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Institute of Personal Financial Planning

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Kansas State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience and examination requirements.

Institute of Personal Financial Planning
Kansas State University
307 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5505 fax

Martin Seay

Martin Seay

Associate Professor

Contact Information

318 Justin Hall

Courses I Teach

  • PFP 462 Personal Investment Concepts I (undergraduate)
  • PFP 464 Estate Planning (undergraduate)
  • PFP 808 Research Application in PFP (graduate)
  • FSHS 906 Statistical Methods II (doctoral)


  • Ph.D. in Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia (2012)
  • B.S.F.C.S. in Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia (2007)

Short Biography

Martin Seay, Ph.D., CFP® is an Assistant Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University where he teaches in the CFP Board registered undergraduate and Ph.D. programs. He received his Ph.D. in Housing and Consumer Economics with an emphasis in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Seay's 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 among others.

His research has been recognized by the 2014 FPA BE Best Applied Research Paper Award, the 2016 CFP Board of Standards’ 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 currently serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Financial Therapy, as a director for the Academy of Financial Services, and as a member of the board of directors for the Financial Planning Association.

Vita (pdf)