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Kathleen Sindell, PhD

Kathleen Sindell, PhD

Program Director, Finance and Economics and Certified Financial Planning Program


Kathleen Sindell, PhD, is the program director of the finance, economics, and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) programs at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) School of Business. Sindell writes and teaches to improve financial literacy and is the author of "Investing Online for Dummies, Eds. 1-5" (listed for two consecutive years on the Wall Street Journal's Bestselling Business Book List), "Managing Your Money Online for Dummies," “The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home Online," and 10 other business and finance reference books.

Sindell was previously the associate director of the finance and real estate programs at UMGC from 1989 to 1993. She is a recognized financial planning authority regularly selected as a financial expert on ABC World News, The Nightly Business Report, Investment News, and other popular online and print outlets. In addition, she is a member of the Journal of Financial Planning editorial advisory board and helps provide editorial content direction for professional financial planners. Sindell was a practitioner faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business for more than 16 years, where she created graduate courses and taught corporate finance, personal investment management, personal wealth management, and e-commerce.