Outreach: Food safety; home food preservation. Dr. Harrison has been named a Walter B. Hill Distinguished Fellow in Public Service and Outreach.
Interests: Dr. Harrison supports the outreach mission of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in the areas of food safety and home food preservation. She trains and supports County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agents and develops, implements and evaluates educational programs and materials for a variety of audiences. She has developed award winning educational materials for children and teachers that include food safety cartoons, workbooks, teaching guides, a story book, posters and computer games for teaching children how to keep food safe. She has developed a handwashing education campaign called "Wash Your Paws, Georgia!" which has reached thousands of youth statewide. Dr. Harrison's applied research has included examining methods to enhance the safety of locally grown produce on small farms and in farmers markets. As a result, she has developed materials for training farmers and farmers market managers. She has been involved in projects to examine the effectiveness of various home food preservation methods in eliminating the risk of foodborne illness from E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria and translating the findings into usable recommendations for consumers. She is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, the International Association for Food Protection and the Georgia Association for Food Protection. She serves on the board of The Partnership for Food Safety Education in Washington, DC and is active in national food safety education campaigns.
University of Georgia
Food Technology & Science
University of Tennessee
Secondary Education - Biology
Tennessee Technological University
Mayer, A. B., & Harrison, J. A. (2012). Safe Eats: An Evaluation of the Use of Social Media for Food Safety Education. J. of Food Prot., 75 (8), 1453–1463.
Harrison, J. A. (2012). Teaching Children to Wash Their Hands – Wash Your Paws, Georgia! Handwashing Education Initiative. Food Protection Trends, 32(3), 116-123.
Harrison, J. A., Hamilton, R. D., & Jayaratne, K.S.U. (2010). Agrosecurity Awareness Curriculum Design, Delivery and Evaluation with First Responders to Agricultural and Food Emergencies. Food Protection Trends, 30(6), 340-345.
Jayaratne, K. S. U, Harrison, J. A., & Bales, D. W. (2009). Impact evaluation of food safety self-study Extension programs: Do changes in knowledge relate to changes in behavior of program participants? Journal of Extension, 47. Retrieved July 1, 2009 from http://www.joe.org/joe/2009june/rb1.php.
Simmons, K., Harrison, M., Hurst, W., Harrison, J., Brecht, J., & Schneider, K., (2007). Survey of Food Defense Practices in Produce Operations in the Southeast. Food Protection Trends, 27(3), 174-184.