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

Professor; Social Work
School of Social Work

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., Maynard, B, & Kim, Y. (2022). Interventions designed to improve financial capability: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice, 32(6), 651-677.
  2. Birkenmaier, J. M., Rothwell, D. & Ager, M. (2022). How is consumer financial capability measured? Journal of Family and Economic Issues Special Issue on Financial capability and asset building for family financial wellbeing.10.1007/s10834-022-09825-4
  3. Birkenmaier, J. M. & Fu, Q. (2022). Consumer financial access trends after the Great Recession: A Latent Transition Analysis. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 33(2), 171-182.
  4. Birkenmaier, J. M., Huang, J. & Balu, A. (2022). Bank compliance with national transaction account standards: Evidence from a mid-western metropolitan area. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 56(2), 982-1003.
  5. Birkenmaier, J. M. & Janssen, A. (2021). A policy mapping analysis of goals related to bank accounts in federal legislative proposals. Journal of Policy Practice and Research.

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 and the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Society of Social Work and Research. She is also a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis Financial Stability Initiatives Advisory Board.