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WORKSHOP | Behavioral & Mental Health: Design for Supportive and Responsive Care Settings

When: May 23, 2024
Time: 8:00am Pacific
What: Agenda
Price: FREE

Virtual Workshop Hours: 

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific 
11:00 AM -  4:00 PM Eastern

4.0 CEUs


The mental health crisis continues to grow at alarming rates and is affecting individuals from all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic positions. These challenges reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into a myriad of care settings.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that the design of these settings reflect the complexities of care, are flexible to respond to fluid care needs, and offer equity to patients.

To meet the increased demand for care, improve care settings, and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of the environment's impact on behavioral health care and learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout all healthcare settings.

This one-day virtual workshop provides the latest in design thinking for a variety of behavioral health care settings and offers state-of-the-art best practices through thought leader presentations, case studies and panel discussions. Attendees will have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty and interact with fellow attendees in fun and innovative ways.







Thanks to our Sponsor Partners: 



Presenting Faculty

Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

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




Shary Adams, OAA, AIA, ACHA, EDAC
Healthcare Practice Area Leader





Opening Keynote Presentation 

Join Elizabeth Sysak for an overview of the current state of mental and behavioral health practice and hear insights for where the field is heading and what that means for future care settings. 

Elizabeth A. Sysak, PhD, MsEd
Behavioral Health Consultant Leader, Blue Cottage of Cannon Design





Presentation — Translational Research: A New Approach

This presentation will provide an overview of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute Translational Research Building at the University of Utah. See how this innovation lab is a hub for testing and refining mental health design and is an incubator for research, clinical processes and policy ideas. 

Adeleh Nejati, RA, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP, EDAC
Senior Associate, Senior Healthcare Planner, Researcher




Tammy Felker, AIA, ACHA, RN, EDAC, LEED® AP BD+C
Senior Associate, Healthcare Planner, Healthcare Architect





Presentation — Co-Design for Inclusive Engagement with Neurodiverse People

This presentation will discuss outcomes and lessons learned from an NEA-funded co-design project exploring the role of arts engagement in cognitive performance and wellbeing for people with dementia and their informal care-partners. Attendees will learn how these informed ongoing projects utilizing VR, AR, and digital twin technologies.

Laura Malinin
Director, Nancy Richardson Design Center, College of Health and Human Sciences/Associate Professor, Interior Architecture and Design
Colorado State University




Case Study — Future-Proofing the Nation’s Largest Net Zero Energy Campus

The Cordilleras Mental Health Campus is inspired by the profound influence of nature on well-being. Its plans are to harness the power of nature to become a community for patients and the surrounding area. Hear about the process for rejuvenating Cordilleras to become the first net zero energy campus in California. 

David Sass, RA, LEED AP, Lean
Senior Vice President





Case Study — The Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit

In the new building GBBN designed for Cincinnati Children’s College Hill Campus, there is a new neurobehavioral inpatient unit as well as an intensive outpatient program and clinic. Hear about its innovative design for this very special population as well as what has been learned post occupancy.

Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC




Martine Lamy, MD, PhD
Associate Professor | Division of Psychiatry, Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health, Medical Director for the Neurobehavioral Psychiatry Continuum of Care
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center | University of Cincinnati College of Medicine




Case Study — The Eating Recovery Center Willow

The mission of The Eating Recovery Center Willow is to provide the very best care for patients and families, and enable providers and teammates to deliver the highest quality treatment for patients with eating disorders. Hear how this Center for Health Design Touchstone Award winning project conducted multiple pre-design analyses and post-occupancy evaluations for the largest portfolio-wide research study to inform future design. 

Meredith Banasiak, M.Arch., EDAC, Assoc. AIA
Director of Research
Boulder Associates 




Panel Discussion

Join workshop panel speakers as they identify overall themes, key concepts, and next steps with a final Q&A.



Wrap up the day with workshop facilitators who will share their observations and projections toward a path forward.


Adjourn Day