Sharon Burns serves as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing at Purdue University. She is an expert in the financial issues of eldercare and retirement planning.
Burns received her Ph.D in Consumer and Family Economics from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in Consumer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Financial Management from Purdue. She became a licensed CPA in 1993.
Dr. Burns has served as principal investigator on three financial education projects, funded for a total of over $1.5 million dollars, during the past three years. In addition, she has authored several published manuscripts and is co-author of a trade book, How to Care for Your Parents’ Money While Caring for Your Parents.
Dr. Burns holds seats on numerous national boards and committees focusing on improving the financial literacy and decisionmaking of Americans. She has served on meeting facilitation teams for the U.S. Government Accounting Office, National Endowment for Financial Education and Credit Union National Association. In addition she participated in panel discussions concerning financial literacy initiatives hosted by the U.S. Treasury and U.S. General Accounting Office.