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design researcher

Stephanie Morgan

smorgan@austin.utexas.edu

Stephanie Morgan is a Design Researcher at the Design Institute for Health, a radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Stephanie uses immersive approaches to frame and understand challenges within complex health and healthcare systems. Her research guides the team through integrating human needs, tensions and dynamics to provoke systemic change in health.

Formerly trained in ethnographic research, Stephanie observed bonobo chimpanzee socio-cognitive interactions at the San Diego Zoo prior to finding her way into the world of design. As a design researcher, Stephanie strives to leverage her research training and education to investigate the role and complexity of human behavior and cognition in how people perceive, interact, and emotionally engage with product systems, services, and experiences. She has extensive experience specifically conducting design research with patients, providers, and administrators in health contexts, and has led efforts ranging from investigating patient decision-making in service of fall prevention to facilitating a health system’s pursuit of Triple Aim through data and analytics.   

Prior to joining the Design Institute for Health, Stephanie was most recently the Associate Director of Design Strategy & Research at Karten Design, where she led multidisciplinary teams in applying human-centered design to complex challenges for leading medical device manufacturers and health systems.

Stephanie holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Outside of work, she enjoys balancing her inner neuroscience nerd with her love of contemporary fine arts, being outside whenever possible, and both observing and documenting the everyday quirks of her built environment.