Concordia St. Paul News

May 3, 2013

Psychology and Family Studies Professor Dr. David Bredehoft Retires

Longtime professor of psychology and family studies Dr. David Bredehoft is retiring from Concordia University, St. Paul after 37 years of service. Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Science since 1998, Dr. Bredehoft began his tenure at Concordia in 1976 as an assistant professor of psychology.

Throughout his career Dr. Bredehoft has applied his talents as an educator, administrator, and mentor by enriching the Concordia community and empowering his students with knowledge and skills that prove invaluable in their professional and personal lives.

Owner of four academic degrees in the areas of psychology, educational psychology and family science, Dr. Bredehoft has been involved in the fields of psychology and family education since 1974. A licensed psychologist, he first introduced a psychology concentration for education majors at Concordia in 1978. With his guidance the psychology major and minor were approved by faculty and offered for the first time at Concordia in 1980.

In 1992 he and his wife Adena began funding The Bredehoft Family Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships to junior and senior psychology majors at Concordia who demonstrate a commitment to the discipline of psychology.

Dr. 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.”

In 2003 Dr. Bredehoft was named the Certified Family Life Educator of the Year by the National Council on Family Relations.