Sally Augustin, PhD

Sally Augustin

Sally Augustin, PhD

Consulting Expert
Environmental/Design Psychologist,
& Principal at Design With Science

Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing design psychologist, specializing in person-centered design, and a principal at Design With Science ( 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.

Dr. Augustin, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, 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 (chair, work environments network).

Sally’s work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington PostPsychology TodayPreventionSalon, and Self and in periodicals as diverse as the Chicago TribuneNatural Home, Gizmodo, and design publications in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Augustin writes regular columns for Huffington Post 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.

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

Sally has discussed using design to enhance lives on mass-market national television and radio programs as well as on  She speaks frequently to audiences in North America, Europe, and Asia at events such as the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architects, the International Design & Emotion Conference, the bi-annual meeting of the International Positive Psychology Association, NeoCon/IIDEX, the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting, the Environmental Design Research Association annual conference, Healthcare Design, and Applied Brilliance.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA), Northwestern University (MBA), and Claremont Graduate University (PhD).

Dr. Augustin 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).


Spotlight on Sally Augustin, HealthyWorkplaces Interdisciplinary Team member

In our September newsletter, we put the spotlight on Dr. Sally Augustin, one of our Interdisciplinary Team members. Here, we would like to elaborate on her work with us and the work she does as an environmental psychologist and how her work contributes to the efficacy of our Interdisciplinary team.