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Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculty of Social Sciences

Johanna RuusuvuoriRuusuvuori Johanna

Professor of Social Psychology
Tel: +358-050-3186151
Phone: 050 318 6151
Office: LINNA 5068



Emotion in interaction
Intertwine of vocal and non-vocal interaction
Social interaction at work (professionals, clients and multiprofessional cooperation)
Work-life participation (quality of working life, rehabilitation, workplace accommodation)
Practices, processes and effectiveness in the provision of health care
Digitalization of health care services
Qualitative methodology in social sciences
Interview as data-gathering method
Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis

Ongoing research projects

Evidence-based health promotion@work. (Academy of Finland/SRC) 2016-2019.

Health care workers’ changing position in the digitalization of health care services (The Finnish Work Environment Fund) 2017-2020  

Return to work negotiation in supporting work-ability. (UTa & FIOH; The Finnish Work Environment Fund) 2015-2018


Earlier research projects

Group counselling for lifestyle change. Group interaction and technologically mediated counselling as part of personalized health care (UTa & FIOH; Juho Vainio Foundation) 2014-2015,

Communication with the help of a hearing-aid. A comparative study of persons with acquired hearing loss within their interactions in private settings and with hearing health practitioners 2010-2014,  (Ruusuvuori)

Family-centered care in maternity and child health care clinics 2008-2014Supporting work-life participation of people with hearing impairment  2011-2013

Recent publications

Logren A, Ruusuvuori J & Laitinen J (2017). Self-reflective talk in group counselling. Discourse Studies 19:4: 422-440. DOI: 10.1177/1461445617706771

Logren A, Ruusuvuori J & Laitinen J (2017). Group members’ questions shape participation in health counselling and health education. Patient Education and Counseling, published online May 6th. DOI:

Ruusuvuori J & Tiittula L (2017). Tutkimushaastattelu ja vuorovaikutus [Research interview and interaction]. In: Hyvärinen M, Nikander P & Ruusuvuori J (eds.) Tutkimushaastattelun käsikirja [Handbook of Research Interview] Tampere: Vastapaino, 46–86.

Ruusuvuori J & Nikander P (2017) Haastatteluaineiston litterointi [Transcription of interview data]. In: Hyvärinen M, Nikander P & Ruusuvuori J (eds.) Tutkimushaastattelun käsikirja [Handbook of Research Interview] Tampere: Vastapaino, 427–444.

Peräkylä A & Ruusuvuori J (2017). Analyzing talk & text. In: Denzin & Lincoln (eds.) Handbook of Qualitative Research, 5th edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 669–690.

Ruusuvuori J (2016). Katse [The gaze]. In: Stevanovic M & Lindholm C (eds.) Keskustelunanalyysi. Kuinka tutkia sosiaalista toimintaa ja vuorovaikutusta [Conversation analysis. How to study social action and interaction]. Tampere: Vastapaino, 47-62.

Ruusuvuori J (2016). Comment: The constituents of rapport in a standardized survey interview. Sociological Methodology 1-3. DOI: 10.1177/0081175016644898

Koskela Inka, Ruusuvuori Johanna, Juvonen-Posti Pirjo, Nevala Nina, Husman Päivi, Aaltonen Tarja, Lonka Eila, Laakso Minna. (2016). Dilemmatic group memberships of hard-of-hearing employees during the process of acquiring and adapting to the use of hearing aids. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research.

Ruusuvuori J & Nikander P (2016). Puheen litterointikäytännöistä eri tutkimustarkoituksiin [On transcribing data for different research purposes]. In Tiittula L. & Nuolijärvi P (eds.) Puheesta tekstiksi. Puheen kirjallisen esittämisen alueita, keinoja ja rajoja. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 63–86.

Kaukomaa T, Peräkylä A & Ruusuvuori J (2015). How Listeners Use Facial Expression to Shift the Emotional Stance of the Speaker’s Utterance. Research on Language and Social Interaction 48:3: 319-341.

Ruusuvuori J. Facial expression. (2015). In: Tracy, K., Ilie, C. & Sandel, T. (eds.). The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118611463

Tiitinen S & Ruusuvuori J (2015). Producing gendered parenthood in child health clinics. Discourse & Society 26:1:113—132.

Kaukomaa T, Peräkylä A & Ruusuvuori J (2014). Foreshadowing a problem: Turn-opening frowns in conversation.  Journal of Pragmatics, Volume 71, September 2014, Pages 132-147

Nevala N, Pehkonen I, Koskela I, Ruusuvuori J & Anttila H (2014). Workplace Accommodation Among Persons with Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Its Effectiveness and Barriers or Facilitators. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Available online DOI 10.1007/s10926-014-9548-z

Ruusuvuori J. Patient-healer communication. (2014). In: Cockerham W.C., Dingwall R. & Quah S. (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. John Wiley & Sons Inc. DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs141

Tiitinen S & Ruusuvuori J. (2014). Encouraging parents to talk about their problems: Multimodal analysis of formulating and gaze in maternity and child health clinics. Research on Language and Social Interaction 47:1, 49-68.

Reprint of Ruusuvuori J (2013). Managing affect. Integration of empathy and problem solving in two types of medical consultation. Discourse Studies 2007:9(5): 597-620. Reprinted in Drew P & Heritage J (eds.). Contemporary Studies in Conversation Analysis.  ISBN: 978-1-4462-0868-7, SAGE Publications Ltd

Hirvenkari L, Ruusuvuori J, Saarinen V-M, Kivioja M, Peräkylä A & Hari R. (2013). Influence of Turn-Taking in a Two-Person Conversation on the Gaze of a Viewer. Plos One 8 (8), e71569.

Kaukomaa T, Peräkylä A & Ruusuvuori J. (2013). Turn-opening smiles. Journal of Pragmatics 55: 21–42.

Aaltonen T, Aro J, Laakso M, Lonka E & Ruusuvuori J. (2013). Hahmoton häpeä ja kuulokojekuntoutus. [Feelings of shame in hearing aid rehabilitation]. Kuntoutus [Rehabilitation] 2: 17–28.

Tiitinen S, Homanen R, Lindfors P & Ruusuvuori J. (2013). Approaches used in investigating family support in transition to parenthood. Health Promotion International. doi:10.1093/heapro/das077 (advance access)

Ruusuvuori J.  Emotion, affect and conversation analysis (2013). In: Sidnell J & Stivers T (eds.) Handbook of conversation analysis, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 330-349.

Peräkylä A & Ruusuvuori J. (2012) Facial expression as pursuit of response. In: Peräkylä A & Sorjonen M-L. (eds.) Emotion in Interaction. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 64–91.

Tiitinen S & Ruusuvuori J. (2012).  Engaging parents through gaze: Speaker selection in three-party interactions in maternity clinics. Patient Education and Counseling 89: 38–43.

Peräkylä A & Ruusuvuori J (2011) Analyzing talk and text. In: Denzin N & Lincoln Y. (eds.) Handbook of qualitative research, 4/e. Sage Publications, Los Angeles.

Voutilainen L, Peräkylä A, Ruusuvuori J. (2011). Therapeutic change in interaction: conversation analysis of a transforming sequence. Psychotherapy Research 21: 3: May 2011, pages 348-365.

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