Donald Bruce Ross III

Assistant Professor
Phone (859) 323-7244

320 Funkhouser Bldg
Lexington KY 40506-0064

Professional Profile

Dr. Bruce Ross serves as an Assistant Professor in the Family Sciences Department for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the School of Human and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Ross completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University earning a double major in Psychology with Research and Philosophy. He continued his education path at the University of Maryland where he earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. He went on to the University of Georgia to earn a PhD in Human Development and Family Science with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and a specialization in financial counseling and financial therapy practices.

Dr. Ross' professional and research interests primarily focus on personal and family financial well-being. Emphasis areas include family process outcomes associated with economic distress, financial management behaviors, and intergenerational patterns of financial socialization. These interests are considered across a multitude of diverse populations and contextual issues. He also has interests in the systemic practice of financial therapy to better serve families from a holistic perspective. Dr. Ross serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Financial Therapy and Family Relations. Currently, Dr. Ross also serves on the Executive Board for the Financial Therapy Association as Treasurer, as well as serves on the Regulatory Committee, the Conference Committee as a Conference Review Chair, and the Business Development Committee as the Chair.

Personally, Dr. Ross grew up originally in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area, and is very excited to be back in his home state. He enjoys the great outdoors and loves to hike, camp, sail, scuba-dive, and ski. He has also recently got into wood-working. His go-to stress relief is always cooking and playing with his dog, Lulu. He is thrilled to be here at the University of Kentucky!

Courses Taught

  • FAM 652: Readings in Family Theory and Research
  • FAM 475: Special Topics: Family Financial Counseling
  • FAM 690: Research Methods in Family Sciences
  • CEF 251: Introduction to Personal and Family Finance


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Georgia
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
B.A., Psychology with Research with a Cognitive Development Concentration, and Philosophy, Vanderbilt University