Professor Arlene Astell

Arlene Astell, PhD, BSc (Hons), Clin Psych 

Professor of Health Services Research at University of Sheffield and Honorary Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews.

Speaker Biography

Arlene is a Professor in CATCH (Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare; University of Sheffield) and Ontario Shores Research Chair in Community Management of Dementia, Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on supporting people to live and age well combining psychological models of behaviour with creative applications of technology. Recent projects include NANA (Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing), for older adults to record diet and other data and COBALT (Challenging Obstacles and Barriers to Assisted Living Technologies) to increase adoption of ALTs. She also leads THAW (Technology for Healthy Ageing and Wellbeing) a new interdisciplinary research network to support later life mental health.

Professor Astell is presenting as part of the afternoon Plenary on Day 1.

‘Embracing technology as part of treatment and support and understanding its potential to assist in the management of long-term conditions.

Moderated by Pauline Mulholland MBE, Lead Dietitian, South Eastern Trust & BDA Honorary Treasurer.

Professor Astell will address
‘What can we do with NANA: Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing? 


NANA (Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing) is a touch screen application developed to collect information about what people eat and drink, their mood,cognitive function and physical activity. This presentation will summarise the NANA research and invite the audience to help us identify how we can take it forward.