Graphic Communication Design Faculty
Emily Verba Fischer
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 3445 Aronoff Center
Emily Verba Fischer (b. 1982) is a communication designer, professor, and researcher. She has been a faculty member in the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati since 2011, where she primarily teaches information visualization, typography, and design methodology. An Ohio native, Emily returned to the Midwest after receiving an MFA in Graphic Design and an MAS in Visual Communication and Iconic Research from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. Prior to her studies in Switzerland, she lived and practiced design in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and France. Emily serves as Vice President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Cincinnati Chapter. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and publications nationally and internationally.
- MAS, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweitz — Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst — Institut Visuelle Kommunikation — (The Basel School of Design), Basel, Switzerland, 2011 (Visual Communication and Iconic Research).
- MFA, (dual degree delivered in Basel, Switzerland) University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011 (Graphic Design).
- BS, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006 (Graphic Design).
Emily Verba Fischer's academic research concerns data visualization — the creation and study of the visual representation of data. Her design capability in this area directly contributes to her role of Principal Co-Investigator in the cross-disciplinary research project entitled Brain to Screen: A Visual and Auditory Interactive Tool for Psychotherapists and Child Patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The Brain to Screen interactive tool takes the form of an iPad application (app) that works in conjunction with a biofeedback, brain-sensing headset. Child patients view animated visuals and hear sound landscapes that are directly related to their state of anxiety. The psychotherapist works with the child patient to change these “anxious” visuals to “calm” visuals using only the child’s concentration.The goal of this tool is to aid therapists in helping children retrain their brains through digital interaction, reducing the need for prescribed medicine.
The co-investigator of this project is John Hebbeler, Assistant Professor of Electronic Media at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. Professors Verba Fischer and Hebbler are consulting with several experts across campus, including individuals from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Neuroscience, UC Psychology, and the UC App Lab.