Martin Seay, Ph.D., CFP®
2020 FPA President
Dr. Martin Seay, Ph.D., CFP® currently serves as the president of the board of directors for the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the principal membership organization for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals and those who support the financial planning process.
Dr. Seay is Program Director and Associate Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University, where he oversees and teaches in the CFP Board registered undergraduate, graduate certificate, master's 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 Behavioral Finance, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Financial Services Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Journal of Financial Therapy, among others.
His research has been recognized with the 2014 and 2017 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 and the Richard L. D. Morse Early Career Award from the American Council on Consumer Interests in 2018.
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.