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David Bredehoft


David Bredehoft
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David Bredehoft

Dr. David Bredehoft has been involved in the fields of psychology and family education since 1974. He started the psychology program at Concordia in 1976 and now chairs the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Bredehoft holds four academic degrees, in the areas of psychology, educational psychology and family social science. He is also a licensed psychologist and has nearly 40 years of experience in both research and therapy.

Bredehoft has published more than 100 articles in journals and magazines and has presented papers at national conferences for psychology, parenting and families. He co-authored a book published in nine languages, titled "How Much Is Enough? Everything you need to know to steer clear of overindulgence and raise likeable, responsible and respectful children – from toddlers to teens." He was named the 2003 Certified Family Life Educator of the Year by the National Council on Family Relations.


  • Ph.D., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota (1983)
  • M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma (1974)
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Oklahoma (1973)
  • A.A., St. John's College, Kansas (1971)
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Minnesota
  • Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations


Psychology theory and methods, counseling, family life education, research on overindulgence


"I published Family life education: Integrating theory and practice (NCFR), which has been adopted by the majority of universities across the country that have Family Life Education programs."


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