My scholarship examines family economic well-being. Areas of current and past research are household finance, poverty and economic hardship, and housing for special populations. Current projects focus on associations between financial preparation and subjective well-being as well as on inter-generational transmission of financial literacy and practices.

Courses recently taught include FCS 320 Family Resource Management, FCS 380 Family and Consumer Sciences Foundations and Research, FCS 420 Critical Issues in Resource Management, and FCS 424 Resource Management for the Elderly.

I serve on the editorial boards for the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, and Journal of Personal Finance. I am a board member of the American Council on Consumer Interest. At CSUN, my current involvement includes being a member of the Educational Policies Committee and the Secretary of Faculty Senate. I serve as the graduate coordinator for the MS in Family and Consumer Sciences and MS in Human Nutrition programs.

How to reach me: I am currently not taking calls or responding to voice messages. Please contact me through email. If you are a student enrolled in my class, please write to me through Canvas.

  • Ph.D. 2001, University of Georgia
  • M.S. 1994, University of Georgia
  • B.A. 1991, Seiki University

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