Carolyn B.

Associate Professor

Dr. Carolyn Bird is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University and Family Resource Management Specialist for North Carolina Cooperative Extension.  Her Extension and research efforts focus on family decision-making with the goal of improving families’ capability to make decisions that support and advances their health and economic well-being.   Dr. Bird’s career placed her in close relationship with military families, families living in rural contexts, and families from other countries – most specifically Japan and Turkey.   She recognizes that not all families have the same level of access to resources, thus several of her projects seek to educate families about resources and/or facilitate access through enrollment support.  One such program is More In My Basket, a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Outreach program that educates consumers, dispels myths, and provides enrollment assistance.    Her endeavors to improve financial decision-making includes serving as the past Principal Investigator for the Professional Development for Personal Financial Management Program Managers project; a program designed to develop and deliver personal finance professional development opportunities for the military’s Personal Financial Management Program Managers.  She supports and serves rural families through her role as state Principal Investigator on Rural Families Speak About Health, a national longitudinal research project and conducts applied research with a focus on the community and family interconnections.   Dr. Bird is actively involved in many national and state initiatives.  She serves on the Executive Board of eXtension’s Financial Security for All (FSA) Community of Practice as Chair of Professional Development.  Dr. Bird’s credentials include Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) and Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.  

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