Kim Gingerich Brenneman

Kim Gingerich Brenneman

Office Phone: (540) 432-4429

Email:

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: LB 100B

Department Chair, Professor

Psychology Dept

Professor

MA in Biomedicine

“I believe that it is important for students to identify their character strengths (as indicated by positive psychological theory) and to learn to apply them to their everyday living (course work assignments, social interactions). When students strengthen their strengths, that were given to them by God, they can have more positive experiences and can become more confident academically.
One of my goals as professor is to assist and facilitate students to develop interest and excitement in learning. Another is to help students identify their strengths and encourage and assist them to use their strengths in their academic career, and everyday life.”

Kim Gingerich Brenneman, graduate of the EMC class of 1983, began her teaching career at Eastern Mennonite College in the fall of 1989. She received her Ph.D. in the spring of 2001 in Developmental and Educational Psychology. Her dissertation was titled The Well-being of Internationally Mobile Adolescents. She continues her interest in the well-being of Third Culture Kids.
Currently, Brenneman is conducting research on the relationship between cross-cultural experiential learning, hopeful thinking, and multicultural adaptation.
Brenneman is continuing to research the application of positive psychological principles to education, particularly in the development of hopeful thinking. Direct application of these principles is in the development of courses, assignments and seminars that integrate these, as well as other positive psychological concepts.
Kim has led three groups of EMU college students in semester-long cross-culturals to India in 2007, 2009, and 2011 and believes this is a positive life-changing experience for all involved!
Kim is married and has two children. She is an active member of Weavers Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA.

Education

Ph.D., Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
Dissertation: Adjustment and well-being of American internationally mobile adolescents in Korea.

Ed.S., Community Agency Counseling, James Madison University, 1988

M.A. in General Psychology, James Madison University, 1987

B.S., Psychology, Eastern Mennonite University, 1985

A.A., Hesston College, 1981

Publications

Brenneman, K.G. (2012, July). Review of the book: A Peaceable Psychology: Christian Therapy in a World of Many Cultures by A. Dueck and K. Reimer. The Mennonite Quarterly Review, (3, LXXXVI).

Professional Presentations
Brenneman, K.G. (2013). Building hopeful thinking by developing character strengths in a college classroom. Poster presented at the 2013 Society for the Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, April 19, 2013, Seattle, WA.

Unpublished Manuscripts
Brenneman, K.G. (2010). Nurturing creativity through the development of character strengths. Unpublished manuscript.

Brenneman, K.G. (2010). Agency and pathways thinking in college: Developing hopeful thinking by nurturing character strengths. Unpublished manuscript.

The following texts are used in Developmental Psychology Case Study courses at EMU:
Brenneman, K.G., & Lehman, G.R. (2008). The whole person: An individual developmental case study.

Brenneman, K.G. & Lehman, G.R. (2006). Development of the whole person: A case study.

Brenneman, K.G. (2001). Adjustment and well-being of American internationally mobile adolescents in Korea. In F.J. (2005), Representative entries from "A Century of Doctoral Dissertations on Korea: An annotated Bibliography of studies in western languages, 1903-2000. (With an appendix of dissertations completed in 2001-2004).

Church, Community and Professional Service

Professional and Community Service:

2012-2014
Family Life Resource Center (FLRC), Harrisonburg, VA, Chair of Board

2011-2012
Family Life Resource Center (FLRC), Harrisonburg, VA, Board member.

2010-2011
The role of psychology in the art of hospitality, invited guest speaker, Yuvakshetra Institute of Management Studies, Palakkad District, Kerala, India, February 23, 2011.

Family Life Resource Center (FLRC), Harrisonburg, VA, Board member.

Interviewed for article The building blocks of school success, interview with the Daily-News Record, Harrisonburg (VA), August 2010.

Interviewed for article Parenting tech-savvy kids, interview with the Daily-News Record, Harrisonburg (VA), October 2010.

2009-2010
Family Life Resource Center (FLRC), Harrisonburg, VA, Board member

Setting Goals by Using Your Strengths, In-service training at Park View Federal Credit Union, Harrisonburg (VA), February 15, 2010.

Building Hopeful Thinking by Building Strengths, In-service training at Park View Federal Credit Union, Harrisonburg (VA), October 12, 2009.

2008-09
—Interviewed for article: Bringing Christmas expectations in line with the times, interview with the Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, VA, November 29, 2008.

2007-08
—Interviewed for article:The Young and the Pampered in the Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, VA, May 3, 2008.
—Interviewed for article: Feeling stressed, Take a Staycation, Escape Magazine, a supplement to the Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, VA, January 2008.

Rockingham County Public Schools:
2002-08: School council member at Mountain View Elementary School
2005-06 Parents Advisory Council, Rockingham County Public Schools, Mountain View School representative to county schools superintendent.

Church Service:
Weavers Mennonite Church:
2003-current Active member of Weavers Mennonite
Adult Sunday School teacher
2009-2010 Children’ sunday school teacher
2007-10 Worship Committee, Chair
2005-present Worship leader
2006-07 Children’s sunday school teacher
2005 -07 Worship Committee Member
2004-07 Adult sunday school teacher

Certifications and Licenses

National Certified Counselor, 1989 Certification # 21853

Professional Memberships

International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society (CSI)

Professional Conferences Attended

2013-14
_Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) _ Biannual Conference, Washington, D.C., April 3-6, 2014.

2012-2013
Developmental Science Teaching Institute, Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA, April 17, 2013.

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference, Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 2013.

Love, 2.0, Positive Psychology Leadership Series, International Positive Psychological Association, webinar with Barbara Fredrickson, March 18, 2013.

The Myths of Happiness, Positive Psychology Leadership Series, International Positive Psychological Association, webinar with Sonja Lyubomirsky, February 20, 2013.

School for Leadership Training, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, EMU, January 22-23, 2013.

Gratitude, Positive Psychology Leadership Series, International Positive Psychological Association, webinar with Robert Emmons, November 28, 2012.

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2011-2012
Teaching psychology for successful intelligence, interactive webinar with Robert J. Sternberg, March 22, 2012.

Adversity, resilience, and positive emotions: New frontiers of positive psychology. Positive Psychology Leadership Series, International Positive Psychology Association with Carmelo Vasquez, February 13, 2012.

Continuing Education
How we decide by J. Lehrer, (20 hours continuing education for National Certified Counselor certification)

2009-2010
Strengths Intensive: Character Strengths & Virtues in Practice, Washington, D.C., April 30-May 1, 2010.
Continuing Education credits for National Certified Counselor certification:
VIA Intensive 2010: authorized in the use of the VIA Character Strengths assessment scale.

2008-09:
Positive Psychology Leadership Series with Ruut Veenhoven. International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), September 22, 2008.

2007-08:
Positive Education. Positive Psychology Leaders Series with Martin E.P.Seligman. May 14, 2008.

Positive Psychology for Clients and the Clinician, Workshop, February 2008, Arlington, VA.
Continuing education credits for NBCC.

2006-07:
Positive Psychology, workshop, Virginia Beach, VA 2006

2004-05
Teaching Institute of Developmental Science of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), April 2005, Atlanta.

New Courses Taught

2013-14
Behavioral & Social Science Principles

2012-2013
Topics in Psychology: Positive Psychology

2010-2011
Positive Psychology: Theory and Application
Family Systems & Theories

2007-08
Introduction to Counseling
Cross-Cultural Social Psychology

2006—07
Spring 07, Lead first EMU India cross-cultural
Courses developed for this experience were:
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Religions of India
History & Culture of India
Cross-cultural Sciences
Adulthood & Aging

EMU Service

Special Lectures, Presentations at EMU

Positive group leadership, Invited presenter at Leadership Conference, Eastern Mennonite University, September 29, 2012.

The flourishing field of positive psychology across the life-span, Invited guest speaker, General Psychology class, September, 2012 and January, 2013.

Introduction to play therapy, Invited guest speaker, Developmental Psychology Case Study class, January, 2013.

The flourishing field of positive psychology across the life-span, invited guest speaker, General Psychology class, January 30, 2012 and September 21, 2011.

Play: The work of the child, Invited guest speaker in Developmental Psychology Case Study, October 12, 2010.

Play: The work of the child, Invited guest speaker in Developmental Psychology Case Study, October 11, 2010.

The Flourishing Field of Positive Psychology, Invited guest lecture in General Psychology, September 24, 2010.

The Flourishing Field of Positive Psychology, Invited guest lecture in General Psychology, Eastern Mennonite University, February 3, 2010.

Developing Character Strengths, guest lecture in Developmental Psychology, Eastern Mennonite University, Fall 2009.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and its use in the counseling setting. Invited guest lecture in Psychological Testing and Assessment course, Eastern Mennonite University, October 27, 2008.

Play therapy and its use with young children. Invited guest lecture in Developmental Psychology Case Study, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, October 7, 2008.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Two hour introductory workshop for Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP), Eastern Mennonite University, VA, October 6, 2008.

Play therapy and its use with young children. Invited guest lecture in Developmental Psychology Case Study, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, October 6, 2008.

Brenneman, K.G. Ecological transitions and their influence on development. Invited guest lecture in General Psychology course, Eastern Mennonite University, September 2006.

Benefits of light therapy. Invited guest lecture in Physiological Psychology course, Eastern Mennonite University, Spring 2006.

Understanding your developmental niche, invited guest lecture in General Psychology, Eastern Mennonite University, Fall 2005.

Actions & Perceptions, invited guest lecture at Royals Society meeting, Eastern Mennonite University, Fall 2005.

EMU Committees and Other Service

2013-14 Cross-cultural Committee, member

2011- Biomedicine Advisory Committee, member

May 2013 Cross-cultural to Honduras (co-leader)

2011- EMU Senate & member of Academics Committee

2010- Pre-professional Health Sciences Committee (PPHS), Member

2011-13 EMU Senate Academics Committee, Chair

Fall 11 EMU Preparatory Music Program, Advisory Member

Spring 11 Cross-cultural semester to India (leader)

2009-10 Sabbatical

Spring 09 Cross-cultural semester to India (leader)
2008-09 Fall 2008 Academic Integrity, Ad hoc committee

2005-08 Chair, Psychology Department
2005-08 Member, Undergraduate Council
2007-08 Academic Integrity, Ad hoc committee
2007-08 Pre-Professional Health Sciences committee

Spring 07 Cross-cultural to India (leader)
2006-07 Faculty Senate Member
2006-07 Chair of Campus Quality of Life, Subcommittee of the Faculty Senate

Spring 06 Revenue & Expenses Committee, Subcommittee of the Prioritization Committee