About Us

Publisher and Senior Editor:

Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist, an internationally recognized expert on person-centered design, and a principal at Design With Science (www.designwithscience.com).  She has extensive experience using rigorous protocols to integrate insights from environmental/design psychology, other social/physical sciences, and project specific research to develop places, objects, and services that support desired experiences.  Her clients include manufacturers, service providers, and design firms in North America, Europe, and Asia. Sally is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

As the editor of Research Design Connections, she has written widely on science-based design for a broad audience of design professionals and those interested in the designed world. Her Research Design Connections blog is read by thousands of individuals each month. 

Sally’s work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post/StylistHome, Psychology Today, Prevention, Salon, and Self and in periodicals as diverse as the Chicago Tribune, Natural Home, Gizmodo, and interior design publications in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Augustin writes regular columns for Huffington Post/Stylist Home and OfficeInsight.  She is a popular online contributor to Psychology Today. Sally also writes a column titled “Places That Work” for the electronic edition of Metropolis and is an invited contributor to the online version of the Harvard Business Review. She has discussed using design to enhance lives on mass-market national television and radio programs.

She holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association (past president, environmental psychology division), the International Association of Applied Psychology (environmental psychology division), and the Environmental Design Research Association.  She speaks frequently to audiences in North America, Europe, and Asia at events such as the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architects, Healthcare Design, Living-Futures, the International Design & Emotion Conference, the International Positive Psychology Association, the international NeoCon furnishings conference, the Environmental Design Research Association annual conference, and Applied Brilliance.

Sally is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA), Northwestern University (MBA), and Claremont Graduate University (PhD).  She is the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley, 2009) and, with Cindy Coleman, The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research:  Applying Knowledge to Inform Design (Wiley, 2012).


RDC Founder:

Jean Marie Cackowski-Campbell, ASLA, has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Ohio State University, as well as a breadth of business and management experience. She was the managing editor of the Journal of Landscape Planning for three years, and has a continuing interest in landscape and urban planning issues. Cackowski-Campbell began Research Design Connections and founded the Research Design Connections column in Landscape Architecture magazine.  She continues to consult on Research Design Connections.