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Frances Lawrence

Lawrence, Frances
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University of Missouri
Department of Personal Financial Planning
241 Stanley Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

University Profile

Program involvement
Family Financial Planning Graduate Programs - Department Chair


Frances Lawrence is professor and chair of the Department of Personal Financial Planning at the University of Missouri. Previously, she held the Gerald Cire and Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professorship and the Ourso Professorship of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University's E. J. Ourso College of Business where she served as associate dean. She received numerous honors at LSU including the University Distinguished Faculty Award.

Lawrence conducts research related to personal financial management, teaches undergraduate and graduate financial planning courses, and serves as the director of the Certified Financial PlannerTM board-registered programs. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Journal of Financial Planning, and Financial Planning Review. She is on the steering committee for the CFP Board’s Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines.

Lawrence was selected as a fellow with the SEC Academic Leadership Program. She has held various leadership positions in honorary organizations such as Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta, in professional societies such as the Academy of Financial Services, American Council on Consumer Interests, Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Financial Planning Association, Society of Financial Services Professionals, and in the international sorority Alpha Phi.

Lawrence earned her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and doctorate and Master of Science from Florida State University where she received the Centennial Laureate Award.


Ph.D. in Consumer Economics, Florida State University, 1977
M.S. in Consumer Economics, Florida State University, 1975
B.S. in Management, Housing, and Family Development, Virginia Tech, 1970