Kristi  Gaines Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Kristi Gaines

Associate Professor/Director Interior & Environmental Design Graduate Programs
Texas Tech University

Kristi Gaines received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design with collaterals in Architecture and Education. She has a combined 20 years of professional interior design and teaching experience. She is a member of several professional organizations and has served in leadership positions for the International Interior Design Association and Interior Design Educators Council. Dr. Gaines is the recipient of several teaching and service awards.


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


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