Kim Gingerich Brenneman

Kim Gingerich Brenneman

Office Phone: (540) 432-4429

Email:

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 312

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).

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. & 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.

Other Presentations

Special Lectures, Presentations at EMU

Introduction to play therapy, Invited guest speaker, Developmental Psychology Case Study classes, February, 2015.

Flourishing field of positive psychology, Invited guest speaker, General Psychology classes, November, 2014.

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.

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

2014-15
Developmental Science Teaching Institute, Philadelphia, PA, March 18, 2015.

_Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA. March 19-21, 2015.

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.

New Courses Taught

2013-14
Behavioral & Social Science Principles

2012-2013
Topics in Psychology: Positive Psychology

EMU Service
EMU Committees and Other Service

2014-15 Senate and member of Constitution & Elections Committee

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

2011- Master’s in Biomedicine Advisory Committee, member
current