Martin Seay, Ph.D., CFP®
Associate Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS



Dr. Martin Seay, Ph.D., CFP® currently serves on the board of directors for the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the largest membership organization for CFP® professionals in the country, and includes many others who support the financial planning process.


Dr. Seay is an Associate Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University where he teaches in the CFP Board registered undergraduate and Ph.D. programs. His research focuses on borrowing decisions, how psychological characteristics shape financial behavior, and methodology in financial planning research. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Services Professionals, and Journal of Financial Therapy.


His research has been recognized with the 2014 FPA Annual Conference Best Applied Research Paper Award, the 2016 CFP Board's ACCI Financial Planning Award, and the 2016 Montgomery-Warschauer Award, which is awarded by the Journal of Financial Planning for the paper that provided the most outstanding contribution to the betterment of the profession in the previous year. Additionally, he was awarded the Kenneth Tremblay Early Career Housing Award from the Housing Education and Research Association in 2016.


Dr. Seay received his Ph.D. in Housing and Consumer Economics with an emphasis in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Georgia and is a director for the Academy of Financial Services. He also currently serves on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Financial Therapy.