Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., is a professor at Cornell University and chair of the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. She is Associate Director in the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. She previously served as professor at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and was director of the TAMU Center for Health Systems & Design from 2004-2014. Dr. Shepley is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects. She is LEED and EDAC certified.
Dr. Shepley has authored/co-authored six books, including Healthcare Environments for Children and their Families (1998), A Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-Based Design (2008), Design for Critical Care (2009), Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners (2010), Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care (2014), and Design for Mental & Behavioral Health (2017). Her papers have been published in Healthcare Management Review; Indoor and Built Environment; Journal of Perinatology; Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning; Health Environments Design & Research; World Health Design; Children, Youth & Environments; Journal of Housing for the Elderly; Journal of Environmental Psychology; General Hospital Psychiatry; Building Research Information; Evidence-Based Medicine; Journal of Applied Gerontology; Journal of Interior Design; Child Health Care; Senior Housing & Care; Environment & Behavior; and Perceptual & Motor Skills, among other peer-reviewed venues. To enhance the link between research and practice, Dr. Shepley worked 16 years in practice prior to joining TAMU and has served as a consultant to architectural firms regularly since 2000. She is founder of ART+Science, design research consultants.