Carol Bruess, Ph.D.

Relationship Researcher – Speaker

Research shows we all can live longer if we attend to the quality of our relationships. Carol J. Bruess (rhymes with “peace”), Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Communication and Journalism and former Director of Family Studies at the University of St. Thomas, MN. She currently serves as Resident Scholar in the Cassandra Voss Center for equity, identity, and dialogue-across-difference at St. Norbert College, WI. For more than 26 years as a professor, researcher, author and speaker, Carol’s primary interest has been in studying how families, couples, and members of all relationships create joy, happiness, longevity, and connection through micro-moments of interaction and ritual. She is particularly passionate about studying and understanding how the digital age is impacting our abilities to have healthy lives, fabulous relationships, and robust conversations.