Janet Loebach: Designing Healthy, Inclusive Environments For and With Children and Youth

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This presentation will provide an overview of why and how we should be designing inclusive and equitable environments to support children's healthy development, and as well as key insights from Loebach's research examining the features and conditions of children's environments which can support diverse play and learning experiences. Loebach will also discuss mechanisms by which we can engage children in research and the design of their everyday built environments.


Dr. Janet Loebach is the Evalyn Edwards Milman Assistant Professor for Child Development in the Department of Human Centered Design at Cornell University.  Dr. Loebach's efforts focus primarily on the development of inclusive, child/youth-friendly environments and examining the impacts of built and natural environments on children's behaviors, mobility, and healthy development. She also has expertise in participatory approaches and tools for engaging young people in research and planning.  Dr. Loebach is the Co-Chair of the Children, Youth & Environments Network of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and sits on the Editorial Board of the journals Children, Youth & Environments, Cities & Health and PsyEcology.


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