Design decisions make a difference in our ability to actualize our human potential.
Deb joined the research team in 2015, with a unique background in healthcare and architecture. Her unwavering ambition has been to promote health and well-being, and she believes that the spaces where people live, work and heal have the capacity to greatly support or restrict our human potential. She is thrilled to be working on two projects at MASS that address the relationship between design and health: MASS’s collaboration with Ariadne Labs is studying the impact of maternity ward design on childbirth in the U.S. as well as a project addressing the future of healthcare design with acclaimed furniture maker Herman Miller. Deb has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whitman College, where her honors thesis investigated how birth setting affects self-efficacy. She went on to study midwifery at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and has worked in a variety of community health settings as a registered nurse (RN). Her interest in design and the transformative capacity of the built environment inspired her to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she earned her MArch and was awarded a grant to pursue research comparing cross-cultural approaches to birth center design.