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Her current research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of obesity, untangling the relationship between marriage and health, and the effect of social policies on the fertility and health of mothers and children.
Averett is also the co-author, with Saul D. Hoffman of the textbook Women and the Economy: Family Work and Pay which is in its third edition.
Her research has been reported in various newspapers including the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal and her research into adolescent health and risky behavior garnered an appearance on The Today Show.
Averett has been the recipient of numerous awards to recognize her excellence in teaching and mentoring. She serves as the college’s Faculty Representative to the NCAA and as a faculty mentor to the football team. She also serves on the board of trustees for Easton Hospital.
A 1986 graduate of Colorado State where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Averett went on to earn her Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado in 1991. She is the mother of two daughters, the eldest who graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 and the youngest who is a senior at Easton Area High School.