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Faculty Name


Alena C. Johnson, MS

Principal Lecturer, A.F.C.


  FL 308B

  By Appointment Only


Alena C. Johnson is a lecturer at Utah State University where she teaches hundreds of students each semester how to better manage their money. She has taught over 22,000 students through USU alone. Her Family Finance class was voted by students as the second most popular class on campus. She also teaches webinars and review sessions for the AFCPE, helping many individuals pass their certification exams. She is an accredited financial counselor and very active in AFCPE. In 2014, she was the AFCPE Educator of the Year Award recipient. Alena is also the creator of the Step-Down Principle and author of the Financial Checkup, Financial Remedies, and other publications. She loves teaching individuals, couples, and family’s easy-to-apply financial strategies to help them improve their financial situations. She especially loves spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Research Projects

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Couples and Money

  • Students
  • Amanda Horrocks (MS, 2010)
  • Bonnie Anderson (MS, 2010)

Money Management

  • Students
  • Jeff Wallace (MS, 2010)
  • Katrina Nye (MS, 2008)

Financial Counseling

  • Students


MS in Consumer Science, Utah State University, 2001

BS in Family Finance, Utah State University, 1999

AA in General Studies, Brigham Young University, 1989

Research Interests

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

Course Teachings

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