Stephen Poplaski

Associate Professor,  College of Business

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Stephen Poplaski
JWU offers students a way to bring the academic world to the real world, so that when they leave, they can apply what they’ve learned immediately.”


Stephen C. Poplaski, Ph.D., CPA, CFP®, is an assistant professor and program coordinator for the Certified Financial Planner Practitioner (CFP®) Certification Professional Education Program at Johnson & Wales University.

In private practice, he is the managing member of a fee-only, independent registered investment advisory firm representing high net worth individuals and families. His academic research is focused on financial decision-making (intergenerational family transfers and the charitable behavior of Christians).

He serves on the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors’ national education committee and the university subcommittee working towards improving collaboration between academic researchers and practitioners.

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), 1985-present
  • Financial Planning Association, 2017-present
  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), 2012-present 


  • RI Board of Accountancy: Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA): Personal Financial Specialist (PFS)
  • Certified Financial Planning Board: Certified Financial Planner Practitioner (CFP®)