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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Alena C. Johnson

M.S., Senior Lecturer, A.F.C.

Email: alena.johnson@usu.edu
Location: FL L308B
Office Phone: 797.1562

Research Projects

Couples and Money

  • Alena C. Johnson, M.S.
  • Amanda Horrocks (M.S., 2010)
  • Bonnie Anderson (M.S., 2010)

Money Management

  • Alena C. Johnson, M.S.
  • Jeff Wallace (M.S., 2010)
  • Katrina Nye (M.S., 2008)


MS, Consumer Science, 2001, Utah State University
BS, Family Finance, 1999 Utah State University
AA, General Studies, 1989 Brigham Young University


Accredited Financial Counselor, 1999 AFCPE
Certified Professional Trainer in Solution Focused Financial Couaching, 2005 Fred Waddell

USU Teaching

FCHD 1010 - Balancing Work and Family
FCHD 3350 - Family Finance
FCHD 3350 - Internet Family Finance
FCHD 4460 - Financial Counseling


Co-Director of the Family Life Center's Housing and Financial Counseling Services


Financial First Aid Booklet
The Financial Checkup Booklet
The Step-Down Principle
Financial Remedies Booklet

Research Interests

High School Financial Education
College Students and Debt
Teaching Children about Money
Couples and Money
Money Management Methods

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that financial principles are taught best through application. Students in my classes complete assignments that help them learn about and improve their own personal financial situation. I want students to do well in my classes and leave with confidence that they can effectively manage their own finances and help others do the same if they are seeking a career in financial management.