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Source: Kristy Archuleta, 785-532-1474, kristy@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.financialtherapyassociation.org
Hometown interest: Manhattan and Olathe, Kan.; also for Greenwich, Conn.; Lebanon, Ind.; Edmond, Okla.; and Mount Pleasant, S.C.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-1544, bbohn@k-state.edu

Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

MAKING THEIR MARK: GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENTING RESEARCH AT FINANCIAL THERAPY CONFERENCE

MANHATTAN -- Eight Kansas State University graduate students from the College of Human Ecology's personal financial planning and marriage and family therapy programs will present their research at the second annual conference of the Financial Therapy Association, Sept. 11-13, in Athens, Ga.

Financial therapists blend aspects of financial planning, financial counseling, marriage and family therapy, sociology, social work and psychology.

Members of the Financial Therapy Association study the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, economic and integrative aspects of financial wellness. The association's membership includes more than 100 practicing financial therapists and financial therapy researchers.

Also presenting at the conference will be three K-State personal financial planning program faculty members who serve on the board of directors of the Financial Therapy Association. They include: Sonya Britt, assistant professor of family studies and human services and a financial therapist, association president; John Grable, professor and director of the K-State's Financial Planning Institute, association treasurer; and Kristy Archuleta, co-director of K-State's Financial Planning Clinic and an assistant professor of family studies and human services. In addition, Rudabeh Nazarinia-Roy, assistant professor of arts, sciences and business at K-State Salina, will be a conference presenter.

K-State graduate students presenting research at the conference include:

* Mary Bell, doctoral student personal financial planning, Manhattan, is co-presenting "Factors Influencing Financial Satisfaction," with K-State's Grable and Britt. Bell also will co-present "Developing a Solution-focused Approach to Financial Well-being" with Archuleta, Grable and three K-State graduate students in marriage and family therapy.

* Jeremy Boyle, doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, Manhattan, will co-present "Developing a Solution-focused Approach to Financial Well-being" with Archuleta, Grable and three other K-State graduate students.

* Jurdene Ingram, master's student in marriage and family therapy, Manhattan, will co-present "Developing a Solution-focused Approach to Financial Well-being" with Archuleta, Grable and three other K-State graduate students.

Laura Irwin, master's student in marriage and family therapy, Olathe, will co-present "Developing a Solution-focused Approach to Financial Well-being" with Archuleta, Grable and three other K-State graduate students. Irwin is a graduate of Olathe South High School.

* Ronald Sages, doctoral student in personal financial planning, Greenwich, Conn., will co-present "Does Mental Health Really Influence Financial Behavior," with Britt and a fellow K-State doctoral student in personal financial planning.

* Anita Dale, doctoral student in personal financial planning, Lebanon, Ind., will co-present "Understanding Financial Mental Health: Exploring Predictors of Financial Anxiety," with Archuleta and a fellow K-State personal financial planning doctoral student.

* Julie Cumbie, doctoral student in personal financial planning, Edmond, Okla., will co-present "Does Mental Health Really Influence Financial Behavior" with Britt and a fellow K-State doctoral student in personal financial planning.

* Scott Spann, doctoral student in personal financial planning, Mount Pleasant, S.C., will co-present "Understanding Financial Mental Health: Exploring Predictors of Financial Anxiety," with Archuleta and another K-State personal financial planning doctoral student.