Human Condition Lab

The Human Condition Lab examines the ways in which people seek to construct their best life in a given context and with endowed and acquired knowledge, ability, and self-efficacy. The ultimate outcome of our research is well-being including general well-being, financial well-being, and physical and mental well-being.

Recent Grants

Collegiate Financial Education

A longitudinal study in partnership with 20 universities to examine the relationship between the design of a collegiate fin ed course and student outcomes. This study was funded by a grant from AccessLex.

Consumer Financial Decision Making

A longitudinal study conducted in partnership with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission to understand the process and outcomes of financial decision making.

Experiential Learning Projects

Conducted in partnership with organizations external to UGA, these projects offer opportunities for students in the Human Condition Lab to gain real world experience by applying what they have learned to the needs of these organizations.

Police Attrition in Georgia

A mixed methods study of the factors associated with whether a Georgia police officer stays with or leaves the force to support actions to improve hiring and retention outcomes.

Accountant Burnout

An experiential learning project conducted for FloQast that examines the extent and effects of burnout for accountants. Read More

Meet the Team

Dee Warmath

Dee Warmath

My research focuses on the ways in which an individual's capacity to make decisions and their involvement of others in those decisions influence their well-being in the areas of finances and health.

Pan-Ju Chen

Pan-Ju Chen

PhD Candidate, Consumer Economics

My research focuses on the impact of human tendencies and interpersonal relationships on individuals’ decision-making and behaviors and, ultimately, their well-being.

Jordan Bell,

Jordan Bell,

PhD Student, Consumer Economics

I study how people navigate decisions and tradeoffs across the domains of life in pursuit of well-being and the role that financial well-being plays in their success.

Heejae (Hannah) Lee

Heejae (Hannah) Lee

PhD student, Consumer Economics

I study the dark side of effortful decision making that emerges from information overload, misinformation, and decision fatigue.

Camden Cusumano

Camden Cusumano

PhD Student, Consumer Economics

I study the ways in which an individual’s work and work environment influence their overall well-being.

Camryn Cobb

Camryn Cobb

PhD Student, Consumer Economics

My current research examines the lived experiences of marginalized people including how racial prejudice is affected by economic shocks and the relationship between materialism and social justice.

Rebekah Carnes

Rebekah Carnes

PhD Student, Consumer Economics

My research examines the ways in which identity formation during emerging adulthood affects well-being and the successful transition to adulthood.

Patrick Kump

Patrick Kump

Master’s Student, Consumer Analytics

I am interested in consumer behavior from a psychological perspective in the areas of personal finance and consumer economics.

Sofie Wood

Sofie Wood

Master’s Student, Consumer Analytics

I am interested in the consumer’s relationship with fashion and the implications of that relationship for consumer well-being and the fashion industry.

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