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Family and Consumer Sciences Educator

Carroll County 700 Agriculture Center Westminster, Maryland 21157

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator

Home office

Baltimore County 1114 Shawan Road Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator

Baltimore City 6615 Reisterstown Road Suite 201 Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Family and Consumer Sciences Educator

Harford County 3525 Conowingo Road Suite 600 Street, Maryland 21154


  • B.S. - Biology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
  • M.S. - Nutrition & Food Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Ph.D.- Biology with a concentration in Human Nutrition, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Shauna works in the Northern Maryland Cluster (Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County, and Baltimore City), delivering programs that center on nutrition, food safety, and physical activity.  Dr. Henley has been involved with teaching food preservation workshops throughout the state, as part of the "Grow It, Eat It" series. 


  • Henley, S.C. (2019). University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Off-Campus Junior Faculty Excellence Award.
  • Contributor to the UME Carroll County Extracts of Thymes Newsletter
  • Contributor to the UME Eat Smart Blog 
  • UMD ADVANCE class of 2016
  • Member of the Board of Directors, for the Partnership for Food Safety Education 
  • Leader of the Food Safety Action Team

RESEARCH INTERESTS Dr. Henley's current work, focuses on nutrition and food safety education for community members. Her more current teaching activities involve GAP, FSMA grower training, food entrepreneurship with Food for Profit, as well as bridging consumer knowledge and behavior gaps with produce safety.  Dr. Henley's previous work focused on interdisciplinary research to identify a unique and unsafe poultry mishandling practice among minority racial and ethnic consumers. The unsafe behavior identified to be addressed in a food safety education campaign, "Don't Wash Your Chicken!", receiving national attention on NPR, Nightly News, Slate blog, the TODAY show, ABC's the CHEW, ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, and many other news outlets. Creating the educational materials was in collaboration with New Mexico State University. Shauna's Masters research focused on investigating rural Vermont, and the food environment and cooking practices as an implication for health. This was part of a larger ethnographic study looking at the urban, suburban, and rural food environment.


  • Henley, S. C., and Fu, J. (2019). Developing and testing consumer educational materials at a farmers’ market. Journal of Food Protection Trends, 39(2), 162-175.
  • Henley, S. C., Herceg, M., and O’Grady, A. (2018). Increasing Extension visibility with undergraduate research involvement. Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 4TOT7Available at:  
  • Henley, S. C., Launchi, N., and Quinlan, J. J. (in press). Survival of Salmonella on raw poultry exposed to 10% lemon juice and vinegar washes. Food Control.

  • Wolfson, J. A., Bostic, S., Lahne, J., Morgan, C., Henley, S. C., Harvey, J., and Trubek, A. (2017). A comprehensive approach to understanding cooking behavior: implications for research and practice. British Food Journal119(5). 

  • Henley, S. C., Gleason, J., and Quinlan, J. J. (2016). Don’t Wash Your Chicken!: A food safety education campaign to address a common food mishandling practice. Food Protection Trends36(1), 43-53.  

  • Henley, S. C., McCoy, L. (2016). How to Report a Foodborne Illness in Maryland. Fact Sheet-1034.
  • Henley, S. C., Ridgeway,B., & Serio, T. (2015). Clostridium botulinumFact Sheet-1031
  • Henley, S. C., Stein, S. E., and Quinlan, J. J. (2015). Characterization of raw egg and poultry handling practices among minority consumers: Identification of unique practices. British Food Journal117(12), 3064-3075. 

  • Borrusso, P. A., Henley, S., and Quinlan, J. J. (2015). Visual audit of food safety hazards present in homes in an urban environment. Food Protection Trends35(4), 290-301. 

  • Henley, S. C., Stein, S. E., and Quinlan, J. J. (2012). Identification of unique food handling practices that could represent food safety risks for minority consumers. Journal of Food Protection75(11), 2050-2054. 


  • Martin. D., Fu, J., Baldwin, S., Watson-Hampton, S., and Henley, S. C. (2017). ‘Wash your Produce’ – Determination of the efficacy of a piloted food safety intervention at the farmers’ market. International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting Tampa, Florida.

  • Mackey, L., McCoy, L.,  Song, H. J., Henley, S. C., and Hager, E. (2017). “Maryland charts a collaborative course to school wellness with wellness specialists and champions at the helm. National Health Outreach Conference Annual Meeting. Annapolis, Maryland. 

    Martin. D. & Henley, S. C. (2017). Barriers and motives to consumers’ adherence to washing produce from farmers’ markets. Partnership for Food Safety Education, Consumer Food Safety Education Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

  • O’Grady, A., Herceg, M., & Henley, S. C. (2016). Identifying unique nutrition and cooking skills among northern Maryland residents. International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Henley, S. C., Launchi, N., and Quinlan, J.J. (2015). Survival of Salmonella on raw poultry exposed to 10% lemon juice and vinegar washes.  International Association for Food Protection, Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon. 
  • S. Henley, and J.J. Quinlan. (2014 June) “Don’t Wash Your Chicken!” - Determination of the efficacy of a piloted food safety intervention. The Annual IFT Annual Meeting (June 21-June 24). IFT.
  • Patel, D. and Henley, S. (2014). Theoretical concepts as guiding principle for developing food preservation and safety program for youth. Partnership for Food Safety Education, Consumer Food Safety Education Conference, Arlington, Virginia.
  • Henley, S.C., and Quinlan, J.J. (2013). “Don’t Wash Your Chicken!" - Development of novel food safety education materials to address a common unsafe food handling practice.” American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts. 
  • Henley, S.C. and Quinlan, J.J. (2012). Identifying Food Safety Risks for Minority Racial/Ethnic Consumers. International Association for Food Protection, Providence, Rhode Island. 
  • Henley, S.C., Stein, S.E., and Quinlan, J.J. (2011). Examining safe food handling knowledge and practices among minority consumers. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Food Expo, Washington, District of Columbia. 


  • Lead instructor-Preventive Controls for Human Foods
  • Certified trainer-Produce Safety Alliance
  • Instructor/Proctor-ServSafe
  • Certificate-Good Agricultural Practices
  • Certificate-Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
  • Certificate-Better Processing Control School: Acidified Foods


In Shauna's spare time she enjoys running, cycling, tennis-anything outdoors. She also enjoys learning about new food and cultures, birds and bugs.

Twitter: @FoodSmartUME

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