The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) and Steelcase Health are pleased to support the AAHID/Steelcase Health Graduate Research Fellowship. The purpose of the program is to promote the importance of interior design research and to contribute to the body of knowledge for healthcare interior design, consistent with the mission of AAHID. It also reflects Steelcase Health’s mission of research and evidence-based design to change the way people experience healthcare environments. The fellowship is designed to assist new investigators in initiating the research aspect of their education by providing seed money to afford graduate students the opportunity to pursue new or novel areas of research.
The 2017-18 fellowship grant has been awarded to Deborah Wingler. Her work will be presented at the 2018 Healthcare Design Conference. Deborah is a doctoral candidate in the Architecture + Health concentration of the Planning Design and the Built Environment program at Clemson University. Her research focuses on using real-time data collection techniques to gain insight into user responses to high stress healthcare environments. Deborah’s doctoral dissertation research project titled, “Examining Child and Parent Anxiety During the Ambulatory Surgical Process“, examines the impact of using an induction room vs. the operating theater for anesthetic induction on child and parent anxiety for children who are undergoing an ambulatory surgical procedure and their parents. By eliciting real-time data from both child and parent physiological, psychological and neural responses to the healthcare built environment, Deborah’s dissertation study extends upon and merges healthcare architecture, neuroscience and human factors research. Her study will provide new insight into the role of design in supporting the child and parent experience during the ambulatory surgical process.