Research in the Health and Environmental Design Research lab

Research projects in the Health and Environmental Design Research (HEDR) lab focus on three environmental factors:  lighting, acoustics, and color. Additionally, many of our research projects focus on children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Observations record behavioral responses to the environment such as repetitive speech or motor movements and autonomic responses such as heart rate. Observations range from less than one hour to several hours. Some research projects require more than one observation. Various equipment is used to measure behavior and physical responses.


For more information, or to apply to be part of a research project, please contact us! When you email, please include your child(s) age, diagnosis, what you would like to learn from the study, and your contact information.

All diagnoses will be confirmed with your child’s medical doctor or other health professional prior to consideration for inclusion in any HEDR study.