Postdoctoral Associate
Design + Environmental Analysis

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Room 4235


Kati Peditto is a postdoctoral associate in the department of Design and Environmental Analysis. Kati received a Ph.D. in human behavior and design from Cornell University in 2019. She previously received a B.A. in psychology from St Mary's College of Maryland, 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 design research in healthcare settings.

At Cornell, her research aims to improve health facilities from vulnerable populations, including adolescents and young adults with cancer. After leading a run from San Francisco to Baltimore in summer 2016 with the Ulman Cancer Fund, Kati noticed that AYA patients were often treated in pediatric settings with little access to peer support. Her research investigates the influence of the built environment on social support and quality of life for young people with cancer.

At Cornell University, her research takes an interdisciplinary, human-centered approach. As an environmental psychologist, she draws from a background in social science to provide evidence-based design recommendations for vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in the way the built environment can encourage inclusion and belonging in institutional settings. She has explored this broader research topic from several perspectives over the last eight years, including the negative impact of intensive care alarms on NICU infants and the importance of psychosocial interaction for young adults with cancer. To address design challenges across different disciplines, she follows a universal philosophy rooted in empathy and translational research.

Peditto, K. (2018). Reporting qualitative research: Standards, challenges, and implications for health design. Health Environments Research & Design, 11(2). *Selected for CEU credits for EDAC and AIA Professionals

Peditto, K. (2017). Cancer in adolescence as a context for psychosocial development. Poster session presented at the Global AYA Cancer Congress, Atlanta, GA.

Peditto, K. (2017). Medical error: Product, process, place. Paper presented at the Applied Ergonomics Conference, Orlando, FL. *Student of the Year Award

Geeseman, J., Patrey, J., Davy, C., Peditto, K., & Zernickow, C. (2016). The impact of conflicting spatial representations in airborne unmanned aerial system sensor control. NAVAIR Patuxent River, United States.

Peditto, K. (2015). Effects of keypad layout on number entry in infusion pumps (bachelor’s thesis). St Mary’s College of Maryland, St Mary’s City, United States.

She is a lecturer in Design and Environmental Analysis, teaching DEA1500: Intro to Environmental Psychology in Summer 2019.

She previously served as a teaching assistant for the following courses:

  • DEA3500 - Ergonomics and Anthropometrics
  • DEA3510 - The Ambient Environment
  • DEA2700 - Healthy Places: Design, Planning, and Public Health
  • DEA6560 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • DEA1500 - Intro. to Environmental Psychology
  • DEA1110 - Making a Difference by Design

Kati was a 2017-18 Distinguished Active-Learning Teaching Assistant (DALTA) Fellow with the Cornell University Center for Teaching Innovation. 

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Ph.D. Human Behavior and Design, 2019
  • St Mary's College of Maryland, St Mary's City, MD, B.A. Psychology, 2015
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC, Systems Engineering, 2011-2013

Instagram: @profpeditto

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