Elisabeth Maring
Associate Clinical Professor, Family Science
Director of Global Health Engagement
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142DD
Phone: 301-405-8339 |
Office Hours: 

Mondays 2-3pm in Centreville Hall Room 1213

CV / Resume
PDF icon Maring CV Feb 2016.pdf

Dr. Maring is Director of Global Health Engagement in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. She directs the Global Public Health Scholars program, a living and learning program for academically talented freshman and sophomore students. She advises Public Health without Borders (PHWB) and has led study abroad, traveling with students to India, Sierra Leone, Peru, and Ethiopia. Maring's areas of research include community violence, substance abuse, at-risk youth, healthy homes, and cross-cultural and international research on families.  She has served on masters and doctoral students’ committees and primarily mentors undergraduate student projects in global health. Maring has a background with University of Maryland Extension and as a direct service provider to low-income, high-risk adolescents and their families. She is a skilled qualitative researcher and with primary academic home in Family Science, is interested in resilience research, looking for opportunities to broaden protective factors that lead to positive health outcomes for individuals and families.

Recent Grants

  • USDA: Maryland Private Well Water Education Project (PI) (in collaboration with MIAEH)
  • ADVANCE Women in Science: Maryland Well Water Program to Achieve Testing, Education and Research [Water] (Co-PI)
  • USDA: Rural Health and Safety (Co-PI)
  • University of Maryland Extension: Part of a Larger Picture: Healthy Homes Community Health Workers Course
  • University of Maryland Extension: Maryland Private Well Water/Safe Water Education Clinics (Co-PI)
Education and Training
  • Ph.D., Family Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Ed.M., Risk and Prevention for Adolescent Youth, Harvard University
  • FMSC 110S Families and Global Health
  • MIEH 240 Global Health Projects: Addressing Health Needs with a Focus on Reciprocity and Relationships
  • FMSC 280 Global Child and Family Health: Getting there through Innovation
  • FMSC 332 Children in Families
  • FMSC 298F The Future of Families
  • FMSC 485 Introduction to Family Therapy
  • FMSC 477 Internship Analysis Seminar
Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Advisor for a Student Organization, 2014 University Awards for work with Half the Sky Movement at UMD 
  • Director, Global Public Health, College Park Scholars – a living and learning program for select first and second year students.
  • Supervisor/Instructor, Northern India Study Abroad Program (Summers, 2011 & 2012)
  • Faculty Director, Engineers without Borders – Collaboration with School of Public Health in Compone, Peru (January 2013) and Sierra Leone (June 2014)
  • Co-PI,Baltimore City Healthy Homes Transition Study funded by CDC (2008-2009)
  • Awarded Leveraging Extension Mini-Grant for Healthy Homes Focus Team: A Comprehensive Approach (2007-2008)
  • Fulbright Scholar/Lecturer, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith and Benares Hindu University in Varanasi, India (2006-2007 academic year)
  • Project Director, Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) for studies of drug trends and ecstasy use among juvenile detainees and rave attendees in the state of Maryland
  • Family Outreach Counselor, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc.
  • Launched Child Care and After School Programming website, www.mcecares.org (as assistant to Dr. Susan Walker)
  • Awarded Family Studies Dissertation Support Award, June 2005
  • Awarded Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) Dissertation Scholarship, May 2005
  • Awarded Distinguished Teaching Assistant, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland (2003-2004 academic year)
  • Vice President, Maryland Council on Family Relations (MCFR) (2002-2003)


Maring, E.F. & Ahmed, N. (in press). Identifying distinctions between undergraduate and graduate global health programs. Journal of Global Health Reports.

Mammen, S., Sano, Y., Braun, B., & Maring, E.F. (2018). Shaping core health messages: Rural, low-income mothers speak through participatory action research. Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1465792

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

Maring, E.F., & Koblinsky, S.K. (2013). Teachers’ Challenges, Strategies, and Support Needs in Schools affected by Community Violence: A Qualitative Study. Journal of School Health, 83(6), 379-388.

Maring, E.F., Wallen, J., Malik, B.B. (2012, December). Drug Abuse in India: Grounding Research in an Ecological Risk and Resilience Framework. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal.

Maring, E. F. (2008). Fostering resilience against community violence among children in the United States (pp. 163-175). In D. P. Singh and M. Singh (Eds.) Violence: A concern for peaceful co-existence. Patiala, India: Publication Bureau.