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The Specialist

FRM Extension Specialist



Ph.D. 2008, The Ohio State University, Family Resource Management

M.P.H. 2005, The Ohio State University, Biostatistics

M.S. 2001, Iowa State University, Economics (Minor: Statistics)

B.S. 1998, Iowa State University, Psychology & Economics


  • The American Council on Consumer Interests
  • American Public Health Association

Scholarly Interests

  • Financial payment tools, debit card, debt management, consumer behavior
  • Survey methods, sampling weights
  • Physical activity, elderly


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, March 2006 - February 2009
Research Associate I, Center for Human Resource Research
* Main Project: Consumer Finance Monthly (CFM) Survey

  • Compiled and edited CFM codebook
  • Generated sample weights and created new variables
  • Employed raking technique to assess the reliability of sample weights
  • Participated in meetings to market the dataset
  • Cleaned up raw data, monitor survey interviews, and detect system error
  • Prepared internal reports on efficient bracket values for different types of wealth - component
  • Communicated with interviewers on improvements of interviewing styles
  • Compared Consumer Debt Index values with existing reports
  • Prepared a payday lending report for the Ohio State legislation use
  • Conducted analysis on payment tools utilized for specific transaction

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, January 2005 - March 2006
* Instructor of Consumer Behavior course, Department of Consumer Sciences

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, June - August 2004
Data Analyst, Student Wellness Center
* Main Projects: (a) Assessment and Evaluation of Wellness Programs and (b) Grant Application

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 2002 - December 2004
Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Consumer Sciences
* Course: Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits

University of Georgia, Athens, GA, August 2001 - August 2002
Graduate Assistant, Department of Housing and Consumer Economics
* Courses: Demography; Personal Finance

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, September 1999 - August 2001
Research Assistant, Department of Economics
* Main project: The expansion of Iowa metropolitans report using Geographical Information System (GIS)

Mainstream Inc., Ames, IA, January - May 1999
Support Living Technician
* Main tasks: Assisted mentally disabled adults to live independently; Administered controlled substance to clients while maintaining medication logs

Bukit Bandaraya High School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April - June 1994
Temporary Teacher
* Main tasks: Taught mathematics, coached soccer