Benjamin Chapman

Benjamin Chapman

PhD Associate Professor and Extension Specialist 919-515-8099

Areas of Expertise

  • Consumer, retail and food safety culture
  • Home food preservation
  • Communicating food safety risk reduction messages


Dr. Ben Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Food safety infosheets, one-page food safety-related information directed at food handlers (link)
  • Food safety culture program at North Carolina State University
  • Master food volunteer program

Selected Publications

  • Chapman, B., Raymond, B. and Powell, D. 2014. Potential of social media as a tool to combat foodborne illness. Perspectives in Public Health. 134 (4). 225-230. (link)
  • Chapman, B., MacLaurin, T., and Powell, D. 2010. Food safety infosheets: Design and refinement of a narrative-based training intervention. British Food Journal, 113(2). (link)

Contributing Websites

Contact Information

Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
NC State University
512 Brickhaven Drive 220E
Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606