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Dr. Janet Loebach

Janet Loebach is an environmental design researcher, consultant and teacher hailing from Ontario, Canada. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis (  at Cornell University.  Dr. Loebach received a Master of Environmental Design from the School of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and a PhD in Children’s, Urban and Health Geographies from the Department of Geography at Western University. Janet is a registered Professional Civil Engineer (Ontario) and the Principal Consultant for Thrive Design Consulting. Her research and practice focuses on children’s perception and use of their everyday environments, and the socio-environmental factors which influence children’s behaviour and well-being.  She recently completed a Community-Based Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Institute for Mental Health Policy research (Toronto & London, Ontario), where she investigated socio-environmental factors influencing the time child spend outdoors, and the impacts of neighbourhood type on children’s community-based play and mobility. Previous to her work at CAMH, Dr. Loebach was also awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Young Lives Research Lab at the University of PEI, where she studied the influence of digital media and environments on youth mental health. Other areas of expertise include assessment and design of natural and built play and learning environments for children.  She also has extensive experience with participatory, child-led and community-based design and planning processes.  Dr. Loebach currently serves as Vice President of the International Play Association (Canada) and as Co-Chair of the Children, Youth & Environments Network of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).