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Axton Betz-Hamilton

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Title

Associate Professor

Office Building

Wagner Hall

Office

149

Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 149
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 Interests

Familial identity theft
Financial exploitation of older adults by family members
Familiar identity theft
Trauma


Expertise

  • Identity theft
  • Elder financial exploitation
  • Financial abuse within families
  • Financial therapy
  • Academic Responsibilities

    Teaching responsibilities include:
    Family Financial Management I (CA 350)
    Financial Counseling and Debt Management (CA 375)
    Family Financial Management II (CA 450)
    Financial Counseling Lab (CA 460)
    Seminar in Communication in Financial Planning (CA 517)

    Committee Activities

    President, Housing Education and Research Association
    Associate Editor for Book Reviews and Profiles, Journal of Financial Therapy
    Symposium Proceedings Editor, Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
    Chair, Communications and Membership, South Dakota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

    Awards and Honors

    South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
    SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Researcher, 2022-2023
    Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, 2020
    South Dakota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Outstanding Professional Award, 2019
    Illinois Consumer Education Association, Gladys Bahr Award, 2018

    Grants

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2022). Exploring familial identity theft victimization Through victim stories and case-related documents. South Dakota Humanities Council. ($1,238.00).

    Betz-Hamilton, A., & Croymans, S. (2022). South Dakota-Minnesota healthy homes. National Healthy Homes Partnership Subgrant. ($17,998.00).

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2021). South Dakota healthy homes. National Healthy Homes Partnership Subgrant. ($13,536.00).

    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). 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).

    Professional Memberships

    Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
    Financial Planning Association
    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.

    Creative Activities

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2019). The less people know about us: A mystery of betrayal, family secrets, and stolen identity. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing.

    Area(s) of Research

    Familial identity theft
    Financial abuse of older adults by family members
    Housing education

    Applications of Research

    Peer Reviewed Publications

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (accepted). Student relationships in hybrid consumer affairs courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2022). A comparison of the financial, emotional, and physical consequences of identity theft victimization among familial and non-familial victims. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 33 (2), 217-227. https://www.doi.org/10.1891/JFCP-2021-0014

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2022). Reporting behaviors of familiar identity theft victims: An empirical test of Black’s Theory of Law. Journal of Financial Crime. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-04-2022-0085

    Betz-Hamilton, A. E., Stum, M. S., & Chan, A. C. Y. (2022). Elder family financial exploitation offenders: Examining the complexities of problematic behaviors. Victims and Offenders. https://doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2022.2040068

    Betz-Hamilton, A., & Rich, J. (2021). Preventing financial exploitation of older adults in South Dakota by family members: A qualitative pilot study exploring the role of financial powers of attorney. Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 16, 15-20. https://neafcs.memberclicks.net/assets/documents/journal/2021-jneafcs/Preventing%20Financial%20Exploitation%20of%20Older%20Adults%20in%20SD.pdf

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2021). Student perceptions of learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: An examination of hybrid, in-person, and online Consumer Affairs courses. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 38 (1), 13-23.

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2020). Understanding the experiences of familiar identity theft victims: A pilot study. Journal of Financial Therapy, 11 (1). doi: 10.4148/1944-9771.1237

    Betz-Hamilton, A. E. (2020). A phenomenological study on parental perpetrators of child identity theft. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 31(2), 219-228. http://doi.org/10.1891/JFCP-19-00001

    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. (2019). Financial abuse and victimization of older adults. In C. Callahan & J. Frey (Eds). Handbook on Financial Social Work and Clinical Implications (pp. 26-37).

    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. (2020, November). A comparison of the financial, emotional, and physical consequences of identity theft victimization among familial and non-familial victims. Proceedings of the 2020 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Symposium.

    Mielitz, K. S., Betz-Hamilton, A., Gatti, M., Li, N., Page, P,…& Xiao, J. J. (2020). Research snapshots: Telling the research story in 3 minutes with 1 slide. Proceedings of the 2020 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Symposium.

    Betz-Hamilton, A., & O’Neill, B. (2020, November). So you want to write a personal finance book? a primer on publishing and promoting your future book. Proceedings of the 2020 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Symposium.

    Betz-Hamilton, A. (2020, October). Comparing the homeownership status of familial and non-familial identity theft victims. Refereed abstract accepted for the 2020 Housing Education and Research Association conference (Conference postponed to October 2021 due to COVID-19).

    Betz-Hamilton, A., & Rich, J. (2019, November). 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, November). Golden nuggets and nuisances of credit report policies: Stories from the field. Proceedings of the 2019 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Symposium.


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