Stephen Poplaski

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2012

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About Stephen

Stephen C Poplaski, PhD, CPA, CFP®, is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the CFP® Certification Professional Education Program at Johnson & Wales University.

He teaches finance and accounting courses in the MBA, MS Finance, and DBA graduate programs.

In private practice, he is the managing member of an independent registered investment advisory firm providing individual wealth management, business consulting, and income tax services representing high net worth individuals, their families, and business entities.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Academy of Financial Services, the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and serves as a peer reviewer of scholarly articles for the Journal of Financial Planning.


  • Ph.D., Kansas State University
  • M.S., Bentley University
  • MBA, University of New Haven
  • B.S., Johnson & Wales University

JWU offers students a way to bring academics to the real world so that when they leave they can apply what they have learned immediately.

When not working with students at JWU, I am the managing member of a business consulting and financial planning firm. There I work with families and companies on some of the same subjects we discuss in our courses.


  • FISV 5720: Financial Reporting & Control
  • ACCT 6020: Individual Income Taxes
  • FISV 6430: Applied Behavioral Finance
  • FISV 6056: Fundamentals of Investments
  • FISV 7005: Contemporary Issues in Finance and Accounting

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Academy of Financial Services
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
Financial Planning Association

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®)


  • Poplaski, S., Kemnitz, R., & Robb, C. A. (2019). Investing in Education: Impact of Student Financial Stress on Self-Reported Health. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 48(2), 3.