Saint Louis University

Julie Birkenmaier, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Professor of Social Work

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Research Interests: Financial Capability (Financial Education and Access; Financial Credit and Assets; Community Development; Older Adults

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Teaching Areas: Financial Education, Literacy, and 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 Therapy, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Community Practice, Qualitative Social Work, Journal of Social Work
Editorial Board Member - Journal of Community Practice
ACOSA Board Member
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 and credit, social work practice, and older adults.

She is the senior editor of Financial Education and Capability: Research, Education, Policy, and Practice (Oxford University Press, in press), and Educating for Social Justice: Transformative Experiential Learning (Lyceum Books, 2011). She is the co-author of The Practice of Generalist Social Work (2nd ed., Routledge, 2011), and The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Field Work (3rd ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2011).

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:
Birkenmaier, J.M. (in press). Promoting bank accounts to low-income households: Implications for social work practice. Journal of Community Practice.

Birkenmaier, J.M., Curley, J., & Rowan, N. (in press). Knowledge outcomes within rotation models of social work field education. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Collins, M. J. & J. M. Birkenmaier (in press). Building the capacity of social workers to enhance financial capability. In J. M. Birkenmaier, M. Sherraden, & J. Curley's (Eds.) Financial education and capability: Research, education, policy, and practice. Oxford University Press.

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