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Michael Wolf-Branigin, MSW, PhD, PStat®

Department of Social Work

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. 


  • PhD, Evaluation and Research, Wayne State University, 1999
  • MSW, Social Program Evaluation, University of Michigan, 1979
  • Graduate Certificate Diploma, Economics and Social Welfare, Stockholms Universitet, Stockholm, Sweden, International Graduate School, 1978
  • BA, Sociology and Behavioral Psychology (Minor: Social Work), Western Michigan University, 1976