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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; Community and Organizational Practice


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

Research Interests

Financial Capability; 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. 

She is the co-author of Financial Capability and Asset-building in Vulnerable Households (2018, Oxford University Press), Financial capability and asset building with diverse populations (2018, Routledge), The Practice of Generalist Social Work (4th ed., Routledge, 2017), and The Practicum Companion for Social Work: Integrating Class and Field Work (4th ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2017).

Honors and Awards

In 2005, on behalf of the Student Government Association, she received the Faculty Excellence Award at Saint Louis University. She also received teaching honors in 2010 for M.S.W. Social Work Professor of the Year Award.

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)
  • Empower Missouri

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 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, and Journal of Social Work.