Saint Louis University

Julie Birkenmaier, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Professor of Social Work

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Research Interests: Interests: Financial Capability; Financial Knowledge and Skills; Financial Access; Financial Credit; Assets; Community Development

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Teaching Areas: Financial Capability Practice; Policy Practice for Social Justice; Community Theory and Practice; Community and Organizational Practice

Education History: PhD, Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis
MSW, Saint Louis University

Community and Professional Service: Reviewer - Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Financial Therapy, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Community Practice, Qualitative Social Work, Journal of Social Work

Editorial Board Member - Journal of Community Practice Chair, ACOSA Awards Committee

Advisory Leadership Council member, Center for Excellence in Financial Counseling

Tegeler Hall, 330

(314) 977-3323


Julie Birkenmaier, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is a Professor in the School of Social Work. Her research, publishing, and teaching are focused on financial capability, financial access, financial credit, social work practice, and social work education.

She is a co-author of Financial Capability and Asset-Building in Vulnerable Households (Oxford University Press, 2017). She is the senior editor of Financial Education and Capability: Research, Education, Policy, and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Educating for Social Justice: Transformative Experiential Learning (Lyceum Books, 2011). She is the co-author of The Practice of Generalist Social Work (3nd ed., Routledge, 2017), and The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Field Work (4rd ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2017).

Teaching Honors
2010 - MSW Social Work Professor of the Year (student award)
2005 - Student Government Association, Faculty Excellence Award, Saint Louis University. (student award)

Recent Publications:

Loke, V., Birkenmaier, J. M., & Hageman, S. (in press). Financial capability and asset building in the curricula: Student perceptions. Journal of Social Work Education. Special section on Financial Capability and Asset Building.

Birkenmaier, J. M. & Fu, J. (2016). Who uses Alternative Financial Services? A Latent Class Analysis of consumer financial knowledge and behaviors. Journal of Social Service Research. Doi: 10.1080/01488376.2016.1147519

Birkenmaier, J.M., & Fu, Q. (2015). The association of Alternative Financial Services usage and financial access: Evidence from the National Financial Capability Study. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 1-11. Doi:10.1007/s10834-015- 9463-2

Birkenmaier, J.M., Huang, J., & Kim, Y. (2015). Food insecurity and financial access during an economic recession: Evidence from the 2008 SIPP. Journal of Poverty. Doi: 10.1080/10875549.2015.1094767.

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