J. Davis Harte is a design-behavior anthropologist, transdisciplinary social science health researcher and educator focused on authentic child-, family-, learner-, and community-centric designed environments (both physical and educational). Dr. Harte coordinated a large interdisciplinary research project in Sydney Australia, with the goal to gain better understanding of the experiences of all users in the built birth environment. She conducted a reflexive video-ethnographic project with childbirth supporters, as influenced by birth unit design, revealing nearly 30 design ‘best practices’ to support the presence of untrained supporters.
Prior work investigated preschool children’s attentional behaviors, influenced by the built environment. She received a PhD in Health with the University of Technology Sydney. She completed her Master’s degree in Design & Human Environment; Interior Design at Oregon State University, with minors in free-choice learning and in human development and family sciences.