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Mind the Gap: Design for Behavioral & Mental Health in Much Needed Settings and Circumstances Workshop

May 2022

The Workshop 


The mental health crisis in the US, and around the World, continues to grow at alarming rates and is affecting individuals from all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic position. These challenges reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into a myriad of care settings. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that these settings respond to complexities of care, are flexible to respond to fluid care needs, and offer equity to patients.

To meet the increased demand for care, support improved care, and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of the environments impact on behavioral health care. As well as learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout all healthcare setting.

This one-day virtual workshop provides the latest in design thinking for a variety of behavioral health care and health 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.




Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

Lynn Kenney, EDAC, SASHE, Director of Industry Relations, The Center for Health Design


Opening Keynote Panel Discussion 

Moderators: Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Vice President, Cannon Design

Kayvan Madani Nejad, PhD, AIA, Director, Senior Healthcare Architect, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, CES | OFP | CFM

Panel of Clinicians:

Robyn L. Cowperthwaite, MD, Director, Child & Adolescent Consultation Psychiatry Service, The Children’s Hospital, Division Chief for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University Of Oklahoma, College Of Medicine

Britta K. Ostermeyer, MD, MBA, DFAPA, The Paul and Ruth Jonas Chair, Mental Health, Professor & Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences University Of Oklahoma, College Of Medicine


Revolutionary Residential Treatment: A Case Study  

Ellis Katsof, Principal, The Osborne Group, Consultant, Eli’s Place


Outside the Box Solutions to Difficult Challenges 

Kevin Turner, AIA, Principal Architect, Human eXperience
Sherri Reyes, MA, Principal & Behavioral Healthcare Consultant, Human eXperience


Telepsychiatry: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis

Anosha Zanjani, Associate AIA, B.Sc., M.S., M.Arch, Behavioral Health Design Specialist, HDR Inc.

Brian Giebink, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Behavioral Health Planner, HDR Inc.


Case Study: Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Glickman Lauder Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disorders

Jon Boyd, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, e4h Architecture


The Intersection of Diagnosis, Dignity and Design for Mental and Behavioral Health Communities in Crisis

Kimberly N. McMurray, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, MBA, Principal, Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC
John Lovett, DSc, Alabama State Director, Benchmark Human Services


Concluding Panel


Mind the Gap: Design for Behavioral & Mental Health in Much Needed Settings and Circumstances Workshop

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