DENVER (January 15, 2020) – Today, the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) and the Journal of Financial Planning announce Stuart J. Heckman, Ph.D., CFP® as the new academic editor of the award-winning, peer-reviewed Journal of Financial Planning effective Jan. 1, 2020. 

The Journal of Financial Planning is published monthly and focuses on expanding the body of knowledge in the financial planning profession. Launched in 1979, the Journal features thought-provoking articles, interviews, columns and peer-reviewed technical contributions that are directly beneficial to financial planners and their work.

“Stu’s extensive knowledge and experience as an academic in the profession will be invaluable to uphold the high standard of content published by the Journal each month,” says FPA Executive Director/CEO Lauren M. Schadle, CAE. “I’m pleased to welcome Stu as the academic editor of the Journal and look forward to seeing the positive impact he will have on the Journal over the next two years.”

Dr. Heckman, an associate professor and the director of the Personal Financial Planning Ph.D. program at Kansas State University, will serve a two-year term. In his new role, Dr. Heckman will review and evaluate viable research manuscripts to determine if they proceed to the Journal’s double-blind peer review process. He will also provide guidance to the Journal staff with the intent of publishing the best research possible.

Dr. Heckman is passionate about elevating financial planning, research and education. Recipient of FPA’s Best Research Award, he serves on editorial boards of Financial Planning Review and Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. His research has also been featured in numerous publications including Financial Services Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning and more. He stays connected to the profession by working as a financial planner with the fee-only financial planning firm, CGN Advisors, based in Manhattan, KSDr. Heckman follows Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP®, CRPC, AFC, CHC, CFEd, who concluded her term as academic editor on Dec. 31, 2019.

“The Journal of Financial Planning has a critical role to play in providing the financial planning profession with rigorous research that is relevant to practitioners and that ultimately promotes the financial well-being of consumers,” says Heckman. “I am thrilled to be involved with this process and look forward to doing my part to help advance the profession.”


About the Financial Planning Association
The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the principal membership organization for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals, educators, financial services professionals and students who are committed to elevating the profession that transforms lives through the power of financial planning. Through a collaborative effort to provide members with professional education, business support, advocacy and community, FPA advances financial planning practitioners through every phase of their careers, from novice to master to leader of the profession. Learn more about FPA at and follow on Twitter at

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 at