Kathryn A. Carroll

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.

At UCA I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in our Family & Consumer Sciences program. 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!

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.


  • 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 (Fall & Spring; Summer I)

  • FACS 4317: Advanced Personal & Family Finance (Spring; service-learning course)

  • FACS 4V30: Undergraduate Research Workshop (1 credit hr. , Spring 2019)

  • FACS 4V30: Community Outreach Workshop (3 credit hrs., Spring 2022)


  • FACS 6309: Consumer Economics (Fall of even years)

  • FACS 6310: Advanced Resource Management (Summer I of odd years)

  • FACS 6355: Consumer Affairs (Fall of odd years)


  • Consumer Decision Making

  • Food Choice

  • Marketing of Consumer Products

  • Behavioral Nudges

  • Financial Education


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

  • Mondays: 9:45-11:45 AM & 1-4:30 PM

  • Wednesdays: 1-3:30 PM

  • Other times if needed, by appointment


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!

I am currently advising undergraduate students with last names A-J who are pursuing the B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) major. I can also advise any student minoring in FACS. Please sign up for a time to meet during office hours (see above)!