Ms Ruby Lipson-Smith
BA, BSc (Hons)

Ruby is a PhD student supervised by Professor Julie Bernhardt, in the field of environmental psychology. Her research challenges how traditional spaces are designed and used, their purpose, and the impact that they have on users' mind, brain, and behaviour. Her research is interdisciplinary – bridging health, psychology, and architecture/design. In her PhD research, she applies this approach to the field of stroke rehabilitation to investigate how the environment of inpatient rehabilitation facilities impacts the cognitive and physical learning processes that characterise a patients' rehabilitation post stroke. 

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Key collaborators

Professor Julie Bernhardt
Ms Michelle Shannon
Associate Professor Clare Newton, Melbourne School of Design
Professor Heidi Zeeman, Griffith University


A framework for optimising the design of rehabilitation facilities: Reframing stroke rehabilitation spaces as learning spaces

A descriptive survey of adult inpatient physical rehabilitation facility buildings in Victoria, Australia

The ENVIRONS (ENVironments for Inpatient RehabilitatiON of Stroke patients) study

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Austin
    245 Burgundy Street
    VIC 3084

Awards and achievements

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarship

Hallmark Aging Research Initiative (HARI) seed funding grant for multidisciplinary research project titled ‘Reframing stroke rehabilitation spaces: The role of learning in recovery and its implications for design evaluation’, 2017-2018.

Research Papers

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