Claudia Heath
Emeritus Professor

Professional Profile

Dr. Claudia J. Heath is well established as a researcher specializing in issues related to the economic well-being of families, individuals, and, specifically, women. Her educational background in economics, combined with a focus on women and families, supports her interest in labor force participation of women, low-income and poor families, welfare and poverty issues, and public policy issues of women and families. Dr. Heath's recent scholarly activities focus on economic self-sufficiency and the economic effects of marriage on well-being.

Dr. Heath holds the rank of Professor. On the UK campus, her invited faculty-based academic affiliations include: Faculty Affiliate, UK Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR); Faculty Associate, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR); and Faculty Affiliate, Gender and Women's Studies Program (GWS). She also serves on the President's Commission on Women and has recently completed her second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the UK Athletic Board.

In addition to previous service as editor of the Journal of Consumer Affairs, a scholarly refereed journal, she serves as manuscript reviewer for several association conferences and journals. Dr. Heath has a history of leadership and service through election to regional and national offices, recognitions, and awards. Among these are President, Missouri Valley Economic Association (MVEA); Vice-President of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS); President of the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI); recipient of the 1997 Leader Award from AAFCS; and 2001-2002 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Course Instruction

FAM 251: Personal and Family Finance
FAM 350: Consumer Issues
FAM 390: Introduction to Research Methods in Family Sciences


Family Economic Well-Being
Research Methodology
Statistical Model Building


Ph.D., Economics, Iowa State University, 1981
M.S., Family Economics, University of Missouri, 1976
B.S., Vocational Home Economics Education, University of Oklahoma, 1971