Jacob Andrews cropped imageDr Jacob Andrews

Research Associate

BA hons (Sheffield), MA (York), PhD (Sheffield)

jacob.andrews@sheffield.ac.uk

Telephone: 0114 22 26471
Room: Elmfield B07

Profile

Jacob joined the Department of Sociology in 2018 to work on the project 'Tracking Ourselves?' led by Dr Kate Weiner.

Jacob completed his PhD in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) between 2014 and 2018. His PhD involved working with older adults and healthcare staff to explore the potential of using digital technologies to predict future depression and anxiety in older adults.

During 2017 and 2018, Jacob worked part time on several projects in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH).

His prior work has involved teaching and leading modules at postgraduate level.

Jacob co-created the TechnoTherapies special interest group with Dr Katherine Easton. He is also a member of the British Society of Gerontology.

Research

Jacob’s research interests are in exploring the innovative use of technology in assessment and prevention within healthcare. His current post is on the 'Tracking Ourselves?' project, which is led by Dr Kate Weiner and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project explores self-tracking in the context of blood pressure monitors and BMI scales.

In 2017 and 2018, Jacob worked in the Mental Health Research Unit in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). In these roles, he co-developed grant applications for projects relating to mental health and digital technologies, including the Internet of Things. These roles also involved considering public perspectives on the use of digital technologies to support mental health.

Jacob’s PhD was awarded in 2018. This involved working with older adults and healthcare staff to explore the potential of using digital technologies to predict mental health difficulties in older adults

Publications

Publications:

Andrews J.A., Brown L.J., Hawley M.S., Astell A.J. (2019). Older Adults’ Perspectives on Using Digital Technology to Maintain Good Mental Health: Interactive Group Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2019;21(2):e11694

Astell, A.J., Andrews, J., Bennion, M., Clayton, D., Dove, D., Ellis, M.P., Hwang, F., Mcgrath, C. & Williams E.A. (2018). COBALT, TUNGSTEN, and THAW: New tools for engaging older adults as technology experts. Gerontechnology, 17(suppl), p76s.

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.

Andrews, J.A., Astell, A.J., Brown, L.J.E., Harrison, R.F., Hawley, M.S. (2017). Technology for Early Detection of Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults. Studies in Health Technologies and Informatics. Vol 242, pp374-380.

Presentations:

Andrews, J.A., Harrison, R.F., Brown, L.J.E., Hawley, M.S. (2017). Predicting anxiety in older adults using self-reported mood and appetite data from digital devices. 9th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions, Berlin, Germany.

Andrews, J.A., Astell, A.J., Brown, L.J.E., Harrison, R.F., Hawley, M.S. (2017). Technology for early detection of depression and anxiety in older people. Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe 2017, University of Sheffield, UK.

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.