Name:

Andrea Taylor MA, BA

Job Title:

Research Fellow, School of Design

Department:

School of Design

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Rehabilitation over a distance
in collaboration with the Centre for Rural Health and NHS Highland

Rehabilitation over a distance

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Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor is a Research Fellow within the School of Design at The Glasgow School of Art. She has a research and supervisory interest in participatory design of products, services and systems that use technology to support individuals’ health and wellbeing. She has presented nationally and internationally, and as invited speaker at the V&A museum ‘Art, Design and New Technology for Health’ Sackler Conference (2015). Andrea’s core expertise is interaction design and visual communication design.

A current line of enquiry is in the area of digital technologies, such as apps and websites, designed to support young people aged 12–18 years to promote their mental wellbeing, in collaboration with NHS Grampian (Forres Public Health team and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)) and a local secondary school. Previous projects have mostly focused on ageing populations—in particular, telecare (personal and environmental sensors in the home) and telehealth (remote care of patients in their own homes).

Recent research work includes: designing a framework in which to guide the planning and development of a Virtual Hospice service to improve access to hospice care, in collaboration with Highland Hospice (centre of specialist palliative care) and the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI); and assisting concept design development of home energy saving technology, in collaboration with GSA Product Design Engineering (PDE), Strathclyde University and Herriot-Watt University.

Past research work includes: assisting innovation of the telecare community alarm, in collaboration with Chubb Community Care, Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership and GSA PDE; designing an Internet-based system for patients with COPD to take part in rehabilitation classes from their own homes, in collaboration with NHS Highland and University of Aberdeen; and assisting the pilot of a new service to support people with COPD to stay well, in collaboration with the Met Office, The Moray Council, and the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare.

Andrea studied Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art and holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Visual Communication Design. Before joining GSA, Andrea worked as a Research Assistant at MIT Media Lab Europe. Other professional experience includes design and programming of interactive exhibits (London Science Museum) and multimedia learning materials (University of Strathclyde), and teaching BA Graphic Design New Media (Surrey Institute of Art and Design) and BA Graphic Information Design (University of Westminster). Outside work at GSA, Andrea freelances as a web designer and developer.