Naomi A. Sachs

Naomi A. Sachs
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

PhD, Architecture

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Introduction
Naomi A. Sachs, PhD, MLA, EDAC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland and Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network (www.healinglandscapes.org). She worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University from 2017-2019.
Additional affiliations
July 2017 - July 2020
Cornell University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Associate working with Dr. Mardelle Shepley
June 2017 - present
SAGE Publications
Position
  • Editor
April 2014 - June 2017
Texas A&M University
Position
  • Editor

Publications

Publications (46)
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Can the presence of green space in urban environments reduce the frequency of violent crime? To ascertain the evidence on this topic, we conducted an in-depth literature review using the PRISMA checklist. The search parameters included US articles written in English and published since 2000. More than 30,000 potential paper titles were identified a...
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Our objectives were to synthesize the early evidence regarding the effect of city-wide vacant-lot remediation programs on firearm violence and to determine what proportion of remediation costs are recovered from reducing firearm violence. Building on our scoping review, we conducted a meta-analysis of before-and-after studies with control groups. W...
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The COVID-19 pandemic impacted mental health. Growing research has identified the mental health benefits of nature contact, including gardening. We used a cross-sectional survey to investigate the association between gardening and other outdoor activities with anxiety among U.S. adults. The RANG (Reducing Anxiety with Nature and Gardening) survey w...
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Full title is "The Power of Sacred Places: 25 Years of Science and Evidence-based Design of Healing Green Spaces: A Landscape Architect's Guide." Full citation is Srinivasan, N., & Sachs, N. A. (2021). The power of sacred places [White paper]. Nature Sacred. https://naturesacred.org/new-report-the-power-of-sacred-places/
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The purpose of this study was to explore clinical staff and resident perceptions regarding the importance, as well as effectiveness, of environmental qualities and features in mental and behavioural health (MBH) facilities. The study evaluated inadequacies in environmental attributes, as perceived by staff and residents, in four MBH facilities in t...
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Introduction: Nature engagement (NE) provides myriad psychological and physiological benefits, many of which begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. Research suggests children who have positive experiences with nature are more likely to continue engaging with nature and have more proenvironmental attitudes (PEAs) as adults. Among the benef...
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The number of individuals suffering from mental and behavioral health disorders and the lack of access to treatment and appropriate facilities for these individuals are among the most pressing issues of our time. The purpose of this study is to describe the psychological challenges of staff and families in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), app...
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As cancer remains the leading disease-related cause of death in adolescence, designers must consider the influence of health facility design on social support and quality of life, while considering the changing psychosocial needs of adolescents and young adults (AYAs). Both the stress of treatment and the environment in which treatment occurs can i...
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Background: Across the U.S., college and university students exhibit high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. While counseling, medications and, in more severe cases, hospitalization are all appropriate treatments for such conditions, an increasing body of evidence has demonstrated that spending time in nature can...
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Objective The primary goal of this research was to evaluate a physical full-scale, high-fidelity mockup of a mental and behavioral health (MBH) inpatient room and bathroom. Background There is minimal research on design for MBH and no published research using mockups to evaluate a MBH design proposal. To address this gap, an interdisciplinary team...
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As healthcare organizations and designers accept, and even embrace, healing gardens and other natural spaces as modalities for promoting the health and well-being of patients, visitors, and staff, the spaces provided must be designed and programmed to best optimize user health outcomes. Valid, reliable research instruments can aid in the evaluation...
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When Roger Ulrich's oft-cited "View through a Window" study was published in Science in 1984, the medical community began, for the first time, to consider the financial benefits of access to nature. If post-surgery in-patients who had views to greenery required fewer high dose pain medications, went home sooner, and called the nurse less often, per...
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In July, 2013, the International Academy for Design & Health held the 9th World Congress in Brisbane, Australia. Australia's proposal to host the Congress evolved into the book, Australian Healthcare Design 2000-2015, which was then published to coincide with the event. Alan Dilani, Founder and CEO of the International Academy for Design & Health,...
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Alex MacLean's aerial photos of sprawl combine documentation and art.

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I am designing a survey that has several "yes or no" questions. I'm having trouble finding good peer-reviewed articles (or good books) about the current thinking on giving people the option of "maybe" or "don't know" rather than forcing them to choose yes or no. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

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Projects (3)
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- Measuring time dose in nature to reduce stress in college-aged students. - Identifying primary barriers to greater use of parks and green spaces by young people of color. - Determining when in life pro-environmental attitudes are developed.
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I have developed a standardized set (toolkit) of evaluation instruments to be used in general acute care hospital gardens.