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Dr. Shauna C. Henley

Senior Agent, and Affiliate Agent in the Department of Nutrition & Food Science

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

Affiliate Agent

Nutrition & Food Science College of Agriculture and Natural Resources College Park, MD


  • Food Preservation
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety
  • FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food
  • Value-added enterprises


  • 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. 

Dr. Henley is actively engaged in food safety education along the food supply chain. At the farm level, Dr. Henley is a FSMA Produce Safety Rule instructor, assists with On-Farm Readiness Reviews and co-teaches Good Agricultural Practices. At the production level, Dr. Henley is a Lead Instructor for FSMA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food, and works with an interdisciplinary team to educate food entrepreneurs on Cottage Law, and other regulations related to a food business. In addition to these activities, Shauna is a ServSafe instructor and exam proctor. Her expertise focuses on consumer food-safety education. Shauna’s current research interest is improving safe and consistent food handling behaviors from farmers to consumers, by focusing on cues that drive safe food handling behaviors.


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 Produce Safety Rule, 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.

In the Media


*indicates educator as the corresponding author.

1. Jewell, E., Serio, T., Basinger, K., Dixon Cravens, J., McCoy, L., Habibi, M., & Henley, S. (2022-accepted). Lessons Learned Adapting and Implementing an Out of State Program to Promote Healthy Aging. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension.

2. Patra, D.*, Henley, S.C., Benefo, E., Pradhan, A., & Shirmohammadi, S. (2022-Accepted). Understanding and addressing food waste from confusion in date labeling using a stakeholders’ survey. Journal of Agriculture and Food Research. 

3. Archila-Godínez, J. C., Chen, H., Klinestiver, L., Rosa, L., Barrett, T., Henley, S. C., & Feng, Y. (2022). An Evaluation of a Virtual Food Safety Program for Low-Income Families: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior. Foods11(3), 355.

4. Gilman, A., Henley, S. C., & Quinlan, J. (2021). Understanding barriers to consumers to stop washing raw poultry through in-depth interviews. British Food Journal. Ahead-of-print. 

5. Henley, S., & Traunfeld, J. (2021). Assessing Master Gardener Volunteers’ Involvement in and Knowledge of Food Preservation. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension9(1), 84-93. 

6. 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.

7. Lane, H. G., Deitch, R., Wang, Y., Black, M. M., Dunton, G. F Henley, S. C. (9th) ... & Song, H. J. (total of 12 authors) (2018). “Wellness Champions for Change,” a multi-level intervention to improve school-level implementation of local wellness policies: Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials75, 29-39.

8. Henley, S. C. * and McCoy, T. K. (2018). Intercept Surveys: An overlooked method for data collection. Journal of Extension, 56(7), Article 7TOT1 Available at:

9. Henley, S. C.*, Herceg, M., and O’Grady, A. (2018). Increasing Extension visibility with undergraduate research involvement. Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 4TOT7 Available at:   

10. Henley, S. C., Launchi, N., and Quinlan, J. J. * (2018). Survival of Salmonella on raw poultry exposed to 10% lemon juice and vinegar washes. Food Control, 94, 229-232.

11. 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).

12. 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. 

13. 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.  

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

15. 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. 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-12-146

Extension Publications

  1. Benner, S., & Henley, S.C. (2022-0639). UME Fast-track. Developing confidence in the kitchen: How adults and older siblings can assist youth (2 years and up) with washing, chopping, and measuring. Retrieved from
  2. Lazur, A., Henley, S.C., Jackey, B., and McCoy, L. (2021). COVID and Home Indoor Air Quality. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Extension. (ERB-55). 
  3. Jackey, B., and Henley, S. (2019). How to use and calibrate your food thermometer. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Extension. (FS-1092). Retrieved from
  4. Henley, S., and Moore, P. (2019). How to build a miniature refrigerator for nutrition & food safety demonstrations. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Extension. (FS-1091). Retrieved from
  5. Beale, B., Dill, S. P., Everhart, S., Henley, S. C., Little, N., Myer, G., and Todd, M. (2019). Maryland Beginning Farmer Guidebook. University of Maryland Extension. 80 pages. Guidebook developed for beginning farmer workshops and web based education. Role: Wrote the food safety section. 
  6. Fachler, B., and Henley, S. C. (2018). Food safety for persons with diabetes. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Extension. (EBR-45). Retrieved from
  7. Beaulieu, J., Henley, S. C., Buritsch, H., and Traunfeld, J. (2018). Food Safety in Your School Gardens, Classrooms, and Greenhouses. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Extension. (Fast Sheet-1077). Retrieved from 
  8. Henley, S. C. and McCoy, L. (2016). How to report a foodborne illness in Maryland. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Extension (Fact Sheet-1034). Retrieved from
  9. Henley, S. C., Ridgeway, B., and Serio, T. (2015). Clostridium botulinum. College Park, Maryland: University of Maryland Extension (Fact Sheet-1031). Retrieved from


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

Grant Funding


  1. Henley, S.C., Crist, G., Lane, E. (Co-PD), and Jessup, D. (Co-PD). (2023). Supporting NEAFCS Annual Session of Exploring Oceans of Opportunities. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-FAS. Total award $50,000 conference grant. Role: Key personnel and co-wrote grant.  
  2. Schwan, C., Savoie, K., Liu, C., Tikekar, R.V., & Henley, S.C. (PD). (2023-2024). An Exploratory Study to Identify the Need and Interest in Consumer Home-Canning of Seafood, and Provide Preliminary Results Towards Validating a Novel Consumer Canning of LowAcid  Seafood Recipe. NEAFCS Endowment Grant. Total award $4,000. Role: PD
  3. Chan, A. (Co-PI), Patel, D. (Co-PI), Habibi, M., Sorenson, C., Jackey, B., Ketterman, J., Henley, S., Terhune, C. (2022). Caregiver outreach and education for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Maryland Department of Health. 
  4. Henley, S. (PI), Ferelli, A. (Co-PI), Cook, N. (PI-UMES), Martinez, P. and Chamberlain, B. (NMSU). (2021-2024). TRAIN: Targeted Resources Addressing Identified Needs in Maryland worker food safety training via on-farm piloting of a mixed media toolkit. USDA-NIFA-AFRI-FSOP. 
  5. Henley, S. (PI),  Little, N. (Co-PI), Dill, S. and Myers, G. (2021-2022). Maryland Food Ventures. USDA Northeast Extension Risk Management Education. Assumed PI upon G. Myers retirement 7/1/2021.
  6. Song. H.J., (PI), Kim, J., (PI-UME), Udahogoroa, M., and Ma, T. (2021-2024). Effects of an integrated system approach on hypertension management in community dwelling older adultsUSDA-AFRI. 
  7. Tikekar, R (PI), Henley, S.C., Myers, G., and Martin, D. (August 2016-August 2018). Develop and implement a hybrid workshop in FSMA produce safety & preventive controls rules for stakeholder’s engaged in growing and processing high-risk produce. USDA-NIFA-AFRI_Food Safety Outreach Program. 
  8. Hager, E. (PI), Ezell, P. (PI-UME), Black, M…Henley, S.C., and Song, HJ. (2015-2021). Childhood obesity prevention challenge area: Integrated approaches to preventing childhood obesity. USDA-AFRI.
  9. Hager, E. (PI), Ezell, P. (PI-UME), Henley, S.C….Jaspers, L., and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Partners. (2014-2016). Maryland team nutrition competitive training grant wellness leaders: Champions for change. USDA.


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

Photo Credit: Scott Martin Images