POSITION: Professor Emerita/Psychology
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 312
PHONE: (540) 432-4429
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 four groups of EMU college students in semester-long cross-culturals to India in 2007, 2009, and 2011 and 2018 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.
BS, Eastern Mennonite University (Psychology)
MA, James Madison University (Psychology)
EDD, James Madison University (Community Agency Counseling)
PHD, University of Pittsburgh (Developmental and Educational Psychology)