Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Ph.D.

Dr. Shepley is Skaggs-Sprague Endowed Chair, Director of the Center for Health Systems & Design, and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects as well as in the American College of Healthcare Architects. Her interest in engaging across art and science led her to found "ART+Science," a design research consultancy. She was selected by AFS Aggie Women as one of 12 “Extraordinary Women Faculty” in 2009. She received the 2009 Gravens Award for Leadership and the 2007 Dean’s Award for Exemplary Service. In 2010, she was named one of the "top 20 most influential people in healthcare  design" by vote of peers sponsored by Healthcare Design Magazine.

Dr. Shepley's research and creative interests demonstrate a holistic approach to wellness and health care, and include design for infants and the elderly. Her research covers a combination of behavioral and environmental studies to design improvements for health care facilities. Since 1993 she has contributed 51 juried publications, 4 books, 4 book chapters, 9 invited, scholarly publications, 57 juried lectures, 67 invited lectures, and 35 community-service studio projects.