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Research Services Team

The Center's Research Services allow healthcare organizations, the design industry and product manufacturers access to vast research resources and a top-notch research team.  Covering a wide spectrum of needs from complete, customized research studies to simpler research needs, or on-call expertise, consultation and advice on how to implement research into facility design, CHD’s Research Advisory Services can be utilized for any healthcare facility planning, design and construction initiatives.

The Center's team of experienced researchers can provide accessible and affordable research expertise and support when you need it most.  From literature scans to research guidance and custom tool development, our research team will help you add crediblity to any project.

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Vice President for Research

Ellen brings more than 25 years of experience in architecture, research and business to our research team. A registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, she has been influential in many of our research efforts ranging from guiding individual Pebble Project Partners to supporting grant-funded initiatives such as programs with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Kresge Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and speaker on EBD, patient safety, and development of the business case.

Experienced in both the owner's and consultant’s sides of the table, Ellen has been responsible for conducting design research for the built environment, as well as large-scale program management, capital planning, service standards planning, brand management, developing and extensive cross-departmental coordination.

Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning and Global Executive MBA degrees from Columbia University and London Business School. She is pursuing her PhD in design, patient safety and human factors at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, under the supervision of Drs. Sue Hignett and Paula Griffiths.  Ellen serves on the Facility Guidelines Institute Health Guidelines Revisions Committee (leading the 2014 Safety Risk Assessment subgroup), coordinates special projects with other organizations, serves on our Environmental Standards Council (ESC), and facilitates direction for the CHD Research Coalition volunteers. 

Melissa Piatkowski, M.S., EDAC, Research Associate

Melissa’s Drive And Experience Using Research To Improve People’s Health And Wellbeing Through Design Is Right In Line With The Center’s Mission To Transform Healthcare Environments For A Healthier, Safer World Through Design Research, Education, And Advocacy.

As A Part Of The 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 Director Of Research, Ellen Taylor, AIA, MBA, EDAC, She Examines The Impact Of The Built Environment Of Healthcare Outcomes, Evaluates The Effects Of Evidence-Based Design Innovations And Disseminates Research Findings Through Presentations And Publications.

Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Research Associate consultant

Addie Abushousheh 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, Abushousheh is uniquely positioned to advance comprehensive and translational agendas related to quality assessment and performance improvement within the continuum of care. In addition to consultation and research, Addie publishes and presents regularly and serves in a review and advisory capacity to industry organizations.



Alan J. Card, PhD, MPH, Research Associate

As a Research Associate with The Center for Health Design, Dr. Card has been invaluable in several special projects including the development of the CHD online Safety Risk Assessment. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and an MPH from the University of South Florida, as well as professional certifications in public health (CPH), healthcare quality (CPHQ), and healthcare risk management (CPHRM).  Dr. Card’s interests include the conceptual frameworks, tools, and techniques by which health service organizations improve patient safety, healthcare quality, patient/user experience, and disaster preparedness. He is the editor of the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management.