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Kim Gingerich Brenneman

DEPARTMENT: Psychology Dept

POSITION: Department Chair, Professor

DEPARTMENT: MA in Biomedicine

POSITION: Professor

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 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.


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


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).

Unpublished Manuscripts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 Unpublished manuscript.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 Unpublished manuscript.

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).

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Brenneman, K.G. (2017). Nurturing the growth mindset in college students. Poster presented at 2017 Developmental Science Teaching Institute, April 4, 2017, Austin, TX.

Gates, J. & Brenneman, K.G. (2016). Do differences exist between social sciences and business majors in cultural sensitivity? Poster presented at the 2016 Society for Research in Adolescence, April 1, 2016, Baltimore, MD.

Brenneman, K.G. & Gates, J. (2015). Cross-cultural experiential learning as an approach to expanding cultural sensitivity. Poster presented at the 2015 Developmental Science Teaching Institute, March 18, 2015, Philadelphia, PA.

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.