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Julie Birkenmaier, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW

Professor; Social Work
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Courses Taught

Financial Capability Practice; Policy Practice for Social Justice; Community Theory and Practice


Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
M.S.W., Saint Louis University

Research Interests

Financial Capability; Financial Capability Education in Social Work Education; Financial Knowledge and Skills; Financial Access; Financial Credit; Assets; Community Development

Publications and Media Placements

She has co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and books on financial capability and asset building, and social work practice. 

Recent Articles: 

  1. Birkenmaier, J. M. Oliver, A., & Huang, J. (2020). The bank staff perspective on reducing financial exclusion through affordable financial products and services. Journal of Poverty. 10.1080/10875549.2020.1799288
  2. Caplan, M., Birkenmaier, J. M. & Bae, J. (2020). Financial exclusion in OECD countries: A scoping review. International Journal of Social Welfare. 10.1111/ijsw.12430
  3. Birkenmaier, J. M. & Fu, Q. (in press). Is bank staff interaction associated with customer saving behavior in banks? Journal of Consumer Affairs.
  4. Birkenmaier, J. M. & Fu, Q. (2020). Financial behavior and financial access: A Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 31(1), 1-15. 10.1891/JFCP-18-00067
  5. Birkenmaier, J. M., Lane, L. B., Callahan, C. & Hageman, S. (2020). Course models for increased competency for practice integrated with financial capability and asset building. Journal of Social Work Education. 10.1080/10437797.2020.1714522
Recent Books: 
  • Financial Capability and Asset-building in Vulnerable Households (2018, Oxford University Press) 
  • Financial capability and asset building with diverse populations (2018, Routledge)

Honors and Awards

In 2019, she received the Mid-Career Award from ACOSA. In 2019, she was also elected as a Fellow for the Society for Social Work and Research.

Professional Organizations and Associations

She is a member of the following organizations:

  • Faculty Director in Financial Capability, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St Louis
  • Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA)
  • Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Community Work and Service

She is an editorial board member for the Journal of Community Practice Chair, ACOSA Awards Committee and an advisory leadership council member of the Center for Excellence in Financial Counseling.

She serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Consumer Studies,  Journal of Consumer Policy, Journal of Technology in Human Services, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Social Work Education Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Community Practice, Qualitative Social Work, and Journal of Social Work.