As a part of The Center's research staff, Melissa focuses her efforts on Affiliate+, special research projects as well as The Center’s ongoing research initiative, the Pebble Project. Working closely with VP for research, Ellen Taylor, AIA, MBA, EDAC, she is examining the impact of the built environment on healthcare outcomes by evaluating the effects of evidence-based design innovations and disseminating research findings through presentations and publications.
Melissa was previously a senior design researcher for Davis Partnership Architects and prior to that she served as a researcher with the OMNI Institute and the Center for Children, Youth & Environments at the University of Colorado. With a background in both architecture and social science, Melissa describes her research style as “boots on the ground with a knack for rigor.”
Melissa graduated from Cornell University with a Masters of Science, Applied Research in Environmental Psychology and received her Bachelors of Environmental Design, Emphasis in Architecture from University of Colorado, Boulder.