Inga Timmerman, an associate professor and the director of the personal financial planning program at California State University—Northridge, has been named academic editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, the Financial Planning Association announced.

Timmerman will join the Journal’s advisory team and will evaluate research manuscripts to determine if the manuscripts should proceed to the Journal’s double-blind peer review process, the FPA said. She also will provide guidance on publishing the best research.

Timmerman joined the faculty at California State University—Northridge in 2015 and is the Dr. Mary Jean Scheuer Professor of Finance. She has a Ph.D. in finance from Florida Atlantic University and is a CFP. Her research is mostly concentrated around corporate finance and financial planning. Timmerman's current projects explore the use and perceptions individuals have about the financial planning profession and the drivers that motivate people to save. She is also founder of Attainable Wealth, a virtual financial planning firm, and author of "Mastering Money—A Simple Guide to Achieving Financial Success."

“As an applied academic, I see the Journal as a place where research by one is translated into changes by many,” Timmerman said in a statement. “I hope we will continue to cultivate readability and excitement around academic financial planning topics in the year ahead.”

“Dr. Timmerman’s experience as an academic and a practitioner gives her particular insight into the specific needs of financial planners,” Danielle Andrus, editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, said in a statement.

Timmerman succeeds Stuart Heckman, who served as academic editor since Jan. 1, 2020.