Kathryn Peditto


Kathryn Peditto

Ph.D. Researcher
Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Room 4211
Email: ksp66@cornell.edu
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Biographical Statement:

Kati Peditto is a second-year Ph.D. student in the department of Design and Environmental Analysis, studying Human Behavior and Design. Kati received a B.A. in psychology from St Mary's College of Maryland in 2015, where she completed a capstone thesis on infusion pump keypad design. Her previous experience investigating alarm fatigue at Johns Hopkins Hospital sparked her interest in healthcare human factors. At Cornell, she will continue her work in healthcare design investigating the effects of auditory overstimulation on healthcare providers and patients.

Teaching and Advising Statement:

Kati is currently a teaching assistant for the following courses:

  • DEA2700 - Healthy Places: Design, Planning, and Public Health
  • DEA6560 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Current Research Activities:

Broadly, Kati is interested in improving patient safety and quality in healthcare. More specifically, she seeks to eliminate preventable harms that result from human cognitive limitations in complex healthcare settings - e.g., how products, environments, and processes can be designed with full understanding of the human user.

In spring 2015, Kati presented two posters in support of her undergraduate capstone thesis - "Effects of keypad layout on number entry in infusion pumps." She presented at both the 2015 Applied Ergonomics Conference and the 2015 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care.

Her time as a researcher at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station included two studies with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) investigating the impacts of conflicting spatial cues and narrowing of attention in aviation.

  • St Mary's College of Maryland, St Mary's City, MD, B.A. Psychology, 2015
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC, Systems Engineering, 2011-2013  


Selected Keywords:
healthcare, alarm fatigue, noise, overstimulation, hospitals

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.