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Dr. Martie Gillen

Associate Professor
Family & Consumer Economics for Older Adults

Dr. Gillen is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, in the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.  She joined the Department in June, 2011. Her appointment is 65% teaching, 10% research, and 25% Extension. She has a BA in Business Administration from Morehead State University and a MBA from Sullivan University. She earned her Doctorate in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Kentucky. 

Dr. Gillen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of personal and family finance including introduction to personal and family financial planning, wealth management, income tax, retirement and estate planning, and insurance. She has also taught the undergraduate research methods course.

Dr. Gillen serves as the co-leader of the Family Resource Management priority work group. Her Extension work focuses on promoting healthy financial behaviors among families throughout the life cycle. In collaboration with county faculty, she has developed curricula and Extension publications. Dr. Gillen’s Extension programming includes Women and Money: Unique Issues and Small Steps to Health and WealthTM for Older AdultsWomen and Money begins by establishing the unique financial issues, then this multi-session curriculum builds on financial organization, money communication, goal setting, asset protection, estate planning, and concludes with retirement.  The Small Steps to Health and WealthTM for Older Adults curriculum is the older-adults component to the Small Steps to Health and Wealth TM (SSHW) program developed by Rutgers University. The older-adults component of the SSHW program, developed by Dr. Gillen, is designed motivate older adults to improve their lives through behavior change strategies (small steps) for both health and financial management.

Gillen’s research interests include personal and family finance, behavioral economics, foster care, trauma, older adults, Social Security, poverty, retirement planning, financial social work, food security, risk management, and innovative post-secondary education models.


In addition to her academic work, Dr. Gillen has assisted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program by preparing tax returns for low-income families and taught tax law to volunteers. She has also served as a grant reviewer and invited presenter for United Way. 

She has been a foster mom for three years and has welcomed 9 children in to her home, some for a few days, some for months, some for years, and one for forever through adoption.