Phil JoddrellPhil Joddrell [BSc Psychology]

PhD Candidate

School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Office: G.08 (The Innovation Centre)


I am a PhD student at the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). My PhD, ‘AcTo Dementia’, is investigating the use of touchscreen technology with people with dementia, with the aim of increasing the accessibility of existing apps.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of York in 2007 and went on to work as an Assistant Psychologist in the older adult services at The Retreat, a not for profit provider of specialist mental health care in York.

In 2013, I decided to make the move into research and joined the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Group within ScHARR, working as a Research Assistant on two projects in the field of dementia care. The ‘InTouch’ project evaluated games on touch screen computers with people with dementia and the ‘DigIT’ project is developing an evidence-based protocol for the evaluation of assistive technology designed for people with dementia.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on improving the quality of life of people diagnosed with dementia using everyday technologies.

Key publications

Astell, A. J., Joddrell, P., Groenewoud, H., de Lange, J., Goumans, M., Cordia, A., & Schikhof, Y. (2016). Does familiarity affect the enjoyment of touchscreen games for people with dementia? International Journal of Medical Informatics.

Joddrell, P., & Cudd, P. (2015). Applying guidelines for evaluating digital technologies for people living with dementia: A case study. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 217, 204–11.

Cudd, P., & Joddrell, P. (2015). Generic evaluation guidelines for digital technologies for people living with dementia. In M. Jordanova & F. Lievens (Eds.), Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates: Knowledge Resources (pp. 420–423). ISfTeH.

Joddrell, P., & Smith, D. (2013). “They’re all going to die...” Our reflections on the myths and realities of relocations within in-patient Specialist Older Adult Services. Clinical Psychology Forum, (249), 27–29.


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