We’re proud to announce that HSD Principal of Human Factors & Research, Mary Beth Privitera, PhD FIDSA is a Fulbright Scholar and will study “Global Design Interpretations of Medical Devices” in the UK.


Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.


The overarching hypothesis of her research is that through better device design as a result in uncovering design interpretation, improved patient outcomes can be achieved. Ultimately, design interpretation is related to usability and thus directly correlated to patient safety.  This international collaboration has the potential to prevent adverse events in medical device use globally.


Internationally known as an expert in medical product design, specifically in the area of applied human factors Mary Beth will be studying this and more at The University of Nottingham. Congratulations, MaryBeth!