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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
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985

Course Taught

  • Family Resource Management
  • Consumer Economics
  • Independent Living for Special Populations
  • People, Money, and Psychology
  • Personal Adjustment
  • Intro to Psych Experimentation
  • Case Management

Academic Interests

  • Behavioral economics
  • Credit card use among college students
  • Household division of labor
  • Financial management strategies and economic well-being

Scholarly Activity

  • Lauren Leach-Steffens, Ph.D. Carla Edwards, Ph.D. Amy Bucher, Ph.D,. Alyx Stumpf. "The More Things Change: An Exploration of Money and Power in Marital Relationships." Presented at American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 8-10. 2015.
  • Leach-Steffens, L. (2013) A glimpse of a generation: Debt load and quality of life assessments from alumni of a midwestern university. Presented at Canadian Symposium for Home Economics XII; proceedings in process.
  • Leach-Steffens, L. (2009).  Salaries and benefits among child and family studies graduates at a Midwestern research university.  In Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research (Ed.), American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences –Colleges, Universities, and Research Proceedings 2009, Knoxville TN.
  • Allen, M.W., Edwards, R., Hayhoe, C.R., and Leach, L.J. (2007).  Imagined interactions, family money management patterns and coalitions, and attitudes toward money and credit.  Journal of Family and Economic Issues, DOI 10.1007/s10834-006-9048-1 (Electronic copy available at SpringerLink, [January 21, 2007].
  • Hayhoe, C. R., Leach, L., Allen, M. W., & Edwards, R. (2005) Credit cards held by college students.  Financial Counseling and Planning, 16(1), 1-10.

Student Group Advisement

  • Moulage Club

Other Professional Experiences

  • Emergency and Disaster Management faculty
  • Moulage Coordinator – Missouri Hope
  • Member of Campus C-CERT