Shauna Henley, University of Maryland Extension

Shauna HenleyDr. Henley 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. She has been involved with teaching food preservation workshops throughout the state, as part of the “Grow It, Eat It” series. She is the Co-Leader of the Additional School Food Initiatives content group of the eXtension Healthy Food Choices in Schools Community of Practice. She is also a contributor to the UME Carroll County Extracts of Thymes Newsletter and the UME Eat Smart Blog, a member of UMD ADVANCE class of 2016 and Co-Leader of the Food Safety Action Team. Dr. Henle received her BS in Biology from Muhlenberg College, MS in Nutrition & Food Science from University of Vermont and a PhD in Biology with a concentration in Human Nutrition from Drexel University. 
RESEARCH INTERESTS Dr. Henley’s current work, focuses on nutrition and food safety education for community members. 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.