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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Cliff Robb

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. in Consumer Economics and Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri (2007)
  • M.S. in Consumer Economics and Personal Financial Planning, University of Alabama (2004)
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of the South (2001)

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Consumer economics
  • Consumer decision-making

Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors

  • Personal financial knowledge and literacy research
  • Consumer decision-making
  • Consumer debt behavior
  • College student financial behavior and well-being
  • Adoption of new technologies by consumers

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 400 Family and Consumer Economics
  • FSHS 762 Investment Planning
  • FSHS 806 Statistical Methods I
  • FSHS 894 Readings in FSHS (Research Cluster)

Professional Biography

Cliff Robb is currently an associate professor of personal financial planning in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. He earned his doctorate in consumer economics and personal financial planning from the University of Missouri in 2007. His research interests include financial literacy (with an emphasis on the relationship between financial knowledge and observable financial behavior), college student financial behavior, and financial satisfaction and well-being.

Dr. Robb has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of Consumer Affairs, the International Journal of Consumer Studies, the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Financial Services Review and the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Consumer Affairs and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning and the Journal of Financial Planning. He is currently the president of the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI).

Personal Information

Dr. Robb spends as much time as possible with his two boys playing outside and enjoys hiking and exploring with them. Right now he is probably working on data analysis but thinking about his golf swing. He has also amassed a problematic number of comic books over the years that have taken over the unfinished basement room. Dr. Robb joined Kansas State University for the professional development opportunities and to be part of a nationally recognized graduate program in personal financial planning. "It certainly was not because of the great winters," he says.

Vita (pdf)