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Xiaobo Quan

Director, Center for Health Research & Design

Professor of Practice

Campus Box 1079

Xiaobo Quan, PhD, is a professor of practice and director of the Center for Health Research & Design (CHRD) at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. With more than twenty years' experience in research and practice, Quan leads multidisciplinary collaborative efforts in using rigorous empirical research methods to examine the impact of the built environment and visual design on human behaviors and health outcomes, evaluating design innovations, and creating tools and other resources for applying research-based knowledge in design optimization. He engages with health care providers, design firms, and other organizations on the continuous improvement of health environments through design and evaluation, and on the education of current and future practitioners. He publishes and presents widely at national and international venues as well as in peer-reviewed journals in health care and design on research topics including health care-associated infection prevention, medication error and patient fall reduction, staff safety, patient satisfaction, health care sustainability, work efficiency, population health, and cost-effectiveness.

Before joining the CHRD, Quan was a senior researcher for the Center for Health Design in Concord, California. He is also an experienced architect with years of professional work in the United States and China. He holds a doctoral degree in architecture from Texas A&M University and two professional degrees in architecture from Southeast University in China. He received an Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Interior Design Educators Council in 2018.