Patrizia D’Olivo is a PhD candidate in Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology, with a background in Design & Engineering and Material Selection for Industrial Products. She collaborates with the Princess Maxima Centre for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht (NL) on the topic of Development-Oriented-Care. Through a research-through-design approach she intends to built design knowledge and realize products that support the psychosocial well-being of children with cancer and their families.
Her research focuses on understanding how a New Normal can be built in response to life-disruptive events (such as childhood cancer). This by bringing together knowledge from different domains [such as psychological models of family adjustment and resilience, analysis of stressors according to illness trajectory as well as knowledge on embodied interaction, experience design and design for user empowerment] and generating concepts and artifacts within the IoT design solution space.