Dr. Schmitt continues to advocate for the healing power of the arts. She served as a board member (2011-2014) and President (2015-2016) of the Arizona Art Therapy Association and. In 2016, she developed curriculum for a healing arts certificate at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, AZ. She worked as an art therapist and adjunctive therapy director in San Diego and New York City (2005-2010).
"Art Therapy and Art Education: Exploring the Connections,” A presentation by Rory Schmitt, American Art Therapy Association Conference: Creative Energy, Collective Efforts: Empowering the Art Therapy Journey, Washington, D.C., 2011