Financial Findings Podcast

The Financial Findings Podcast is a series developed by the Center for Financial Security that features interviews with researchers about household finance, financial security, and retirement and disability research and the implications for policy, practice, and relevance for the general public. The podcast series is hosted by Jonathon Ferguson.

Episode 1: Interview with Dr. Cliff Robb

For this episode we have an interview with Dr. Cliff Robb. Cliff A. Robb is the chair for the department of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a professor in the School of Human Ecology.  

Dr. Robb studies consumer financial decision-making, with an emphasis on financial knowledge and capability. He is interested in the financial decision-making of young adults in particular, with a focus on college student debt management and well-being. His research is widely published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. 

He holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, a Masters from the University of Alabama, and a BA from The University of the South

Our discussion centers on Dr. Robb’s research project, Enhancing Trust in the Social Security Administration and E-Government Among People Targeted by Fraud 

Episode Transcript

*The research reported herein was performed pursuant to a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) funded as part of the Retirement and Disability Consortium. The opinions and conclusions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and do not represent the opinions or policy of SSA or any agency of the Federal Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the contents of this report. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. 

Jonathon Ferguson

Financial Capability Specialist

UW-Madison Division of Extension

Jonathon has over 15 years of higher education experience and has held positions at North Central College, Northern Illinois University,
Cornell University, and UW-Madison prior to his new role. Most recently, he worked in financial wellness for a growing, start-up company. Jonathon was born and raised on the southside of Chicago and later relocated to Schaumburg IL, where he completed an associate’s degree at William Rainey Harper College. Afterward, he earned a bachelor’s degree (History) and a master’s degree (Adult & Higher Education) at Northern Illinois University. He moved to Madison in 2014 and enjoys Madison’s bike paths, coffee shops, and kayaking on Lake Mendota and Monona.