Psychology Dept


Kim Gingerich Brenneman
Department Chair, Professor

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.

Cassandra Kennell
Assistant Professor

Cassandra Kennell, Psy.D., was born in Sarasota, Florida and received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2004 to earn Eastern Mennonite University’s Master of Arts degree in Counseling. Dr. Kennell worked as a child and adolescent substance abuse therapist before pursuing her doctorate in psychology. She completed her internship at Philhaven Hospital in Mt. Gretna, PA. Her training experiences included placements at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and DeWitt Army Community Hospital. She has experience working with the Plain Community and integrating spirituality with therapy. She is very excited to be a part of the EMU team this year!

Gregory Koop
Assistant Professor

Gregory Koop is a cognitive psychologist with expertise in recognition memory and judgment and decision making (JDM). His teaching interests cover a variety of introductory and upper level courses, including General Psychology (PSYC 101), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 342, BMS 572), Research in Psychology (PSYC 472), and Research in Psychology: Applied (PSYC 473). Greg is particularly enthusiastic about engaging undergraduate students in research through Research in Psychology and Research in Psychology: Applied. This year long course sequence enables students to design and complete their own research projects or advance ongoing research from his lab.
Greg’s research evaluates how individuals make decisions. Specifically, how do we decide whether or not we’ve met a person before (e.g., Koop, Criss, & Malmberg, 2014), or whether we prefer one picture to another (e.g., Koop & Johnson, 2013)? Models of recognition and preferential choice often assume that people continuously accumulate “evidence” en route to making these decisions, so Greg’s research uses dynamic methods to depict this evidence accrual process. Additional research interests include the moral decision-making process and the impact of reference points (e.g., a goal or a minimum requirement) on an individual’s risk-taking behavior. For Greg’s CV and a full list of publications, please visit his personal site.

Judy Mullet

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.

Adjunct Faculty


Sheri Smucker
Office Coordinator

Sheri Smucker is the office coordinator for the Bible & Religion, History and Psychology Departments on the 3rd floor of Roselawn. Previously, she worked as an office assistant in the Undergraduate Education Department for 3 years. Sheri earned her BA in Elementary Education from Eastern University and her MLS from Kutztown University, both of which are in Pennsylvania. Sheri taught Elementary school for 12 years and was an Elementary Librarian for 16 years. She also was a Middle and High school Librarian for 2 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, reading of all kinds, music of all kinds, nature and anything that is creative.

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