Somalis ChyGraduate Studentshe/her/hers

My research interest is in the dynamic of families’ financial and economic decision-making processes, and related issues such as the financial and socio-psychological distress of the “Sandwich Generation.” My goal is to improve individual and family well-being through evidence-based policies in the workplace and/or local government.

I am currently interested in studies of adult children and dependent aging parents in developing countries and on the impact of caregiving stress on family caregivers’ employment and health. I believe that in studying problems in aging populations, researchers should consider both the cultural and economic development aspects, since a person’s socio-psychological and economic perspectives are heavily influenced not only by individual factors but also by family and society, and the accessibility of resources therein.

My personal and academic background has exposed me to the cultures, traditions, and socioeconomic differences of my associates. The opportunities to connect with individuals of differing cultures and socioeconomic statuses allowed me glimpses of the differences in family and individual decision-making processes across persons of the same culture or country, ultimately driving me to pursue the field of consumer science and family economics. This experience showed me how individuals’ relationships with their families may have shaped their perspectives about the market and the subsequent economic and financial decision-making.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Robb, C., & Chy, S. (2023). Undergraduate financial knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors: The impact of financial life skills course on college students. Financial Planning Review, 6(1), e1155.

Chy, S. (2023). Emerging Adulthood: Impacts of Adult Care on Education, Work, and Well-Being. Emerging Adulthood, 11(5), 1106-1118.

Professional photo of Somalis Chy in front of 100 Women Wall.


  • Consumer Science

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Consumer Behavior & Family Economics


  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Economics of Globalisation and European Integration, University of Lille (France), University of Antwerp (Belgium), and Prague University of Economics and Business (Czech Republic)
  • BA, Economics, Pannasastra University of Cambodia




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