Imperial College London

Sarah P. Jones

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Postgraduate



+44 (0)20 3312 5324s.jones12




Institute of Global Health InnovationQueen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





IGHIGlobal Mental Health and Workplace Mental Health Training research and Global COVID19 health policy behavioural compliance Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College

Read the Lancet Public Health study on the effect of COVID-19 government lockdown, social distancing and containment policies on Mental Health.


Co-creator, survey designer for behavioural insights in the 29 country survey tracking COVID-19 related health behaviour, anxiety and depression symptoms, masks and vaccines, life satisfaction, with YouGov data, provided for the public good.  Download the data from GitHub.

Download the 40 COVID-19 reports series here.

Read here how The Economist interprets mask wearing in the dataset (pdf) or here on how the World Economic Forum views the importance of these behavioural insights for understanding of the effects of COVID (pdf).

Watch the speaking engagement at the World Health Organization Epidemic Information Network (EPI-WIN) where behavioural insights on COVID mask wearing is discussed:

Presentation of COVID-19 Behavioral Insights at the World Health Organization Epidemic Information Network Webinar June 2020

Mask DataWEF





OTHER Collaborators & CO-authors:  

Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization 

 Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School 

Yi-Ke Guo, Professor of Computing Science, Imperial College London

Naomi Radcliffe, Head of Technology Policy, NHSx

Melanie Leis, Director - Big Data Analytics Unit (BDAU)

Roberto Crespo, Analytics Fellow, Big Data Analytics Unit (BDAU)

David Birch, Leader, Data Visualisation Group, Data Science Institute, Imperial College London

Big data visualisations in the factorial analysis of risk factors and resource planning for non-public sector health providers, with the Data Observatory, a data visualisation hub and decision making space housed within the Data Science Institute at Imperial College

Technology acceptance of mHealth behaviour change interventions, the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College

mHealth global health policy and mental health at the Centre for Health Policy, Imperial College and Fellow of WISH, World Innovation Summit for Health 

Using big data to understand emerging consumer psychological attitudes and preferences in health behaviour change.


Peer reviewer, Journal of Medical Internet Research (Impact Factor 4.945)



Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

Selected Journals and News

Read more about Mental Health Intelligence study, mental health awareness for the workplace.

Mental health awareness training

Download the article How Google's 'Ten Things We Know To Be True' Could Guide the Development of Mental Health Apps for free:



From 2011 to 2030, mental health conditions are projected to cost the global economy $16 trillion through lost labor and capital output. The gold standard of psychological interventions, one-on-one therapy, is too costly and too labor-intensive to keep up with the projected growth in demand for mental health services. Therefore, new solutions are needed to improve the efficiency of mental health care delivery and to increase patient self-care. Because 85 percent of the world’s population has wireless signal coverage, there is an unprecedented opportunity for mobile technologies to incorporate psychological self-care into people’s daily lives and relieve workforce shortages. In this article, we suggest that policy makers look to technology innovators for guidance. For example, Google’s principles, called “Ten Things We Know To Be True,” are useful for understanding the drivers of success in mobile technologies. For principles such as “focus on the user and all else will follow,” we identify examples of how evidence-based mobile mental health technologies could increase patient self-care and reduce the demand for one-on-one psychological intervention.

Read other articles about mHealth and mMental Health citing this work here.

Read more about my and the ICL Data Science Institute's contribution to understanding national mental health help seeking behaviour here.

Read more about my discussion with the FT's Andrew Jack on mobile health innovation in Africa.


Listen to the Imperial College  podcast about a project  in mobile apps for stress and  anxiety supervised by  Professor the Lord Ara Darzi  at the Institute of Global  Health Innovation at  Imperial College London, or read about Lord Darzi's view on the potential for smart phones in the area of mental health here.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Aknin LB, Andretti B, Goldszmidt R, et al., 2022, Policy stringency and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal analysis of data from 15 countries, The Lancet Public Health, Vol:7, ISSN:2468-2667

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