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Michael Wolf-Branigin


Michael Wolf-Branigin, MSW, Ph.D., PStat® is Chair and Professor of Social Work at George Mason University. His research focuses on complex adaptive systems and their application to social work practice particularly in relation to the built environment. His substantive areas include addictions, human trafficking, and disabilities. Dr. Wolf-Branigin received his BA in psychology and sociology from Western Michigan University’s Honors College, received a graduate diploma in economics from Stockholms Universitet, and completed his MSW in social program evaluation from the University of Michigan.

After working two decades in the addictions and disabilities fields, he received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in research and evaluation. He has consulted for governmental and non-governmental organizations in the United States, Ecuador, and the United Arab Emirates. For the past 18 years he has been an accreditation surveyor with CARF International. He is an Accredited Professional Statistician TM through the American Statistical Association, has a recent book published by Oxford University Press, has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles, and currently serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Dr. Wolf-Branigan received his PhD in Evaluation and Research from Wayne State University in 1999, and his MSW in Social Program Evaluation from the University of Michigan in 1979. He was also awarded the Graduate Certificate Diploma in Economics and Social Welfare from Stockholms Universitet, Stockholm, Sweden, International Graduate School. He earned his BA in Sociology and Behavioral Psychology (with a minor in social work) from Western Michigan University.

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Office: Peterson Hall 3624
Telephone 703-993-4229