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Meet Dean Jeff Braden

CHASS Dean Jeff Braden
Dean Jeffery P. Braden
College of Humanities
and Social Sciences

He's a psychology professor who's called upon nationally and internationally for his expertise in how school systems can best assess students with special needs. He's been a certified sign language interpreter, and he's the only dean we know of who's worked with--and been bitten by--a chimp. He is a bit of a technology geek--he loves exploring new tech devices. He relishes nothing more than sharing a good joke. And he's the biggest booster for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences around.

Dean Jeff Braden has been a professor of psychology at NC State since 2003. He directed the university's School Psychology Program from 2004 to 2007, when he became the college's associate dean for research and graduate studies. He was named dean in 2008.

Before he came to NC State, Dean Braden taught and directed school psychology programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, San Jose State University and the University of Florida. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Gallaudet University, and Beloit College.

Braden has chaired the American Psychological Associations Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, worked with the Research Institute for Secondary Education Reform for youth with disabilities, and conducted international research on how best to conduct educational assessments. Locally, he evaluated a pilot program for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that would integrate problem-solving in school interventions.

The dean firmly believes that the humanities and social sciences are not merely important in the 21st century; he says they're critical. "The problems we now face--economic, social, environmental, military, and international issues--cannot be solved without understanding and changing the way people think and the way people act. The humanities capture the way people understand the world and their place in it. The social sciences address the way people interact within their social and physical contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences are not just relevant to solving the problems of the 21st century; they are essential."

The Dean's Office is located in Caldwell Hall, between Hillsborough Street and the beautiful Court of North Carolina.

106 Caldwell Hall
Campus Box 8101
Raleigh, NC 27695-8101
919.515.2468 (main)
919.515.9419 (fax)