Research Interests
Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

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Sophia Anong
Assistant Professor

  • Mobile finance adoption and impact, particularly in African countries
  • Student loans and financial well-being
  • Disparities in the relationship between mental health and financial conditions

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Patryk Babiarz
Assistant Professor

My research interests include household financial well-being, consumer economics, and health economics. In my recent research projects I investigated the impact of college financial aid policy on household portfolio composition, the role of adverse health events on household finances, the impact of intra-household distribution of bargaining power on income protection through life insurance, various aspects of financial literacy and its role on economic behavior, as well as health effects of economic recessions.

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Mary Carlson
Adjunct Faculty

My research centers around financial behavior, financial counseling, coaching, and therapy. 

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Andy Carswell
Associate Professor

  • Residential Property Management
  • Homeownership
  • Mortgage Options
  • Mortgage Fraud

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Swarn Chatterjee
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator

My research focuses on three primary areas: Performance evaluation across different stages of the financial planning process; Examination of the association between financial well-being, welfare dependency, and health among underserved populations; and Identification of factors that improve financial decision making among transitioning young adults and the elderly households.

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Brenda Cude
Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

My current research focuses on college students' financial literacy. What makes a college student financially literate? What's the most reliable way to measure their financial literacy? How much difference would having more financial knowledge make for college students' financial behaviors? How do personality characteristics influence students' financial decisions?

I also am interested in research related to online consumer behaviors, consumer information, and consumer policy

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Heidi Ewen
Assistant Professor

My expertise is in aging-in-place and relocation research; stress, coping, and adaptation; and I have experience with advanced statistics and analyzing longitudinal datasets. I have a graduate certificate in statistics along with my master's and doctoral degrees. I have successfully collected, analyzed, interpreted, presented and published manuscripts on residential relocation, aging, and adaptation to senior housing.  
 

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Joseph Goetz
Associate Professor

My research focuses on client-planner communication within the context of financial planning, financial therapy, investment risk tolerance, the fiduciary standard of care, and financial planning pedagogy. 

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Matt Goren
Adjunct Assistant Professor

I assess how well financial literacy interventions affect behavior and increase quality of life.

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John Grable
Athletic Association Endowed Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

My research interests include financial risk-tolerance assessment, behavioral financial planning, and financial decision making. My work tends to be applied and focused on helping consumers and financial service professionals navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace. Working with colleagues in the ASPIRE clinic, I am actively engaged in conducting evidence-based research.

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Joan Koonce
Professor & Extension Financial Planning Specialist

My research examines several areas of family financial planning, financial behavior of youth and family communication about finances, and low-income consumers and poverty.

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Diann Moorman
Associate Professor

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Bankruptcy
  • Low-income households
  • Single-parent households
  • Teenage-mother households

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Lance Palmer
Professor

Dr. Palmer's research seeks to identify effective ways of motivating financial behavior change through brief intervention strategies. He is currently focused on developing brief interventions that are informative, scalable, and can easily be integrated into the income tax preparation process. The design and format of the brief interventions are informed by research findings from behavioral economics and behavior change theory, as well as evidenced-based counseling practices such as Solutions-Focused Brief Coaching.

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Michael Rupured
Senior Public Service Associate and Extension Financial Management Specialist

Evaluates the effectiveness of financial education programs on program participants.

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Jerry Shannon
Assistant Professor

I'm a geographer studying how to make urban neighborhoods and food systems healthier and more equitable. My broad interests are in urban development and inequality, geographic information systems, political geography, and place effects on health. More specifically, my research focuses on the role of maps in shaping our understanding of hunger, housing, poverty, and neighborhood development.

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. I also direct the Community Mapping Lab in the Department of Geography and am an assistant director of the Housing and Demographics Research Center on campus.

You can find more information on my specific research projects on my research page. Among other things, I am currently aiding in a participatory planning process with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, studying the local effects of changes to SNAP (food stamps) in Georgia during the Great Recession, doing participatory mapping of the housing landscape in several Georgia cities, and developing a data dashboard for open data here in Athens-Clarke County. I am currently seeking graduate students interested in open data, participatory research, data visualization, and community development.

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Kimberly Skobba
Associate Professor

My research focuses on two distinct areas 1) the housing needs of low-income households and 2) the relationship between community development and social capital in rural and small towns. Through the use of a qualitative, biographical method, I study the connection between housing pathways and life circumstances of low-income households. My research on housing instability among low-income households has advanced the understanding of the different strategies that families use to maintain shelter and the ways in which personal characteristics and life course events affect their ability to find and maintain housing. My second area of research examines the housing and community development experiences and the role of social capital in community development capacity of rural and small towns. My research in this area uses surveys, qualitative data collection and case studies to better understand the housing and community development challenges and potential solutions facing rural and small town communities in the Southeastern region of the United States.

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Pamela Turner
Associate Professor & Extension Housing Specialist

My research focuses on linkages between health and housing, creating safe and healthy child care environments, and the use of social media to provide people with an online source of trustworthy information.

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Ann Woodyard
Assistant Professor

My research focuses on the area of financial wellness and tries to answer the questions of what financial practices lead to healthier lifestyles. I am interested in charitable giving and wellness, as well as financial literacy and the relationship between the practices we undertake and the impact those practices have on our health and wellness.

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Sheri Worthy
Professor and Department Head

I have explored a range of consumer-related topics in my research including consumer vulnerability, savings, and financial risk-taking behaviors.  I have been part of a multi-state research group that investigated the psychological and economics factors related to saving, and behavioral economics, financial decision-making and information management across the lifespan. We conducted focus groups and online experiments to investigate student loan decision making, housing purchase, and retirement planning. I also evaluated Turning the Tide on Poverty, a project implemented in several states to encourage civic engagement and grass-roots problem solving of community issues in rural, poverty-striken areas. 

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Velma Zahirovic-Herbert
Associate Professor

My research interests include urban land use, housing and real estate markets, as well as issues related to school quality, and the economics of poverty. Specifically, my research falls under three themes: (a) research on real property (housing) valuation and the marketing process for houses; (b) the impact of changes in house prices on household economic behaviors, including studies of the reasons for the gap in homeownership rates between immigrants and other groups, the determinants of the time to first homeownership, housing uncertainties and formation of time preferences, and; (c) research on school quality that includes local government finance, school performance, and a focus on understanding which of the factors that affect school quality also affect house prices. Housing and school quality are at the forefront of the concerns of urban and other communities. Understanding these areas is a key to effective policy, development, and marketing. My research has been published in journals including Real Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Urban Studies, Financial Decisions, and Urban Education among others. My continuing research extends into international transitional economy…

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