Esther Sternberg

Director, UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing at University of Arizona College of Medicine
MD, Tucson, Arizona
United States

Internationally recognized pioneer in design and health, Dr. Sternberg is Founding Director of University of Arizona’s Institute on Place and Wellbeing, founding member of the American Institute of Architects Design and Health Leadership Group and AIA Design and Health Research Consortium; has advised the US Green Building Council, US Acting Surgeon General, Surgeon General, and Surgeon General’s Office, US General Services Administration, US Department of Defense, and the Vatican on the impact of the built environment on health. Previously NIH Senior Scientist and Section Chief, she authored >200 scholarly articles, and two popular books including best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing (Harvard University Press), which helped launch the field, and hosted PBS Television Special Science of Healing. A dynamic speaker, Dr. Sternberg is frequently interviewed and invited to keynote, including Australian Green Cities, TEDx (UTA & Tucson), Vatican’s 27th Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers, and NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable.