Meet the Researchers
The lead researcher for the Family Inheritance Project is Marlene S. Stum, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Family Social Science. Professor Stum's research and teaching through the Minnesota Extension focuses on understanding economic well-being issues facing later-life families. Her expertise includes more than thirty years of teaching in higher education, primarily in family economics and social gerontology. Marlene's background includes a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Social Gerontology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.S. in Family Economics from Kansas State University.
Marlene has developed numerous proven and nationally used educational resources to help people make more informed decisions about financing long term care, financial security in later life, and end-of-life issues. To learn more visit Marlene's faculty profile page.
George is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. His research focus includes issues related to families and aging, with particular interest in families providing care for a member with a dementia causing illness."
Melanie is a doctoral student in the Department of Family Social Science, specializing in Couple and Family Therapy. Melanie's research interest is in family gerontology. She is working on projects around issues in families and aging including family inheritance decisions, dementia caregiving, and health decision making among older rural women.