Brenda Light Bredemeier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs (ESPP)
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Brenda Light Bredemeier earned a BS in physical education and a BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota, an MA in physical education from Smith College, and a Ph.D. with an emphasis in sport psychology from Temple University. She was certified as a sport psychology consultant in 1992, the first year certification was offered by the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP).

Dr. Bredemeier was a founding board member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP-AASP) and served on its board for four years as the Section Head of Social Psychology. She also served on the executive board of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. She was a member of the Indiana Partnership for Character Education, and has consulted for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance.
For 20 years, Dr. Bredemeier was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also served the university for eleven years as a dean in the College of Letters and Science. In 1999 she was recruited by the University of Notre Dame, together with David Shields, to found and co-direct a new center for sports, character & community. The mission of the Mendelson Center was to build character through sport experiences by producing and delivering research-based educational programs and resources. The Center engaged in research and theory-building, academic and professional outreach programs, and service activities
Bredemeier moved to UMSL in 2004, the same year she was name the McCloy Lecturer by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and by the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, and by AAASP, and was named a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport. She received the "Distinguished Achievement Award" from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and was named "Outstanding Alumni" by Temple University's College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for highest achievement of an alum in 20 years.

 She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has co-authored two books with David Light Shields, Character Development and Physical Activity, and True Competition: A Guide to Ethics, Excellence, and Enjoyment. Also, she has conducted numerous workshops nationally and internationally, and offered major papers and addresses at a variety of conferences on this country and others.
Currently Dr. Bredemeier is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. She serves on the "Panel of Experts" for the Center for Sports Parenting, and serves on the national advisory board of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
In 2004, she joined an innovative academic community at the University of Missouri-St. Louis to help develop and share knowledge and skills in the areas of character education, civic engagement, and social justice.

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