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Axton Betz-Hamilton

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Title

Assistant Professor

Office Building

Wagner Hall

Office

147

Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 147
Consumer Sciences-Box 2275A
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

Education

Ph.D., Iowa State University, Human Development and Family Studies
M.S., Purdue University, Consumer Sciences and Retailing
B.S., Purdue University, Agricultural Economics

Graduate Certificates
Family Financial Planning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
College Teaching, Iowa State University

Academic Responsibilities

Consumer Affairs Student Organization Advisor

Awards and Honors

South Dakota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Outstanding Professional Award, 2019
Illinois Consumer Education Association, Gladys Bahr Award, 2018
Eastern Illinois University Achievement and Contribution Award, Teaching Category, 2016
Eastern Illinois University Office of Minority Affairs TRiO Faculty Mentor of the Year, 2015
National Council on Family Relations Affiliate Councils Board Meritorious Service Award, 2014
Eastern Illinois University Achievement and Contribution Award, Research Category, 2014
Illinois Jump$tart Coalition Educator Scholarship, 2014
Illinois Council on Family Relations Outstanding Service Award, 2013

Grants

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2019). Travel to the 2019 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference. South Dakota State University Scholarly Excellence Funds. ($500.00).

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2018). Travel to the 2018 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference. South Dakota State University Scholarly Excellence Funds. ($1,500.00).

Vincenti, V., Betz-Hamilton, A., & Chapman, A. (2018-2021). Understanding elder family financial exploitation (EFFE): Identifying risk and protective factors. Kappa Omicron Nu New Initiatives Grant. ($9,000.00).

Vincenti, V. B., & Betz-Hamilton, A. E. (2018). Elder family financial exploitation: risk and protective factors within families. Phi Upsilon Omicron Alumni Research Grant. ($2,500.00).

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2018). Travel to the 2018 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference. South Dakota State University Scholarly Excellence Funds. ($1,500.00).

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2018). Exploration of the risk and protective factors associated with elder family financial exploitation (EFFE). South Dakota State University Foundation Women and Giving Grant. ($1,200.00).

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2017). Understanding the experiences of familial identity theft: A pilot study. South Dakota State University Scholarly Excellence Funds. ($4,084.08).

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2017). Travel to the 2017 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference. South Dakota State University Scholarly Excellence Funds. ($1,500.00).

Professional Memberships

Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
American Council on Consumer Interests
Financial Therapy Association
Housing Education and Research Association
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Work Experience

Dr. Betz-Hamilton's previous work experience includes faculty appointments at Eastern Illinois University, University of Wyoming, and Iowa Central Community College. She also has experience as a financial counselor, serving military members and their families.

Area(s) of Research

Family financial abuse
Child identity theft
Elder family financial exploitation

Chair-elect of USDA Multi-State Research Project W3191, "Elder Financial Exploitation: Family Risk and Protective Factors"

Applications of Research

Peer Reviewed Publications

Betz-Hamilton, A. E., Brooks, L., & O’Neill, B. (2019). Savings, investments, emergency funds, and cash flow: Are they related to positive health behaviors? Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 111(3), 31-37. doi: 10.14307/JFCS111.3.31

Betz-Hamilton, A.E., & Vincenti, V. B. (2018). Risk factors within families associated with elder financial exploitation (EFE) by relatives with powers of attorney (POA). Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 110(1), 19-27. doi: 10.14307/JFCS110.1.19

Vincenti, V., Browne, L., Betz-Hamilton, A., & Jasper, C. R. (2013/14). Clues to the power of attorney-based elder financial abuse within the family system. Journal of Consumer Education, 30, 45-58.

Tell, D., & Betz, A. E. (2012). Housing issues and solutions for the residents on the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. Journal of Consumer Education, 29, 70-74.

Walters, W. & Betz, A. E. (2012). Medical identity theft. Journal of Consumer Education, 29, 75-79.

Betz, A. (2009). Child identity theft and the need for consumer education. Journal of Consumer Education, 26, 45-57.

Works in Edited Volumes

Betz-Hamilton, A. E., & Zurlo, K. (in press). Financial abuse and victimization of older adults. In C. Callahan & J. Frey (Eds). Handbook on Financial Social Work and Clinical Implications (pp. xxx-xx).

Teaster, P. B., Vincenti, V., Betz-Hamilton, A., Bolkan, C., & Jasper, C. (2019). Themes from elder financial exploitation by family member powers of attorney. In K.P. Lyness & J.L. Fischer (Eds.) Gender, Sexual Identity, and Families: The Personal is Political. Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library. doi: 10.3998/groves.9453087.0005.001

Betz-Hamilton, A. E. (2016). Crime and families. In C. Shehan (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of family studies (pp.473-477). Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Betz-Hamilton, A. E., & Nagarajan, A. (2016). Economic distress. In C. Shehan (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of family studies (pp. 615-619). Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

McGuire, M., & Betz-Hamilton, A. E. (2016). Engagement. In C. Shehan (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of family studies (pp. 647-648). Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Betz, A. (2014). Website security. In W. Reiboldt & M. Horn Mallers (Eds.), Consumer survival: An encyclopedia of consumer rights, safety, and protection (pp. 879-881). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Betz, A., & Lucas, L. B. (2014). Identity theft: Child. In W. Reiboldt & M. Horn Mallers (Eds.), Consumer survival: An encyclopedia of consumer rights, safety, and protection (pp. 520-522). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Betz, A., & Walters, W. (2014). Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. In W. Reiboldt & M. Horn Mallers (Eds.), Consumer survival: An encyclopedia of consumer rights, safety, and protection (pp. 489-491). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Selected Conference Proceedings and Refereed Abstracts

Betz-Hamilton, A., & Rich, J. (2019) Successful family member POA agent implementation: Estate planning experiences in South Dakota. Proceedings of the 2019 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education symposium.

Betz-Hamilton, A., & O’Neill, B. (2019). Golden nuggets and nuisances of credit report policies: Stories from the field. Proceedings of the 2019 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education symposium.

Mielitz, K. S., Stueve, C., Betz-Hamilton, A., Lee, Y., Anderson, N., Lui, Y... & Wright, M. (2019). Research snapshots: Telling the .research story in 3 minutes with 1 slide. Proceedings of the 2019 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education symposium.

Gilligan, M., Betz-Hamilton, A., & Chapman, A. (2019). Addressing the theoretical gaps in elder financial exploitation. Innovation in Aging, 3 (suppl_1). doi: 10.1093/geroni/igz038.1409

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2018). Understanding the experiences of familial identity theft victims. Proceedings of the 2018 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education symposium.

Betz-Hamilton, A. (2018). Challenges and strategies associated with recruiting participants for family financial exploitation research. Consumer Interests Annual, 64.

Betz-Hamilton, A. E., & Frank, J. B. (2017). Bridging the gap: Motivation and strategies to effectively teach financial counseling and planning to differently abled post-secondary learners. Proceedings of the 2017 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education symposium.

Steinman, B. A., Betz-Hamilton, A. E., Bolkan, C. R., Jasper, C., Stum, M. S., Teaster, P. B., & Vincenti, V. (2017). Risk and protective factors for elder financial exploitation by family power of attorney agents. Innovation in Aging, 1 (suppl_1), 365.

Betz-Hamilton, A., & Vincenti, V. (2016). Victim risk factors associated with elder financial exploitation. Proceedings of the 2016 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Association Conference.


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