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Core Team


Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC

Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research

Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC is the Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University. Dr. Anjali Joseph is focused on using simulation and prototyping methods to research and test effectiveness of promising design solutions that may impact patient safety in high stress healthcare environments. She has focused her research on multidisciplinary approaches to improving patient safety in healthcare through the development of tools and built environment solutions.
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Dr. Ken Catchpole

SmartState Endowed Chair

Dr. Ken Catchpole is a cognitive scientist and human factors practitioner who has spent over a decade studying the influence of task, team, technology and environment on safety and performance in acute care. He began his work at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, working with congenital heart surgery teams, followed by six years as a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford extending this research and quality improvement to vascular, general, and orthopedic surgery, utilizing techniques from other industries such as aviation, production, and formula one motor racing.
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David Allison, FAIA, FACHA

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health

David Allison FAIA, FACHA is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director of Clemson’s Graduate Program in Architecture + Health. He also holds an appointment as a Faculty Scholar in the Clemson University School of Health Research. His teaching, research and scholarship involves the study of relationships between health, healthcare and the built environment. His scholarly focus is centered on healthy community planning and design, design prototyping and research related to the design of healthcare environments. Professor
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Byron Edwards AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP

Professor of Practice in Architecture + Health

Byron Edwards, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP is a Professor of Practice in Clemson University’s School of Architecture’s Architecture + Health Graduate Studio. He is a 1980 alumni of Clemson University’s Healthcare Planning and Design Graduate Studio, and he has over 35 years of experience in Healthcare Facilities Planning and Design. Byron’s passion for mentoring and teaching the Research-Based Design Process began as a student at Clemson and has always been a driving force in his Professional career, as well as academic
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Dina Battisto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Architecture + Health

Dina Battisto is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and also leads the Built Environment and Health Concentration in the interdisciplinary Planning, Design and Built Environment Ph.D. Program in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. She earned a B.Arch from the University of Tennessee, a M.Arch from Clemson University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.
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James Lyndon McCracken

Project Coordinator – Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing

Mr. McCracken is the Project Coordinator for the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing. He served as a Program Manager, Project Coordinator, and Project Director at West Virginia University and the University of South Carolina prior to joining the Clemson team. Mr. McCracken has extensive experience coordinating large national multidisciplinary projects. He is interested in human factors and how people interact with various healthcare environments


Scott Reeves, MD

Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Dr. Scott Reeves is Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a position he has held for nine years. He holds the rank of Professor with Tenure. He is the immediate past President of MUSC Physicians.
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Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor in Architecture + Health

Sara Bayramzadeh is a Research Assistant Professor in the Architecture + Health program at Clemson University. Her research interests include the impact of healthcare facilities design on user experience, patient safety, and efficiency. In her role, she contributes to several funded research projects, building new opportunities in connecting academia and practice in the field of architecture and design.
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Susan O'Hara, Ph.D., MPH, RN

Post-doctoral faculty member with the Schools of Nursing and Architecture at Clemson University

Susan O’Hara, Ph.D., MPH, RN is a post-doctoral faculty member with the Schools of Nursing and Architecture, and is a Clemson University School of Health Research embedded scholar. A registered nurse for over 30 years, with clinical, education, leadership and management experience in critical care, outpatient, and home-care environments. Founder and principal of O’Hara HealthCare Consultants, LLC providing research, education, design and simulation modeling services for 24 years, Dr. O’Hara has led teams of computer simulation engineers and architects on numerous projects inpatient and outpatient healthcare design projects including preadmission testing, ambulatory surgery, prep and recovery and PACU departments and the National Nurses’ Time and Motion Study.
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