Kathryn A. Carroll

I joined the University of Central Arkansas as an Assistant Professor of Family & Consumer Sciences in August 2018.  Before joining UCA, I received my Ph.D. in Consumer Behavior and Family Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  At UW-Madison, I also spent five years as Lab Manager of the Behavioral Research Insights Through Experiments (BRITE) Lab.

 At UCA I  teach undergraduate and graduate courses in our Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) program, including a Service-Learning personal finance course.  I also advise undergraduate students in our B.S. in FCS major, FCS minor, and graduate students pursuing the M.S. in FCS.  

 As a researcher, I use experiments and survey research to examine questions in the area of consumer decision-making.  I am especially interested in consumer food choice, local food, behavioral nudges, and health interventions.  I also have interests in financial decision-making and education, particularly among college students.  My work is designed to help address real-world problems, with the goal of providing useful information for individuals, producers, policymakers, retailers, and other stakeholders. Recent collaborations include projects with the Arkansas Foodbank, the FUMC-Conway Food Pantry, and Arkansas Asset Builders, as well as curriculum efforts with the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics (ACRE)'s Social Studies Library.  

 If you are a student interested in getting involved in an existing research project, feel free to contact me! 







(Please email me, or Sign up for a time to meet HERE! ):     


Advising for the Summer and Fall 2023 terms will begin in March!  If you are on my advising list, watch for an email from me then with more info. Advance Registration will begin the week after spring break. 

I am currently advising undergraduate students with the last name A-J who are pursuing the B.S. in FCS major, and M.S. in FCS students.  I can also advise any student minoring in FCS.  Please sign up for a time to meet during office hours  (see above)!