Katie FitzpatrickAssociate Professor of Consumer Science

My research is at the intersection of consumer policy, food policy, and health policy. It is motivated by an interest in understanding and improving policies that can improve economic well-being and advance opportunity. I study mainstream and alternative financial services (AFS, i.e., payday lenders, pawn lenders, check cashers, and more); the determinants of food insecurity and the use of food assistance; and the benefits of health insurance coverage.

Selected Publications

Dickert-Conlin, S., Fitzpatrick, K., Stacy, B., & Tiehen, L. (2021). The Downs and Ups of the SNAP Caseload: What Matters? Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 43(3), 1026-1050.

Fitzpatrick, A., & Fitzpatrick, K. (2021). Health Insurance Transitions and Use of Fringe Banks: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act. 2020. Contemporary Economic Policy39(3), 557-572.

Fitzpatrick, K., Greenhalgh-Stanley, N., & Ver Ploeg, M. (2019). Food Deserts and Diet-Related Health Outcomes of the Elderly. Food Policy, 87(August 2019), 101747.

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  • Consumer Science

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Consumer Behavior & Family Economics


  • PhD, Economics, Syracuse University
  • MPP, Georgetown University
  • BA, Public Policy, Stanford University


Office: 4228 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Phone: 608-262-2831