The Department of Consumer Science is an applied interdisciplinary social science department where the focus is to work on research that helps consumers make better decisions overall. In that process, we investigate cutting edge research questions from areas as varied as: health disparities amongst underserved and minority populations; survivability in chronic and other forms of disease; consumer attitudes and behaviors and their impact on decision making, the role of nonverbal communication, labor market issues, labor-health connection, retailing questions, financial literacy, stock market investment decisions, micro lending challenges; and other topics.
Faculty and students in the Health Disparities Reserach Lab work to adress health disparities in Indiana, the United Staes and throughout the world. Dr. Lalatendu Acharya, Dr. Andrea DeMaria and Dr. Stewart Chang Alexander are award winning researchers in health.
Our faculty members have doctorates from some of the finest institutions in the country and are qualified to conduct research and teach at the highest levels. Our labs and centers within the Department of Consumer Science include Dr. Sandra Liu's Center for Global Urban Sustainability, as well.