Martin Seay

Martin Seay

PFP Department Head,
IDFS Interim Department Head

Contact Information

343I Justin Hall

Courses I Teach

  • PFP 579 Pre-Internship Orientation in Personal Financial Planning (undergraduate)
  • PFP 580 Internship in Personal Financial Planning(undergraduate)
  • PFP 805 Statistical Software Applications in Personal Financial Planning
  • PFP 808 Research Application in Personal Financial Planning (graduate)


  • Ph.D. in Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia (2012)
  • B.S.F.C.S. in Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia (2007)

Credentials and/or Certifications


Area(s) of Specialization

  • Personal Finance
  • Borrowing Decisions
  • Mortgages
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Psychology and Money

Professional Biography

Martin Seay, Ph.D., CFP® is Professor and Department Head of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University, where he oversees the CFP Board registered undergraduate, graduate certificate, M.S. and Ph.D. programs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., which is charged with overseeing the CFP® marks. He previously served as national president of the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) in 2020, the largest membership organization for CFP® professionals in the country.

Dr. Seay's research focuses on borrowing decisions, how psychological characteristics shape financial behavior, and methodology in financial planning research. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Journal of Financial Planning, and Journal of Financial Therapy among others.

His research has been recognized by the 2014, 2017, and 2019 FPA Annual Conference Best Applied Research Paper Awards, the 2016 CFP Board of Standards' ACCI Financial Planning Award, and the 2016 Montgomery-Warschauer Award, which is awarded by the Journal of Financial Planning for the paper that provided the most outstanding contribution to the betterment of the profession in the previous year. He was recognized with the Distinguished Financial Planning Alumnus Award by the University of Georgia in 2021 and selected as a member of the 2020 InvestmentNews 40 Under 40 class. Additionally, he was awarded the Kenneth Tremblay Early Career Housing Award from the Housing Education and Research Association in 2016.

He received his Ph.D. in Housing and Consumer Economics with an emphasis in Family Financial Planning from the University of Georgia.

Vita (pdf)