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Research interests

I have an interest in new and emerging technologies (VR, AR, Voice assisted technology, IoT devices) and how they can be used to support self-monitoring and management in people with long term health conditions (e.g. Parkinson's, dementia, mental health, COPD, stroke). I am also interested in how these technologies can support people within caring roles, or within care settings (e.g. assisted living).  

I have a clinical background as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), and so am always interested in projects exploring how digital technology can support SLT practice. 

My current active projects are exploring:

  • The detection of mental health behaviours relating to self-harm, and binge eating and bulimia using mobile phone interactions
  • The Co-Design of mobile applications to support clinical training of SLTs in Ghana
  • The role of Alexa to support people with Parkinson's in improving speech clarity
  • The use of the SPHERE platform (home based sensing) in detecting symptoms of Parkinson's
  • Data supported decision making in COPD care (PhD supervision of Helena Tendedez, Lancaster Uni)
  • The Co-Design of VR experiences with people transitioning into assisted living facilities 


I am currently accepting PhD students

External positions

Visiting Researcher, Newcastle University

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Digital Health

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Research Output

  • 17 Conference Paper
  • 13 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 9 Article (Academic Journal)

Co-designing Digital Tools to Enhance Speech and Language Therapy Training in Ghana

Mcnaney, R., Hudson, L. E., Amponsah, C., Ohenewa, J., Marshall, J., Akua Owusu, N., Hussein, K., Linington, J., Banks Gross, Z. & stokes, J., 2020, Proceedings of CHI'2020. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

  • Deep learning-based automated speech detection as a marker of social functioning in late-life depression

    Mcnaney, R., Little, B., Alshabrawy, O., Stow, D., Jackson, D., Ladha, K., Ferrier, N., Ladha, C., Ploetz, T., Bacardit, J., Olivier, P., Gallagher, P. & O'Brien, J., 16 Jan 2020, In : Psychological Medicine. p. 1-10

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • Future Opportunities for IoT to Support People with Parkinson’s

    Mcnaney, R., Synnott, J. & Tsekleves, E., 2020, Proceedings of CHI'20.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)