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Oklahoma State University

Kate Mielitz

Kate Mielitz

227 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-6052


Dr. Katherine (Kate) S. Mielitz is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) with over 18 years’ combined experience in Collections, Bankruptcy, Fraud, and Financial Counseling and Education. Dr. Mielitz has provided financial counseling and education to members of our Armed Forces and their families, recovering substance abusers, men transitioning into work-release from prison, families experiencing homelessness, and credit union members of a medium-sized state credit union. From her research, she developed and wrote financial education curriculum for the Georgia Transitional Centers. Dr. Mielitz has published primary data research in respected journals and has presented her research at annual conferences for the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI), the American Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA).


Degree                    Institution                                           Area of Study
Ph.D. Kansas State University Personal Financial Planning 
M.A. University of Wyoming Communications (Interpersonal)
B.A. University of Wyoming Broadcasting


Mielitz, K. S., Lurtz, M., Clady, J., & Archuleta, K. (2018) After Release: A Qualitative Investigation into the Financial Lives of Former Offenders. Corrections, 3(1), 56-71. DOI: 10.1080/23774657.2017.1383215*

Mielitz, K. S., MacDonald, M., & Lurtz, M. (2019). Financial Literacy Education in a Work-Release Program: Investigating Knowledge Gains. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 29(2).*

Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Family Financial Planning (Fall 2018)
Family Resource Management (Fall 2018)

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Dr. Meilitz was also featured in video created by the Financial Industry Regulartory Athority called "Holiday Spending Tips for Military Families".