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Dr. Brad Childs


Dr. Brad Childs

Associate Professor of Accounting

E-mail: Dr. Brad Childs



  • Ph.D.  -  Purdue University,  West Lafayette, IN,  Accounting
  • J.D.  -  Suffolk University,  Boston, MA,  Law
  • B.S.B.A.  -  Indiana University,  Fort Wayne, IN,  Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Financial Planner



  • Associate Professor of Accounting, Belmont University
  • Assistant Professor of Accounting, Suffolk University
  • Research/Teaching Assistant, Purdue University 
  • Staff Accountant, Crowe Chizek
  • Executive Officer, US Army



  • Childs, B. D., Gonas, J. S. , & Thornton, J. P. (2008).  Are Donor Advised Funds Always the Best Economic Choice? Journal of Financial Planning, 21 (6), 56-66.
  • Dillard-Eggers, J., Wooten, T., Childs, B., & Coker, J. (2008).  Evidence on Effectiveness of On-Line Homework. College Teaching Methods & Styles Journal .
  • Childs, B. D. (2007).  Roth IRAs are the Key to Unlocking the Benefits of Roth 401(k) Accounts. Tennessee CPA, 52 (2), 18-19.
  • Childs, B. D. (2005).  Comparative Analysis of States' Restitution Plans for the Household Predatory Lending Settlement. Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, 39-44.
  • Childs, B. D. (2005).  Multiple Characterizations as a Key to Effective Tax Research. Tennessee CPA, 26-27.
  • Childs, B. D. & Young, M. (2004).  Dividend Tax Cut Traps. Tennessee CPA, 6-8.
  • Childs, B. D. (2003).  Implications of Benchmark State and Local Tax Rates for Measures of Estimated Implicit Taxes. Advances in Taxation, 15, 29-42.



  • Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award, Belmont University Jack C. Massey College of Business (2004)
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers (2003)
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Suffolk University Beta Alpha Psi (2001)



Dr. Childs is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University.  He has been the main instructor in Belmont’s CFP program since its inception in 2002.  A licensed attorney in Tennessee, a CPA and a CFP certificate, he earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University (Indiana) and his J.D. at Suffolk University (Massachusetts).

He served as an officer in the U.S.  Army before entering the field of accounting. He began his accounting career at Crowe Chizek prior to earning his Ph.D.

His service to Belmont University has included the establishment of a Belmont University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals, and overseeing the administration of library budgets for the College of Business Administration as well as membership on various internal committees.

He has authored articles in professional publications that include Advances in Taxation, the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, and the Tennessee CPA Journal.

Dr. Childs received the College of Business Administration’s Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award in 2004.