Yulia Zhang

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

343O Justin Hall


Courses I Teach

  • PFP 105 - Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
  • PFP 808 - Research Application in Personal Financial Planning


  • Ph.D. in Financial Planning, University of Georgia
  • M.S. in Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri
  • B.S.B.A. in Finance, University of Missouri
  • B.S. in Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®)

Professional Biography

Yu (Yulia) Zhang, Ph.D., AFC® (She, her, hers) – Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University. Her research interests include financial technology, advice-seeking, financial capability, financial education and socialization, and consumer financial well-being. Dr. Zhang was recognized with the "National Endowment for Financial Education Best Paper Award" from the American Council for Consumer Interests in 2021, the AFCPE® Outstanding Symposium Research Award in 2022, and the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal Best Paper Award in 2023. Her publications can be found in high-quality peer-reviewed journals including Applied Economics Letters, Family and Consumer Science Research Journal, and Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. As an educator, Dr. Zhang has a broad teaching interest in personal financial planning areas. She is deeply committed to imparting knowledge to the next generation of young adults, thereby enhancing the financial literacy of the community.

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