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Axton Betz-Hamilton

Assistant Professor

Dr. Betz-Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Studies.  Her current research is focused on the topics of child identity theft and financial abuse within families.  Her research, which is currently funded by the USDA, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and Kappa Omicron Nu, has received recognition from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Iowa State University Alumni Association, and the Iowa Association  of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Her professional expertise on and personal experiences with child identity theft have been shared with approximately 500 media outlets, including Good Morning America, CBS News, Fox Business News, The Hallmark Channel, and MSNBC.

She is the current Vice President of the Housing Education and Research Association.  Additionally, she serves as the President of the Illinois Consumer Education Association and President of the Illinois Council on Family Relations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Justice
  • Family
  • Financial Literacy


Ph.D., 2012, Iowa State University (Human Development and Family Studies)
M.S., 2007, Purdue University (Consumer Sciences and Retailing)

Research Interests

Child identity theft
Financial abuse within families

Contact Information

Phone: 309-338-9889