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​​DENVER - The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) today announced that Barbara O'Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, CRPC, AFC, CHC, CFEd is the new Journal of Financial Planning Academic Editor, beginning a two-year term Jan. 1, 2016. She succeeds John Grable, Ph.D., CFP®, of the University of Georgia, who concluded his term Dec. 31, 2015.


Dr. O'Neill holds the rank of Distinguished Professor at the Rutgers University​ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and is Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management. A prolific writer, she has written over 1,700 consumer newspaper articles and more than 150 articles for academic journals and other professional publications. According to an analysis published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Financial Planning, Dr. O'Neill has been among the most prolific authors in the core financial planning journals from 1984 to 2014.


Dr. O'Neill has held various leadership roles in state and national professional associations and served as president of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) in 2003. She is the author of two books – Saving on a Shoestring and Investing on a Shoestring – and co-author of Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women and Small Steps to Health and Wealth. She received her Ph.D. in family financial management in 1995 from Virginia Tech and holds a master's degree in consumer economics from Cornell University.


"We are delighted to add someone of Barbara's caliber to the Journal of Financial Planning editorial team and know her contributions will be impactful as we continue to build the reputation of the Journal as the premier publication for the financial planning profession," said 2016 FPA President Pamela Sandy, CFP®. "We also want to recognize the outstanding work of John Grable who served as Academic Editor for the past three years. The Journal is better today because of his contributions."


Dr. O'Neill will work directly with the Journal editorial team, reviewing and evaluating all viable research manuscripts submitted to the Journal and will represent the Journal at the FPA Annual Conference.



About the Financial Planning Association

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About the Journal of Financial Planning

First published in 1979, the mission of the Journal of Financial Planning is to expand the body of knowledge of the financial planning profession. With monthly feature articles, interviews, columns, and peer-reviewed technical contributions, the Journal's content is dynamic, innovative, thought-provoking, and directly beneficial to financial planners in their work. Learn more here.​