WAUKESHA, WIS.—In the United States alone, 5 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is expected to triple by 2050. Although family history does indicate an increased risk for the disease, hereditary factors only explain about 20-25 percent of the risk. Current research is focused on lifestyle factors that have been shown to decrease risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Michelle Braun, Ph.D., believes that future brain health is in our hands. A board certified neuropsychologist with national acclaim, she earned a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Carroll in 1995.
Braun will return to campus on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, to receive the university’s Joseph Runkel Award for Excellence in Psychology. She also will give a presentation on lowering risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and maximizing brain health. This event will begin at noon in the Stackner Ballroom of the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. An informal reception will follow.
Her clinical practice is with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Racine, Wis., and Braun focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, geropsychology, and decisional capacity. She is a board member of the American Academy of Neuropsychology and serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin. Braun has an advanced degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and training at Yale University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
Other honors include a 40 Under 40 Award from Milwaukee Business Journal and an Early Career Psychologist Award from Milwaukee Area Psychological Association, both in 2013.