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Axton Betz-Hamilton

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Title Assistant Professor
Office Building Wagner Hall
Room Number 147
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
Consumer Sciences
SWG 147, Box 2275A
Brookings, SD 57007

Applications of Research

Teaster, P. B., Vincenti, V., Betz-Hamilton, A., Bolkan, C., & Jasper, C. (accepted for publication). 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 (pp. xxx-xxx). Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library.

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.

Professional Memberships

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

Area(s) of Research

Financial exploitation within families
Child identity theft
Elder family financial exploitation

Academic Responsibilities

Consumer Affairs Student Organization Advisor

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.


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).

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).

Awards & Honors

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

Research/Scholarship Responsibilities

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


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