Kati Peditto, PhD, EDAC is an environmental psychologist and researcher at HDR. She received her PhD in Human Behavior and Design from Cornell University and completed postdoctoral training in the Dept. of Design and Environmental Analysis. Her research focuses on providing equitable health environments for adolescents and young adults, ranging from pediatric cancer facilities to college health centers. She is the recipient of the 2018 New Investigator Award from The Center for Health Design, and a 2018 AIA-AAH Tuttle Fellow in Health Facility Planning and Design.
As a behavioral health planner and architect, Brian has a deep understanding of current research and trends in mental health design and uses his expertise to create innovative, research-based solutions that improve the patient experience in mental health environments. Brian has served as the mental health expert on numerous projects around the world, holding roles in planning, design, and consulting for inpatient, outpatient, community, and crisis services, guiding project teams towards improved outcomes in mental health environments.
At HDR, Brian leads the behavioral health design studio, introducing current trends and design strategies to a broader team and works with smaller focus groups to discuss and develop strategies to improve the mental healthcare environment for patients and staff. Brian has presented on the topic of mental health at multiple conferences around the country, including the Healthcare Design Conference where he presented his team’s award winning behavioral health patient room design. In addition to building design, Brian works with manufacturers to design and evaluate furniture and accessories for behavioral health environments, focusing on improved safety, comfort, functionality, and aesthetics. He is a member of the Facility Guidelines Institute 2022 Health Guidelines Revision Committee focused on behavioral health design in the emergency department and has been recognized nationally for his contributions to the field.
Brian enjoys finding opportunities to share his passion and expertise with the next generation of architects and designers in his local community. He is currently an adjunct associate professor at the University of Kansas, has served as a design critic and juror for multiple design studios focused on mental health, mentors architecture students at the University of Minnesota.
Learn about: the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, including those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how thoughtful design can reduce stress associated with declining physical abilities, memory loss, and care provision.
This webinar will review two separate behavioral health units, one constructed with typical acoustical ceiling tile panels and one with a new acoustic gypsum wallboard ceiling assembly with a similar noise reduction coefficient. A comparison of these two facilities’ acoustic testing results will be discussed along with security concerns, owner requirements, and possible design solutions for this particular sector of healthcare design.
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