Dr. Gaines’ research concerns the impact of the built environment on the behavior of vulnerable populations. Her projects have received external grant funding and have been presented and published in numerous scholarly journals. She is co-author of the book, Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders with Routledge Publishing. Many of her research projects have investigated the impact of classroom design in the United States, United Kingdom and Malawi, Africa. Her collaborative projects emphasize the multi-disciplinary approach between interior design, architecture, healthcare, and education. She has worked in partnership with professors and experts in neurodiverse populations in the United States and United Kingdom. A current research project combines neuroscience and augmented reality visualization using fMRI technology to compare the behavioral and neural responses for neurodiverse populations. She has also recently teamed up with researchers in apparel design and manufacturing to develop functional clothing for children with sensory integrative dysfunction.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Design for vulnerable populations
Design of inclusive environments
Design for the senses