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Fernando Carvalho MFA in Industrial Design (University of Notre Dame, 2009); BFA in Product Design (Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 2005); BFA in Visual Communication (Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 2003)

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PhD Student


Fernando Carvalho has earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from the University of Notre Dame with an emphasis on medical design and health services; he also holds two undergraduate degrees in Visual Communication, and Product Design. Fernando has authored utility patents and published works, and has won many scholarships, and teaching and professional awards. His portfolio contains a broad range of projects that include medical devices and hospital interiors, Paralympic sports accessories, digital design, civil construction equipment, and innovative educational solutions.

Mr. Carvalho has been actively involved in teaching and research activities for the past fifteen years, having taught in settings as diverse as the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and corporate professional training. Over the past fifteen years, Fernando has been performing managerial roles in strategic design at both, the professional and academic levels, leading in a number of consultancy and educational projects, involving major higher education institutions, and corporate clients from diverse countries, such as Brazil, USA, Spain, and UK.

Research group: Human Factors in Complex Systems.

Fernando is currently investigating the relationship between Design for Behaviour Change and Quality Improvement in the context of clinical practice. The primary focus of the research is on exploring how stakeholder engagement can be better integrated in behaviour change intervention design, in order to help improving staff behaviour in healthcare settings.

Participatory Design for Behaviour Change: An integrative approach to improving healthcare practice focused on staff participation.

Key areas of expertise: Healthcare design, Design for Behaviour Change, participatory methods and ethnographic methods applied to design research, strategic design, teaching, visual communication/visual arts, and product development.