Megan Ford

Clinical Assistant Professor & ASPIRE Director


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics University of Georgia 2022
M.S. Family Studies and Human Services, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy Kansas State University 2010
B.S. Psychology University of South Dakota 2008


  • interdisciplinary training & experiential learning
  • financial therapy
  • couples and money conflict


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Financial Therapy Association President-Elect 2015 National
Financial Therapy Association President 2016 & 2017 National
Financial Therapy Association Regulatory Committee, Chair 2017-2019 National

Areas of Expertise

interdisciplinary training; clinic development; marriage and family therapy; financial therapy; financial planning



Grable, J., Kruger, M., & Ford, M. R. (2022). The Fundamentals of Writing a Financial Plan (2nd ed). Erlanger, KY: The National Underwriter Company.

Grable, J., Kruger, M., & Ford, M. R. (2019). The Fundamentals of Writing a Financial Plan. Erlanger, KY: The National Underwriter Company.

Book Chapters

Osteen, S., Ford, M. R., & Wilson, J. (2019). The Practice of Financial Counseling, Textbook Chapter in Financial Counseling by Durband, D. B., Law, R. H., Mazzolini, A. K. (Eds.).

Ford, M. R. (2014). Ford Financial Empowerment Model, Textbook Chapter in Financial Therapy: Theory, Research, & Practice by Klontz, B., Britt, S., & Archuleta, K. (Eds.).

Journal Articles

Archuleta, K. L., Asebedo, S. D., Durband, D. B., Fife, S. T., Ford, M. R., Gray, B. T., Lawson, D. R., Lurtz, M. R., McCoy, M. A., Pickens, J. C., & Sheridan, J. (2021). Facilitating virtual client meetings for money conversations: A multidisciplinary perspective on skills and strategies for financial planners. (Equal authorship contribution in alphabetical order.) Journal of Financial Planning, 34(4), 82–101.

Grable, J. E., Hubble, A., Kruger, M., Byram, J. L., Ford, M., & Clement, G. O. (2020). Risk tolerance: Beware when clients are in a bad mood. Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 74(1), 46-55.

Grable, J. E., Archuleta, K. A., Ford, M. R., Kruger, M., Gale, J., & Goetz, J. (2019). The moderating effect of generalized anxiety and financial knowledge on financial management behavior. Contemporary Family Therapy, 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09520-x

Ford, M. R., Ellis, E. M., Goetz, J., Archuleta, K. A., Gale, J. E., Grossman, B., Grant, E., & Gonyea, J. (2019).  Depression and financial distress in a clinical population: The value of interdisciplinary services and training. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42(1), 5-14. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09514-9

Ford, M. R., Ross, D. B., Grable, J. E., & DeGraff, A. (2019). Examining the role of financial therapy on relationship outcomes and help-seeking behavior. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42(1), 55-67. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09511-y

Ford, M. R., Grable, J. E., Kruger, M., & DeGraff, A. N. (2017). Physiological arousal during couple financial discussions as a precursor to seeking financial planning help. Journal of Financial Therapy8(1), 1-20.

Archuleta, K. A., Burr, E. A., Carlson, M. B., Ingram, J., Kruger, L. I., Grable, J. E., Ford, M. R. (2015). Solution Focused Financial Therapy: A brief report of a pilot study. Journal of Financial Therapy, 6(1), 1-16.

McCoy, M. A., Gale, J., Ford, M. R., & McCoy, R. (2013). A therapist’s perspective of a financial planning course: Implications for financial therapy education and trainings. Journal of Financial Therapy, 4(1), 21-38.

Ford, M. R., Baptist, J. A., & Archuleta, K. L. (2011). A theoretical approach to financial therapy: The development of the Ford Financial Empowerment Model. Journal of Financial Therapy, 2(2), 20-40.

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