Mar 11, 2022

NGPF Podcast: Dr. Nicole Huff on the relationship between financial and mental health

This week on the NGPF Podcast, Yanely is joined by Dr. Nichole Huff, the Assistant Extension Professor of Family Finance and Resource Management at the University of Kentucky. You will hear about Dr. Huff's numerous initiatives including the Moneywise program which promotes personal and family financial literacy in communities across the state. You will also learn more about how her background in Marriage and Family Therapy and in Family Sciences informs her work given the overlap between financial and mental health. Enjoy! 


  • 0:00~1:09 Introduction
  • 1:09~10:50 Dr. Huff’s background and current work at the University of Kentucky
  • 10:50~17:17 Increasing financial literacy during tough financial times
  • 17:17~23:22 Using the right language when speaking about money
  • 23:22~32:23 Overlap of financial health and mental health 
  • 32:23~32:51 A word from NGPF
  • 32:51~39:44 Importance of culturally relevant education
  • 39:44~40:45 Conclusion



  • “Let’s continue to broaden our horizons, let’s continue to challenge our biases, so that we can pave the way for the next generation of kids who can do, be, and know so much more than even me or you do.”


What's the psychology behind the money decisions we make? Check out the NGPF Behavioral Economics unit

About the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

Ren Makino

Ren started interning at NGPF in 2014, and worked part-time through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, he joined the team to work full-time after graduating from college in 2020. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.

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