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Webinar: Research Matters: 10 Picks to Kick Off 2022

When: January 20, 2022
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


There are literally millions of peer reviewed articles published each year. How can busy healthcare professionals keep up? We have to read those papers, apply the information to the design decision-making process, and wait to see if it actually works in the real world. Without a guide, really interesting new research insights slip through the cracks each year.

But research papers don’t move evidence-based design forward: people do. This rapid-fire webinar format walks you through ten studies selected by the research team at The Center for Health Design. Using their own visual abstracts, Addie, Ellen, and Melissa will present five-minute takes on ten papers and why they matter. The take-aways provide a fun and insightful perspective from the newest body of knowledge for the health design community. This webinar will help researchers and practitioners in health design walk away with a better understanding of these hand-picked studies from 2021, synthesized visually in under one hour. 


Learning Objectives

  • Explain why the selected papers matter in the context of built environment research.
  • Describe the healthcare setting types where the research was conducted.
  • Summarize the findings that apply to healthcare design.
  • Discover the takeaways for designers and practitioners.


Presenting Faculty

Melissa Piatkowski, M.S., EDAC, Research Associate, The Center for Health Design

For the past 20 years, Melissa has dedicated her career to exploring the connection between design and health. As a Research Associate with The Center for Health Design, she is a proud to work with her fellow “geeks” on developing tools and resources intended to support evidence-based design. She leads The Center’s Just Health Design group, a task force committed to moving the healthcare design field forward towards a more just, diverse, equitable, and inclusive future.


Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Research Associate, The Center for Health Design

Addie is a gerontologist, researcher, and consultant for organizational and environmental development in long-term care. She explores cultural and bio-psycho-social perspectives, organizational structures and processes, physical environments, workforce models, and regulatory and financial frameworks in relation to decision making, resource management, and quality improvement. With combined expertise in architecture, organizational development, aging and applied research, Dr. Abushousheh advances comprehensive and translational agendas related to quality assessment and performance improvement. Addie is a Research Associate with The Center for Health Design, an Adjunct Faculty member at Kent State University, and a Senior Living Advisor for Abacus Institute.


Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Vice President for Research, The Center for Health Design

Ellen brings 30 years of experience in architecture, research, and business to leading The Center’s research team. She is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects who was recognized by Healthcare Design as the HCD10 Researcher in 2017, an award recognizing significant contributions to the industry.  A nationally and internationally recognized writer and speaker, she has been influential in guiding Pebble Partner projects and leading grant-funded research programs supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Kresge Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), and others.