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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Sonya Britt-Lutter

Sonya Lutter (Britt)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

317 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning, Texas Tech University, Lubbock (2010)
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University, Manhattan (2005)
  • B.S. in Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University, Manhattan (2003)

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Certified Financial Planner™ Certificant

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Financial therapy
  • Physiological stress
  • Financial conflict within relationships

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 771 Financial Therapy Theory and Research (graduate)
  • FSHS 825 Resource Management (doctoral)
  • FSHS 890 Research Methods II (doctoral)

Professional Biography

Dr. Sonya Britt is an associate professor and program director of the Personal Financial Planning program at Kansas State University. As founding (past) president of the Financial Therapy Association - an international association of practitioners and academicians - Britt enjoys the opportunity to combine her skills in marriage and family therapy with her education and experience in financial planning.

Britt is known for her groundbreaking research in physiological assessment of stress in the financial planning and counseling setting. Britt's other research interests include the theoretical development of money issues within marriage, predictors of money arguments and their influence on relationship satisfaction and divorce, effectiveness of financial literacy efforts, and assessment of money beliefs and behaviors in the financial planning and counseling setting. Britt's research has been quoted in Kiplinger's (August 2012), InvestmentNews (March 2012 and July 2010), the Wall Street Journal (December 2011), and the New York Times (May 2011) to name a few. Britt attended the inaugural Child and Youth Finance International Financial Literacy Summit held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in April 2012, where she shared her experiences and research in financial literacy of young people.

Britt has published three books. The first was an edited book with Dr. Dottie Durband, "Student Financial Literacy: Campus-Based Program Development," in which leads readers through the process of developing or enhancing financial literacy programs for college students. The second was titled, "Transition to Parenthood," with co-authors Drs. Roudi Nazarinia Roy and Walter Schumm. Britt's main area of focus was the financial issues parents experience while raising children. The third is an edited book with Drs. Brad Klontz and Kristy Archuleta titled, "Financial Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice," the first book of its kind to address the issues surrounding the emerging field of financial therapy.

Personal Information

Outside of work, Britt enjoys spending time with her dogs and children. She believes Manhattan is a great community with plenty of recreational activities. Britt and her family love the outdoors and the gorgeous background the Flint Hills provide.

Vita (pdf)