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Accounting Research

  • Elizabeth Dreike Almer, Ph.D., Professor, Retzlaff Director of Accounting
    Dr. Almer's primary research interests relate to workplace issues affecting public accounting firms including work-life balance, auditor ethics, and cross-cultural and diversity issues. Her research has been published in Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of Accountancy and numerous other journals. Dr. Almer is also a member of the AICPA Work/Life and Women's Initiatives Executive Committee.
  • Darrell Brown, Ph.D., Professor, Accounting Alumni Faculty Fellow, Les Fahey/KPMG Accounting Faculty Fellow
    Dr. Brown's current research interests include measurement issues related to organizational impacts on social and natural systems. In particular, he studies corporate social and environmental reporting, the relationship business reporting and business transparency, and the relationship between social and environmental reporting and firm performance. He serves on the editorial boards of Issues in Accounting Education, the Journal of Information Systems and the International Journal of Information Systems.
  • Bill Kenny, J.D., Professor Emeritus
    Dr. Kenny, Taxation, has a B.A. from University of Washington, a J.D. from Gonzaga University, and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Professor Kenny is a Certified Public Accountant (WA) and an attorney and serves as director of the Master of Taxation Program at PSU. Professor Kenny teaches courses in taxation, law, and business environment. Prior to PSU he engaged in professional law practice.
  • Joleen Kremin, Ph.D., CPA, Assistant Professor
    Dr. Kremin, CPA (Utah), has a B.S. and MAcc from Southern Utah University and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Her primary research interests include judgement decision theory, auditor perceptions, cognitive biases and their impact on objective audit reports as well as competing environmental pressures on auditor cognition.
    Prior to obtaining her Ph.D, Joleen worked with mostly non-profit and SEC clients in the audit practice of Tanner LC in Salt Lake City, Utah as an audit senior.
  • Donna Philbrick, Ph.D., Professor
    Dr. Philbrick, CPA (California, inactive), has a B.S. from the University of Oregon and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Philbrick teaches courses in financial accounting and financial statement analysis at the graduate level. Prior to joining the PSU faculty, she taught at the University of Oregon and Duke University. Her primary research interests are in the areas of financial analyst's forecasts and securities litigation. Her articles have appeared in such journals as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics and Contemporary Accounting Research.
  • Kathleen Rupley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Accounting Area Director
    Dr. Rupley, CPA (Oregon), has a B.S. from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Her primary research interests include corporate governance, internal controls, and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Rupleys’ research in these areas has been published in such journals as Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and Research in Accounting Regulation. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D, Kathleen worked in the audit practice of KPMG LLP in Portland, Oregon as an audit manager.
  • Kristi Yuthas, Ph.D., Professor, Swigert Endowed Information Systems Management Chair
    Dr. Yuthas received her B.S. in Finance and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Utah. Dr. Her research focuses on measuring, improving, and scaling the social and environmental impact of corporations and nonprofits. She also works on education and policy initiatives to promote the success of microenterprises in developing countries. Dr. Yuthas' research in these areas has been published in a variety of journals, including Stanford Social Innovation Review, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.