"What lies behind us and what lies before us are
tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bio Information

Dr. Brennan is a college educator as well as a human performance specialist whose expertise is the field of Emotional Intelligence. He serves a wide range of clientele who must perform at their best under substantial pressure including university students, elite athletes, business executives and corporate leadership teams both in the U.S. and around the world.

He currently holds the position of Professor of Management at Lehigh University in the College of Business and Economics. Dr. Brennan teaches undergraduate courses in Organization Behavior and Strategic Management in the Global Environment, and a graduate course in Leadership. He is the former Dean of the Wescoe School for Professional Studies at Muhlenberg College. He also held the positions of Director of Organization Development and Director of Human Resources/Labor Relations in the corporate sector.

From 2001-2008, he consulted for USAID facilitating leadership training workshops in Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. In 2016, he accepted an invitation to join the inaugural steering team for the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Disaster Response Initiative, a project co-sponsored by the United Nations, the U.S. Naval War College, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The purpose of this international coalition is to develop a framework that enhances greater cooperation, coordination, and integration between the wide variety of agencies who respond to large scale human emergencies.


From 2005-2017, Dr. Brennan served as the Sports Psychology Consultant for the Villanova men's basketball team which qualified for the NCAA Tournament 11 times in 12 years, reaching the Final Four in 2009 and winning the NCAA National Championship in 2016. In his final four years, Villanova was the winningest program in college basketball.

Dr. Brennan served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1971-72 as a combat M.P. After his discharge from the armed forces he went on to distinguish himself as a track & field sprinter and decathlete at the University of Wyoming where he earned a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in Social Studies, an M.A. in Education, and a Ph.D. in Adult Learning. His doctoral research focused on the nature and realization of psychological maturity.

He is the author of THE ART OF BECOMING ONESELF: A Fresh Interpretation of Our Possibilities.

James P. Brennan, Ph. D.
Human Performance Specialist
610.657.8474 | E-mail:drjamesbrennan@gmail.com