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.
Jess is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at EMU and also serves as faculty for the MA in Biomedicine program. Her research centers around executive function abilities. Executive function (EF) refers to higher order cognitive abilities necessary to consciously persist in a task or behavior despite facing challenges in the form of competing rules, distractions, or delays. A significant body of work has documented the relation between EF deficits and early child development. Low levels of EF are associated with clinical-level ADHD symptamotology (Gewirtz, Stanton-Chapman & Reeve, 2009), social difficulties (Fahie & Symons, 2003), academic difficulties (Zhou, Main, & Wang, 2010), and difficulty regulating emotions (Kochanska, Murray, & Harlan, 2000). Jess’ research focuses on understanding the nature of EF and the factors associated with optimal regulatory abilities through a longitudinal, latent analysis framework. Her 2013 paper in Developmental Psychobiology (‘Infancy predictors of preschool and post-kindergarten executive function’) is one of their top 10 most downloaded articles and is nominated for the 2013-2014 Hennessy-Smotherman-Wiley Best Student Paper Award.
Jess is an avid runner and dog lover. If you frequent downtown Harrisonburg regularly, you’ll probably see her running with her dog Jake at some point.
Judy Mullet received her Ph.D. from Kent State University, where her dissertation work focused on context-motivated, conflict strategy choices of middle school students with learning disabilities. She was a school psychologist before coming to EMU, and has authored and co-authored recent publications on restorative discipline and harmful teacher behaviors. A member of the faculty since 1986, Dr. Mullet specializes in restorative discipline in schools, conducting workshops across the USA.