Carletta Taylor Sims

Public Affairs Ph.D. 2015

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IU Bloomington


  • PhD in Public Affairs, Indiana University, June 2015
  • MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, August 1998
  • AB in Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, May 1994


  • Nearly 10 years of experience in social service management
  • Served as chief clinical officer in a residential treatment center, which provided services for more than 100 children/youth and their families
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers membership for more than 10 years

Research Interests

Social welfare policy for children, youth and families; financial capability and financial education; political economy (social, economic and political systems); leadership; goal setting and life choices; socioeconomic class structures and related issues (race, wealth/wage/housing and inequality, family structure, social mobility, education, health and nutrition, religion and information access)


"Financial and Social Program Savvy Amongst Earned Income Tax Credit Eligible Households:  The Influence and Importance of Social Program Participation, Financial Capability and Taxation in Household Wealth-Building Behaviors"

Committee: Maureen Pirog (chair), Haeil Jung, Ruby Mendenhall, David Reingold, and Justin Ross