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Research Coalition

Research Coalition members photo taken at Healthcare Design Conference 2013


The CHD Research Coalition nurtures, supports and produces evidence-based design research that contribute to therapeutic, safe, efficient and effective healthcare settings. Comprised of research professionals, design practitioners and healthcare administrators, our Research Coalition steers our funding for healthcare design research, helps guide these projects to success and develops information and tools for implementing evidence-based design in existing and new facilities. 



  • Eileen Malone, RN, MSN, MS, EDAC, Senior Partner, Mercury Healthcare Consulting, LLC
  • Sheila Bosch, PhD, LEED AP, Director of Research, Gresham, Smith and Partners



  • Barbara Dellinger, MA, AAHID, IIDA, CID, EDAC, Associate Vice President, HDR Architecture
  • Tejas Gandhi, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Virtua Health
  • Saif Haq, PhD, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Research, Texas Tech University
  • Debra Levin, MA, EDAC, President, The Center for Health Design
  • Mark Patterson, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, SmithGroup
  • Avein Saaty-Tafoya, CEO, Adelante Healthcare
  • Ron Smith, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP, President/CEO, Design at the Intersection, LLC
  • Jan Stichler, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC, FACHE, FAAN
  • Ellen, Taylor, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Director of Research, The Center for Health Design
  • Walter Vernon, President & CEO, Mazzetti and Associates
  • Laurie Waggener, RRT, IIDA, AAHID, EDAC, Research and Evidence Based Design Director, WHR Architects
  • Frank Weinberg, Corporate Vice President, Facilities, MedStar Health
  • Robert White, MD, Director, Regional Newborn Program, Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN
  • Salley Whitman, MHA, Executive Director, Operations, NXT Health, Inc.
  • Rana Zadeh, M.Arch, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
  • Terri Zborowsky, PhD, EDAC, Director of Healthcare Education and Research, Ellerbe Becket


Industry Partner

  • J&J Flooring Group


New Investigator Member

  • YoungSeon Choi, PhD


Former Members

  • Frank Becker, (Co-Chair Emeritus)
  • Paul Barach (Co-Chair Emeritus)
  • Roger Call
  • Uriel Cohen
  • H. Bart Franey (Co-Chair Emeritus)
  • Debra Harris
  • Kathy Hathorn
  • Guy Kiyokawa
  • Roger Leib
  • Jim Lussier
  • Debajyoti Pati
  • Jane Rohde
  • Bill Rostenberg
  • Mardelle Shepley
  • W.H. (Tib) Tusler
  • Roger Ulrich
  • Jean Young
  • Frank Zilm
  • Craig Zimring


Thanks to our 2014 Sponsor:



A Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-Based Design is an easy-to-use tool developed by the Research Coalition for practitioners of evidence-based design as well as anyone who is seeking greater knowledge in this field. Visit our web store to purchase the guide.











Learn about the Research Coalition’s current projects.


Read about the Research Coalition's New Investigator Award.