Resource Center: Funding & Recognition

Awards: Member Spotlight

Congratulations to past winners of the AFCPE Outstanding Research Journal Article!

2016: "Financial Literacy and Long-and Short-Term Financial Behavior in Different Age Groups", 27(1), 3-19

Robin Henager, PhD is a researcher and assistant professor in Economics and Finance in the School of Business at Whitworth University, in Spokane, WA. She received her PhD in Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia. Her passion and her research focus are in the area of financial literacy, financial education, and student debt. She also leads a peer educator program at Whitworth focusing on financial literacy for college students. Prior to academia, Dr. Henager spent a number of years as a financial analyst and forecaster for Lockheed Martin Aerospace and transitioned from corporate work to non-profit work where she was the Director of Strategic Research for Crown Financial and volunteered her time to teach financial management seminars and provide one-on-one financial counseling to individuals and families. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Brenau University, and Whitworth University. She is a member of the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi, the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®), and is currently serving as the conference chair for the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI).

Brenda J. Cude is a Professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. She earned a PhD in Consumer Economics at Purdue University. She also is the director of the University of Georgia Center for Economic Education. Dr. Cude’s primary research interests are in consumer decision-making, with an emphasis in personal financial literacy, and especially for college students. Her 60 publications include articles in leading journals. She also has presented more than 80 papers at professional conferences, primarily at the American Council on Consumer Interests, Marketing and Public Policy, and Financial Counseling and Planning Education conferences. Dr. Cude also has served in a variety of capacities representing consumers.

2015: “Factors Associated with Getting and Dropping Financial Advisors Among Older Adults: Evidence from Longitudinal Data”, 25(2), 129-147

Benjamin F. Cummings, Ph.D., CFP® is an assistant professor in the Finance Department at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. While at Texas Tech, he volunteered as a Red to Black®  financial counselor. Previously, Benjamin was the Scholar in Residence at CFP Board and also worked as a Summer Associate for FJY Financial, a fee-only financial planning firm in Northern Virginia.



Russell N. James, III, J.D., Ph.D., CFP® is a professor, CH Foundation Chair in Personal Financial Planning, and the Director of Graduate Studies in Charitable Planning at Texas Tech University. Russel is internationally known for his research on charitable giving. Prior to Texas Tech, he taught at the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri, and was the President of Central Christian College in Moberly, Missouri.

Past Award Winners

Henegar, J. M., Archuleta, K., Grable, J., Britt, S., Anderson, N., & Dale, A. (2013). Credit card behavior as a function of impulsivity and mother’s socialization factors. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 24(2), 37-49.

Kim, J., & Chatterjee, S. (2013). Childhood financial socialization and young adults’ financial management. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning Volume, 24(1), 61-79.

Beutler, I. F. (2012). Connections to economic prosperity: Money aspirations from adolescence to emerging adulthood. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 23(1), 17-32.


Dew, J., & Xiao, J. J. (2011). The financial management behavior scale: Development and validation. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 22(1), 43-59.


Rutherford, L., & DeVaney, S. A. (2009). Utilizing the theory of planned behavior to understand convenience use of credit cards. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 20(2), 48-63.


Grable, J., Britt, S., & Webb, F. J. (2008). Environmental and biopsychosocial profiling as a means for describing financial risk-taking behavior. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 19(2), 3-18.

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