Julia Africa led the biophilic design and restorative landscape areas of the Nature and Health program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an academic research center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, from 2012-2017. In this role, she examined the ways in which nature (parks and green spaces) and natural design cues (natural features in built environment settings) support psychological and physiological health and resilience. Ms. Africa has completed graduate coursework in environmental health, exposure assessment, and sustainable design at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Design; she also holds a Masters in Chinese Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. Ms. Africa is a member of both the International Living Future Institute's Biophilic Design Advisory Board and the Biophilic Cities Network Advisory Group.