Design Field Notes: Caricia Catalani

Lecture | March 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Dr. Caricia Catalani is a Director of Design for Health and Design Research at IDEO Palo Alto. Caricia’s passion for design and research science drives impactful ways to improve health and human rights around the world.

At IDEO, Caricia combines human-centered design and qualitative and quantitative research methods to build high-impact innovations in health. Caricia’s work at IDEO is focused in the areas of health, wellness, and accessibility. Key projects include developing an innovation incubator for sexual health with Power to Decide, designing a universally accessible voting system for Los Angeles County, creating a breast pump for working mothers, crafting adherence packaging for HIV prevention, and envisioning homes that adapt to older adults as their needs change with age.

Caricia earned her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and completed post-doctoral work at the National Institutes of Health. She also holds a Master's of public health from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in global development from the University of Michigan. She is on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. She has authored a dozen scientific articles about design and innovation in health. Caricia will stop everything for a good bowl of ramen, great comedy improv, and fairy hunting with her two daughters.

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices. This semester, Design Field Notes and the Institute's other public programs engage questions of inclusion, accessibility, and justice under the title For Whom? By Whom?: Designs for Belonging. To learn more about upcoming events across our series, visit