Jay Brandenberger




Contact Information

brandenberger150_fall2010 Jay Brandenberger
Associate Professor
166 Geddes Hall




Ph.D. in educational and developmental psychology, University of Pittsburgh

B.A. in English, University of Notre Dame

Research interests

Social cognition, youth resiliency, conflict resolution, and alternative pedagogies


Recipient of the Notre Dame Frank O'Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award


Jay Brandenberger serves as the Director of Experiential Learning and Developmental Research at the Center for Social Concerns, and as a concurrent associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He helps to coordinate a variety of Social Concerns Seminars and research initiatives at the Center, integrating his interests in ethical development and education. He is the editor of the Center's Research Report Series.  He teaches Leadership and Social Responsibility and Children and Poverty, interdisciplinary courses incorporating community-based learning and research.

Brandenberger joined the Center and Notre Dame faculty in 1991 after earning his Ph.D. in educational and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a 1978 graduate of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in English. Prior to his work at the Center, Brandenberger helped to found Guadalupe Azlan school in Texas for children from Mexico, and taught at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania.