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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Lauren Leach-Steffens

Dr. Lauren Leach-Steffens



2400 Colden Hall


660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1998

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Family and Consumer Economics; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993

Course Taught

  • Resource Management
  • Family Resource Management
  • Consumer Economics
  • Personal Finance
  • Independent Living for Special Populations
  • Individual and Family Wellness
  • Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • People, Money, and Psychology
  • Personal Adjustment
  • Intro to Psych Experimentation
  • Case Management

Academic Interests

  • Credit card use among college students
  • Spouses' time spent in housework
  • Relationship between financial management policies and economic well-being

Other Professional Experiences


  • Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Educators
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (Family Consumer Sciences National Honor Society)


  • Family Life Educator (CFLE), National Council on Family Relations
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS) credential, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences


  • She lives in Maryville with her husband, Richard, and four quirky cats.