Who We Are

Housed in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), CFS is an intellectual hub for research and outreach across disciplines. Currently, over 100 researchers from the UW and campuses across the nation are affiliated with CFS. CFS attracts leading researchers through its expertise in consumer behavior, commitment to outreach and applied scholarship, and access to resources for behavior research and the dissemination of research findings. CFS faculty and staff have extensive experience with program development, implementation evaluation, and outcome evaluation.

Since its beginning in 2008, the Center for Financial Security (CFS) has operated as a self-funded Center and has strengthened UW’s financial base by: 



CFS Affiliates are UW faculty members who represent more than 20 disciplines including business, consumer science, educational policy studies, law, public affairs, sociology, and political science.

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Research Fellows

Fellows are non-UW staff members, faculty members from other academic institutions, and financial professionals in leading private and governmental agencies throughout the United States and beyond.

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Extension Fellows

University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Fellows are Educators that are utilizing research and outreach to improve the financial capability of Wisconsinites through action, education and community partnerships.

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CFS disseminates research and program findings through multiple ways, including webinars, a Listserv, events, publications, newsletters, as well as trainings and education sessions.

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