Caitlin DeClercq, PhD

Caitlin DeClercq, PhD

Core Researcher

cdeclercq@berkeley.edu

Caitlin DeClercq holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Education from the University of Rochester.  Prior to pursuing these degrees, Caitlin worked as a college health educator at Berkeley.  Her doctoral research investigated the social, historical, and built environment contexts of bodily education in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American institutions of higher education, an endeavor that integrated her interests in health, education, and architecture.  Currently a post-doctoral researcher at HealthyWorkplaces, Caitlin is leading an ongoing study to identify design correlates of seven evidence-based drivers of employee need satisfaction. She devised a novel methodology to engage focus group participants work in small groups to articulate, using words and images, how work and workplaces might be designed to support concepts like equity, connection, flexibility, and safety, and has presented preliminary findings of this research at conferences including the Psychology of Architecture (2016), Work, Stress, and Health (2017), and the Environmental Design Research Association (2018).  Caitlin is also leading a multi-pronged research study to address the topic of sedentary behavior in office settings.  She is a published author with articles in peer-reviewed and professional journals including the Journal of Academic Librarianship (2014) and Planning for Higher Education (2016) and contributed chapters in Ethnography for Designers (Routledge, 2016) and Experiencing Architecture in the Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury, in press).