Whitman College

Where Healthcare Takes Place: The Role of Evidence-Based Design

Ann Sloan Devlin, PhD, is the May Buckley Sadowski Professor of Psychology at Connecticut
College in New London, CT. She has published extensively on healthcare environments,
particularly the role of facilities’ physical appearance in people’s judgments of expected care.
Her current research includes ways in which patients’ stress in the healthcare environment
depends on their perceptions of personal control, social support, and desirable distractions in the
facility. Patients’ perceptions of psychotherapists’ offices are another focus of her research. Dr.
Devlin has authored 6 books. In Transforming the Doctor’s Office: Principles from Evidence-
based Design, she focuses exclusively on healthcare environments. Her 2018 edited volume,
Environmental Psychology and Human Well-being: Effects of Built and Natural Settings
(published by Academic Press), contains 15 chapters by experts in the field of environmental
psychology. Dr. Devlin has served as editor-in-chief (as well as board member and secretary) of
the academic research journal Environment and Behavior. At Connecticut College, she received
the John S. King Faculty Teaching Award, the Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award,
and the Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. She is a Fellow of
Division 34 (Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology) of the
American Psychological Association.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Olin Hall, Auditorium
920 E Isaacs, Walla Walla, WA

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Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public


Academic, Social Sciences, Psychology


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