Jacob Andrews

Jacob Andrews, MA Linguistics, BA (hons) Modern Languages

PhD candidate

Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH)
217 Portobello
S1 4DP
+44 (0)114 222 4399


I come from a linguistics background, having a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Linguistics from the University of York. As part of my MA, I ran a pilot study examining how study of a foreign language in old age could be used as a therapy against cognitive decline. Since 2014, I have been studying for a PhD as part of the Technology for Healthy Aging and Wellbeing (THAW) network.

PhD Research Project

I am using machine learning to identify the early signs of depression in older adults. In conjunction with this, I am exploring older adults’ views of technology to support mental health, and the integration of such technologies in health care services.


Prof Mark Hawley , School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield

Prof Robert Harrison , Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield

Dr Laura Brown , School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester

Research Interests

My research interests lie in mental health, dementia, psycholinguistics, innovative assessment, innovative prevention, and machine learning.


Andrews, J.A., Harrison, R.F., Brown, L.J.E., MacLean, L.M., Hwang, F., Smith, T., Williams, E.A., Timon, C., Adlam, T., Khadra, H. and Astell A.J., (2017). Using the NANA toolkit at home to predict older adults' future depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. Vol. 213, pp. 187-190.

Key presentations

Andrews, J.A., Astell, A.J., Brown, L.J.E., (2016). Technology for mental health in later life: Is it a practical solution? British Society of Gerontology Conference 2016, Stirling University, UK.

Andrews, J.A., Harrison, R.F., Brown, L.J.E., Astell, A.J. (2015). Developing a model for detection of the onset of depression in older adults. Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference 2015, Calgary, Canada.

Andrews, J.A. (2015). Catch it quicker: Can we use technology to detect the early signs of mental health difficulties in older adults? THAW launch event, University of Sheffield.

Andrews, J.A. (2014). Using new technology for early detection of mental health problems in older adults. Global Health North East Network Day 2014, Durham University.


I coordinate a series of Peer Led Seminars, which allow experienced students to share their knowledge and skills with other students in the faculty.