Christine M. Bruhn

Christine M. Bruhn

Christine M. Bruhn, Ph.D.

Position Title
Cooperative Extension Specialist Emerita

Food Science and Technology


Food Science (1983-2014)
Food Science Lecturer (1970-1978)

Professor Bruhn retired in 2014. 

Director (Retired), Center for Consumer Research.  Dr. Bruhn was trained in consumer behavior, food science, and consumer economics. She taught food science and consumer courses at the University of California and California State University for over ten years before joining Cooperative Extension in 1986. As a Consumer Food Marketing Specialist, Dr. Bruhn studied consumer attitudes toward food safety and quality and conducted educational programs which informed consumers about new products and new technologies.

She served as Chair of FANSA, the Food and Nutrition Science Alliance composed of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, the American Dietetic Association, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and the Institute of Food Technologies, is past Chair of the Institute of Food Technologies Food Science Communicators and the Nutrition Division, and served as a Scientific Lecturer for the Institute, from 1992-97.

Research conducted by the Center for Consumer Research generated knowledge that laid the basis for effective decision making by consumers at a personal level and for effective policy and actions by public and private organizations.

Dr. Bruhn has authored over ninety popular and professional papers on consumer attitudes toward food. She has received numerous national and international requests to address consumer issues.  

A few examples of articles about her work: 

Bruhns - Researchers find ice cream is a good source of calcium - UCD CalAggie 4 24 1997

SWEET SENSATIONS: Finding science—and gratification—in whipping cream - UC Davis News, 4 6 2006, by Clifton B. Parker


  • B.S. Home Economics, University of California, Davis, 1966
  • M.S. Home Economics, Univeristy of California, Davis, 1970
  • Ph.D. Consumer Research, University of California, Davis, 1986

Membership in Professional Associations

  • American Dairy Science Association
  • American Council on Consumer Interest
  • American Dietetic Association
  • California Nutrition Council
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • International Association for Food Protection
  • Phi Tau Sigma Honorary Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for Nutritional Education

Awards and Honors

1990: Institute of Food Technologists - Scientific Lecturer, 1990-1997

1992: Institute of Food Technologists - Outstanding performance as a Regional/Food Science Communicator

1992: UC ANR - Distinguished Service Award for Oustanding and Creative Teamwork

1998: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) - Ivan Parkin Lecturer

1999: University of Maryland - C.W. England Dairy Technology Lecturership

1999: British Crop Protection Council - Bawden Memorial Lecturer

2000: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) - Certificate of Merit

2000: Michigan State University - G. Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar

2000: Institute of Food Science and Technology  (UK) - Fellow

2001: International Consulting Group, FAO, International Atomic Energy Agency, WHO - R.E. Engel Award

2002: California Extension Association - Program Award in Food Safety

2002: Institute of Food Technologists - Fellow

2005: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) - Elmer Marth Educator Award

2006: Philadelphia Section, IFT - Julius Bauermann Lectureship Award

2008: Extension Division, IFT - Outstanding Volunteer

2009: California Cheese and Butter Association - Lifetime Achievement Award

2010: National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science - Food Safety Award, Western Region

2011: Institute of Food Technologists - Carl R. Fellers Award

2012: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) - Fellow

2014: UC Davis College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences - Award of Distinction

2015: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) - Honorary Life Membership Award

2017: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) - President's Lifetime Achievement Award

2020: Institute of Food Technologists - Trailblazer Award & Lectureship