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HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal

HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal

Published in Association with Center for Health Design

eISSN: 21675112 | ISSN: 19375867 | Current volume: 16 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD) features articles and research papers on the relationships among health and environmental design and organizational, provider, and patient outcomes. As a translational journal linking research to practice, HERD features both rigorous research from academic sources and applied research from practice. Papers on research methods and techniques, theory papers, integrative and synthesized reviews of literature, case studies, and critical reviews of new books are accepted. Letters to the editors commenting on published articles or research and theory issues are welcome.

HERD accepts a range of manuscripts including research papers, opinion papers, theory papers, meta-analysis/metasynthesis, book reviews, case studies, independent post-occupancy evaluations, letters to the editors, and responses to letters/papers.

The Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal whose mission is to enhance the knowledge and practice of evidence-based healthcare design by disseminating research findings, discussing issues and trends, and translating research into practice.

The vision of HERD is to improve measurable healthcare outcomes as a result of enhancing healthcare environments for those receiving and providing care.

HERD is the only journal featuring evidence-based articles on the design of health environments and the design-related outcomes associated with safety, clinical results, organizational performance, economics, and the human experience. The commitment to an interdisciplinary design process is reflected in HERD’s interdisciplinary Editorial Board, with representatives from healthcare (including nursing, medicine, and healthcare administration), the design industry (architecture, engineering, interiors, graphics), environmental and behavioral psychology, neurosciences, systems and organizational effectiveness, art, music, and other complementary fields. The journal centralizes knowledge about healthcare innovations and design while addressing significant industry challenges to improve patient outcomes, reduce errors, and enhance the work environments of healthcare professionals.

As a translational journal linking research to practice, HERD features both rigorous research from academic sources and applied research from practice. Submissions from both scholars and practitioners are welcome. All will be held to high standards.

Founding Co-Editor
D. Kirk Hamilton, PhD, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, EDAC, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA
Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Nashville, TN , USA
Naomi A. Sachs, PhD, ASLA, EDAC University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Editorial Assistant
Hao Huang, M.Arch, EDAC Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Peter Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA Bardwell + Associates, Columbus, OH, USA
Dina Battisto, PhD University of Clemson, SC, USA
Erin Clark, RN, MSN, EDAC Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, SD, USA
Sanja Durmisevic, PhD Freelance consultancy and research, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
Sue Hignett, Fellow Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, UK
Warren Kerr, B.Arch, MHP, LFRAIA, AFCHSE Hames Sharley Architects, Perth, Australia
Yolanda Keys, DHA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX, USA
Brenda McDermott, MS, EDAC Defense Health Agency (DHA) Facilities Division
Upali Nanda, PhD, EDAC Texas Tech University, El Paso, Texas, USA
Debajyoti Pati, PhD, MASA, FIIA, LEED® AP Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA
Kevin Real, PhD, EDAC University of Kentucky, USA
Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ACHA, AAHID JSR Associates, Inc., Ellicott City, MD, USA
Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, D.Arch, FAIA, EDAC, LEED AP Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC Center for Health Design, Concord, CA, USA
Walt Vernon, PE, LEED AP, EDAC, FASHE Mazzetti GBA
Terri Zborowsky, PhD, RN, EDAC, CPXP HGA Architects & Engineers, MN, USA
Frank Zilm, D.Arch, FAIA, FACHA Frank Zilm & Associates, Kansas City, MO, USA
Editorial Advisory Emeritus
Franklin Becker, PhD Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC Cama Inc., New Haven, CT, USA
Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED Perkins+Will, New York, NY, USA
Yasushi Nagasawa, PhD Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
Derek Parker, FAIA, RIBA, FACHA Aditazz, Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Blair L. Sadler, JD Institute for Healthcare Improvement, La Jolla, CA, USA
Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, EDAC, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA
Roger Ulrich, PhD Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Robert White, MD Pediatrix Medical Group, IN, USA
The Center for Health Design
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    Before submitting your manuscript, please read and adhere to the author submission guidelines. To submit an article to the journal, please click here:

    HERD welcomes qualified peer reviewers! Learn more about how to sign up, how to review, and benefits available to reviewers.

    Correspondence or questions concerning HERD submissions may be directed to the individuals listed below:

    D. Kirk Hamilton, PhD, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC
    Founding Co-Editor
    Professor of Architecture
    Center for Health Systems and Design
    Texas A&M University
    TAMU 3137
    College Station, TX 77843-3137
    Phone: 979-862-6606

    Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN
    HERD Co-Editor
    Senior Clinical Consultant
    Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
    Nashville, TN

    Naomi A. Sachs, PhD, MLA, EDAC
    HERD Co-Editor
    Postdoctoral Associate
    University of Maryland
    Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
    College Park, MD

    Hao Huang, M.Arch, EDAC
    Editorial Assistant


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