Faculty Fellows Program

Program Description: 
The UVA School of Architecture’s Center for Design and Health (CDH) seeks applicants for its next class of Design and Health Faculty Fellows. The Faculty Fellows program seeks to foster interdisciplinary work on a range of scholarly research dealing with design for health, from design of hospitals and health care facilities to community-scale planning for safe and healthy cities and towns. A wide range of topics is encompassed by the CDH, from aging in place and patient-centered design, to community food systems, to green or biophilic design, among others. The Faculty Fellows program seeks to assist faculty from around Grounds in developing long term scholarly agendas that will advance our knowledge about the health implications of design and planning of the built environment, and will help to accelerate innovative and exemplary practice in health-based design and planning.
Chosen Faculty Fellows will receive a $3000 stipend to support their research and scholarly work. In addition, Fellows will have access to the resources and faculty affiliates of the Center for Design and Health, and will be encouraged to actively participate in the academic life of the UVA School of Architecture.
Fellowships will begin on September 01, 2015, and extend for a calendar year (though in certain cases a one semester fellowship period is a possibility). During that time, Fellows will be expected to interact and collaborate with relevant faculty in the Architecture School and to participate in the intellectual and scholarly life of the Center and School. Fellows will be expected to give at least one lecture or organize one colloquium about their research during the period of the fellowship.
Full time faculty members in any department or school, other than the School of Architecture, at the University of Virginia are eligible. Three fellows will be selected for 2015-2016. These will be chosen based on their potential to make significant and unique contributions to the intersection of health and design.
Applications are due June 1, 2015. They should include the following: A Personal Statement describing current and future work and how the Fellowship will help to advance this work; a list of potential collaborators in the School of Architecture; proposed budget, a letter of support from your Department Chair or School Dean; and an up-to-date copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae. Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2015.

Send application materials to:
Carla Jones, carlajones@Virginia.edu

Center for Design and Health Fellows and Faculty Research Grant Recipients 2013-2014

Center for Design and Health Fellows 2012-2013

Pam DeGuzman
Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Community, and Mental Health Systems
School of Nursing, University of Virginia

Pam DeGzman’s Center for Design and Health fellowship work is focused on exploring the impact of objectively measured and subjective perceptions of neighborhood crime on the health of women living in highly urban, low-income United States neighborhoods.  Through her Center for Design and Health fellowship, DeGuzman is doing preliminary work for a National Institute of Health grant she is preparing.


Daniel Becker
Professor, Department of General Medicine
School of Medicine, University of Virginia

Daniel Becker is a general internist at the University of Virginia and sees clinic patients at University Medical Associates, an architecturally undistinguished, until now, space in an undistinguished building- the old Towers Nursing Home.  With the arrival of the electronic medical record [EMR] and a computer screen on every desktop, the conversation between doctor and patient is often a threesome.  While talking and listening to the patient the doctor is looking at the EMR and typing.  The patient often feels left out.  Becker’s Center for Design and Health fellowship work is focused on researching the EMR’s effect on communication documents, reduced eye contact, and reduced psychosocial content in the medical record.  These findings mirror anecdotal findings from just about any doctor or patient who has been in an exam room with the EMR.  Becker’s project will test the hypothesis that a redesign of the seating arrangements, desk contour, and computer station in the exam room will improve doctor-patient communication and patient satisfaction.  The design intervention will be modular and will not raise any facility management issues.


Thomas Daniel
Professor, Department of Surgery
School of Medicine, University of Virginia

Dr. Thomas Daniel is researching whether daily walking can enable study participants to stop smoking tobacco products.


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