Kathryn A. Carroll

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Email: kcarroll5@uca.edu

Office: McAlister Hall, Suite 113

I joined the University of Central Arkansas as an Assistant Professor of Family & Consumer Sciences in August 2018. Prior to joining UCA, I received my PhD 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.

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, product marketing, local food, behavioral nudges, and health/nutrition 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, policy makers, retailers, and other stakeholders.

At UCA I teach undergraduate Personal & Family Finance courses, a 1 credit Undergraduate Research Workshop, and graduate Consumer Economics. I also advise undergraduate students in the B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences major. If you are a student interested in getting involved in an existing research project, feel free to contact me.


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
  • M.S. University of Delaware, 2011
  • B.S. University of Delaware, 2007



  • FACS 3372: Personal & Family Finance
  • FACS 4V30: Undergraduate Research Workshop
  • FACS 4317: Advanced Personal & Family Finance


  • FACS 6309: Consumer Economics


  • Consumer Decision Making
  • Food Choice
  • Marketing of Consumer Products
  • Behavioral Nudges
  • Financial Education


  • By virtual appointment


I am currently advising undergraduate students with last names A-L who are new to the B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) major. I can also advise any student minoring in FACS. Please email me to set up a virtual advising appointment.

NOTE: due to COVID-19, I am not taking face-to-face advising appointments at this time. However I am happy to meet via phone or using an online meeting platform.