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Susan O'Hara

Susan O’Hara, PhD, 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. She has published and presented nationally including guest lectures with team architects at the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing and NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing on the role of the environment and health impact assessments, as well as on nursing entrepreneurship. Her current research is focused on Macrocognition in the Health Care Built Environment (mHCBE) – how the layout of an ICU affects interprofessional cognitive adaptation to complexity, patient care quality and safety, and design. She holds Massachusetts and South Carolina registered nursing licenses.


Susan O'Hara, Ph.D., MPH, RN