Dr. Michael T. Braun received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. He then worked for two years at Epic Systems Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare software. In 2008, Dr. Braun began graduate school in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his master’s degree in 2011 and Ph.D. in 2013. After two years as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Millikin University, Dr. Braun joined the Children and Family Research Center in 2015.
Dr. Braun’s research focuses on family communication, specifically how families make choices regarding the multiple means of communication available to them. For example, how do parents and children manage communication when that child goes to college? Should they call or text, and how often? Dr. Braun looks forward to expanding upon this research with CFRC, specifically with foster children and the unique challenges they face in staying in touch with family members and friends. Dr. Braun has also studied deception and its detection, publishing multiple papers on this topic with his advisor, Dr. Lyn Van Swol.
At CFRC, Dr. Braun will be joining the research teams that are evaluating the Oregon Differential Response initiative and monitoring child welfare outcomes in Illinois. He is also preparing to apply for grants to study communication technology use by foster children, especially Facebook.Back to Faculty & Staff Directory