of Kentucky, and he has completed intensive retreats with many of the leading teachers in the Vipassana tradition, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Bhante Gunaratana. Dr Schrodt uses meditation techniques from various traditions in working with his patients and meditation students. He continues to study the Abidhamma (Buddhist Psychology) and this understanding as well as those of cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) inform his daily work. In his teaching of mindfulness, he emphasizes applying moment to moment awareness to everyday experiences and activities to cultivate insight.
Dr. Schrodt obtained a BA in philosophy from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on the relationship of western science and contemplative practices. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Louisville, and completed his psychiatric residency training at the University of Massachusetts in 1994. In addition to training in cognitive therapy, meditation, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and hypnosis, he is also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained clinician. While at the University of Massachusetts, he completed an internship in the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Dr. Schrodt was the staff psychiatrist at the Marten Center for Complementary Medicine and Pain Management at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, and was Medical Director of the Adult and Geriatric Psychiatric Services, with special expertise in dual diagnosis, mood disorders, and anxiety syndrome. He currently sees patients at Schrodt & Hall Psychiatry. He has been a teacher on staff at the Earth and Spirit Center for over five years and has co-led retreats with Glenda Hodges Cook through the Louisville Vipassana Community.