J. Michael Collins, Ph.D., Academic Director

J. Michael Collins, Ph.D., is faculty director of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is an Associate Professor at the  the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the School of Human Ecology. He is also a faculty affiliate of the UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Research on Poverty.

The Center for Financial Security is an applied, multidisciplinary research center that seeks to inform practitioners, policymakers, and the general public on strategies for building financial capability and security over the life course.

CFS research examines the role of specific products, policies, and advice in helping individuals navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace. The Center’s research is notable for its focus on vulnerable populations—including low-income families, youth, and people with disabilities.

The Center is an intellectual hub for research and outreach across disciplines. Currently, 43 researchers in a diverse array of departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and campuses across the nation are affiliated with the Center.

CFS faculty and staff have extensive experience in program development, implementation evaluation, outcome evaluation, and research dissemination with organizations ranging from community-based nonprofits to large-scale public sector agencies.

J. Michael Collins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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