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Axton Betz-Hamilton

Assistant Professor

Axton Betz-Hamilton, Ph.D., AFC, CPFFE, 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 numerous national media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, TIME Money, Good Morning America, CBS News, CNBC, Fox Business News, and The Hallmark Channel.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Justice
  • Family
  • Financial Literacy
  • Money Management
  • Psychology

child identity theft, financial abuse within families, elder financial exploitation, psychopathy


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
Psychopathy and it's potential role in the perpetration of financial crimes

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Phone: 309-338-9889

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