Katherine (Kate) S. Mielitz is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) with over 18 years of combined experience in collections, bankruptcy, fraud, and financial counseling and education. Mielitz has provided financial counseling and education to members of the Armed Forces and their families, recovering substance abusers, men transitioning into work-release from prison, families experiencing homelessness, and credit union members of a medium-sized state credit union. From her research, she developed and wrote financial education curriculum for the Georgia Transitional Centers.
Mielitz has published primary data research in respected journals and has presented her research at annual conferences for the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI), the American Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA).
Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University, 2018
M.A. in Communications, University of Wyoming, 2004
B.A. in Broadcasting, University of Wyoming, 1999
Mielitz, K. S., Clady, J., Lurtz, M., Archuleta, K. (2019). Barriers to Banking: A Mixed Methods Investigation of Previously Incarcerated Individuals’ Banking Perceptions and Financial Knowledge. Journal of Consumer Affairs. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1111/joca.12260
Archuleta, K. L., Mielitz, K., Jayne, D., & Le, V. (2019). Financial goal setting, financial anxiety, and solution-focused financial therapy (SFFT): A quasi-experimental outcome study. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy (Special Issue). Advanced online publication. doi:10.1007/s10591-019-09591-0
Mielitz, K. S., Lurtz, M., Clady, J., & Archuleta, K. (2018) After Release: A Qualitative Investigation into the Financial Lives of Former Offenders. Corrections, 3(1), 56-71. DOI: 10.1080/23774657.2017.1383215
Mielitz, K. S., MacDonald, M., & Lurtz, M. (2019). Financial Literacy Education in a Work-Release Program: Investigating Knowledge Gains. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 29(2).