Professor Emerita, Family Science
Faculty Scholar
Other Affiliations: Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

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CV / Resume
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Selected Grants

University of Maryland "Moving Maryland Forward"

University of Maryland Extension and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Health Insurance Literacy Initiative

NIH-NIDCR: Multi-Center Assessment of Health Literacy and Oral Health.

UDSA Rural Health and Safety Grant: Core Health Messages: A Strategy to Improve the Health and Well-being of Rural, Low-income Families.

USDA and UMCP: Rural Families Speak: Livin’ on the Byways:  Rural Mothers Speak—a research-based drama.
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University of Maryland Extension:  Sages of the Ages: Stories That Touch and Teach

Education and Training

Ph.D., Family Consumer Sciences Education, University of Missouri

Honors and Awards
  • Family Economics Resource Management Community Education Award, American Association of Family and Consumer Science for Smart Choice Health Insurance©—an Extension health insurance literacy curriculum
  • Served as the first Herschel S. Horowitz Center of Health Literacy Endowed Chair and Director
  • Author of over 100 articles and seven family and consumer science teaching curricula; speaker at over 200 local, state, national and international conferences
  • Director and Co-director of grants and contracts totaling more than $15M
  • Co-Director, Maryland Family Policy Impact Seminar
  • Past Chair, Maryland Rural Council
  • Past President, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and former Public Policy Committee Chair; Past-chair, Family Policy Section, National Council on Family Relations
  • Recipient of awards including:  National 4-H Annie E. Casey Foundation Distinguished Lecturer; George F. Kramer Practitioner of Year; Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Mentor; Murial Sloan Communitarian Aware, Ruth O’Brien Research Award; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Chalkley-Fenn Public Policy Visiting Scholar; USDA Honor Award for Nutrition Education for Diverse Audiences; Farm Foundation Outstanding Public Policy Issues Education; Charter Inductee, International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame; Distinguished Alumni, University of Central Missouri; W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow.

University of Delaware Extension

University of Vermont

Maryland Rural Health Association

Healthy Howard Doors to Care

National 4-H Council


Rodgers, M. & Braun, B. (June, 2015). Strategic directions for extension health and wellness programs. Journal of Extension. 53(3).

Inwood, S., Braun, B., Knudson, A., Parker, J., Parsons, B. (April, 2015). Farmers and health care reform: A challenge and opportunity for Extension. Journal of Extension. 53(2).

Aldoory, L., Braun, B., Maring, E.F., Dugal, M., & Briones, R. (March, 2015).  Empowerment in the process of health messaging for rural, low-income mothers:  An exploratory message design project. Women & Health. 55(3). 297-313.

Ginter, A. & Braun, B. (2014). Female breast cancer patients' needs and resources: Implications for patients without partners and health care professionals. Journal of Women’s Health Issues and Care. 3(3). 1-9.

Ginter, A. and Braun, B. (2014). Single mothers with breast cancer:  Relationships with their  children. In S. L. Blair and J.H. McCormick (Eds). Contemporary perspectives in family research.  United Kingdom:  Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 163-182.

Brown, V. & Braun, B. (2013). An intersection of opportunity:  Extension family & consumer sciences and public health. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. 105(4). Feature article.

Kim, J., Braun, B. & Williams, A.D. (2013, September). Understanding health insurance literacy:  A literature review.  Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 42, 3-13. 

Lie, D., Carter-Pokras, O., Braun, B., & Coleman C. (2012, October). What do health literacy and cultural competence have in common? Calling for a collaborative pedagogy. Journal of Health Communications International Perspectives, 17(3), 13-22. 

Dolan, E.M., Seiling, S.B., Braun, B., & Katras, M.J. (2012). Having their say: Rural mothers talk  about welfare. Poverty and Public Policy, 4, 1-18.