Dr. Laura Malinin joined the department of Design and Merchandising at CSU in 2013. Her research is at the intersection of environmental design and cognitive science, focusing on the role of the designed environment (from rooms to cities) in human creativity and wellbeing. At the core of her research program she considers design thinking from a trans-disciplinary perspective by examining physically-situated cognitive processes involved in design creativity (psycho-spatial dynamics), from both process and place perspectives. She has published on topics ranging from theoretical models of creativity and perception to place–based education and service learning. Her place-focused research considers the psychological, physiological, and sociological impacts of designed environments on creative resilience and includes school design, workplace design, and designs for healthy aging. Dr. Malinin was appointed to the Director of the Richardson Design Center in January 2018.