Healthcare/Therapeutic Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-D03 - This Is Your Brain on Green: Neuroscience and the Landscape

Friday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 120


Interaction with nature has quantifiable positive effects on stress, fatigue, and even academic performance. This session discusses the latest research at the intersection of neuroscience and landscape architecture and how these studies make a case for the integration of landscape in environments for schoolchildren, the elderly, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.

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Sara Carr, Assoc. ASLA

Assistant Professor
Northeastern University

Sara Jensen Carr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism at Northeastern University. Her work brings together academics, public agencies, private practice, and community partners towards the shared goal of healthy and resilient public spaces. She is an advisory council member of Design 4 Active Sacramento, as well as a former urban design fellow at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) and Mellon Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks. She holds an MLA and PhD from University of California Berkeley.


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Jennifer Roe

DeShong Professor of Design + Health, Director, Center for Design + Health
School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Jenny Roe is the DeShong Professor of Design + Health at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia, and Director of the Center for Design + Health. She is a restorative environment researcher who explores how the design of the built environment impacts our health and wellbeing. Roe holds a PhD from Heriot Watt University (UK) with a concentration in environmental psychology. Prior to academia, she led a team of landscape architects in a multi-disciplinary architectural practice in London called Sprunt that specializes in social housing, educational and healthcare design.


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William Sullivan, ASLA

Professor and Head of Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois

William Sullivan is Professor and Head of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois. He and his students examine the benefits to human health that come from having regular exposure to urban landscapes containing nature. Sullivan is a Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment, Adjunct Professor at National Taiwan University, and is an active member of the University of Illinois’ Education Justice Project. Sullivan holds a PhD from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Environment and Behavior.


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Edie Zusman

NorthBay Healthcare

Dr. Edie Zusman

Edie Zusman is Chief of Neurosurgery at NorthBay Medical Center and Medical Director of the NorthBay Center for Neuroscience located in Fairfield CA and serving Solano County. Edie specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors, epilepsy, aneurysms, vascular malformations and disorders of the spine. She is specialty trained in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, brain mapping, endoscopy, and intra-operative computer guided neuro-navigation tools. She started Northwestern University Medical School at age 19, completed her Neurosurgical Residency at UC Davis, and received fellowships in Epilepsy, Brain Tumor Surgery and Molecular Medicine Research at UC San Francisco. She has been recognized by her peers nationally and locally, having been elected to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Board of Directors, and was named a top doctor by Sacramento Magazine. Edie completed her MBA at George Washington University in 2013 and has authored over 30 papers on socioeconomic aspects of healthcare. She serves on the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, the Institute for Medical Quality and is Past Chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. Edie is married to her college sweetheart, Steve Pratt, CEO of Noodle.AI, and they have two Head-Royce lifers, Adam ’14, an EMG and Volunteer Firefighter studying computer science at Colgate University, and Abby ’17, an equestrian who loves physics.


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