Johanna is visiting the Behavioural Science Group at the Primary Care Unit during 2017-2018.
Johanna got intrigued by the opportunities that digital technologies offer for behavioural sciences while developing online courses within the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (WHO collaborating centre). At the University of Helsinki, she worked for an intervention programme for adolescents’ physical activity (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/letsmoveit/inenglish/) and a three-year doctoral project designing, developing and testing a digital health platform as part of a multidisciplinary, EU funded consortium (thepreciousproject.eu).
Johanna is currently analysing intervention data of smartphone interventions with n-of-1 multilevel models and qualitative evaluations. She has conducted research with systematic review and meta-analysis, psychophysiological measures, surveys, interviews, and usability studies with think-aloud methods.
Johanna is interested in factors that support behaviour change, including motivational and self-regulatory elements related to self-determination theory and motivational interviewing. She enjoys developing gamified solutions to support engagement in health behaviours through challenges and fun.
Johanna has been teaching in workshops on basic quantitative methods (correlation, cross tabulation, regression, factorial analysis, ANOVA, MANOVA). She has completed pedagogical teacher training programme.
Johanna is a member of European Health Psychology Society EHPS, and serves as a grant master and liaison officer for the early career researcher network. She wishes to support the engagement of early career researchers in the society activities through the CREATE network (http://www.ehps.net/create).Johanna’s work is supported by the University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme of Social Sciences; Yrjö Jahnsson foundation, and KAUTE foundation “Tutkijat maailmalle” research grant to support ambitious research work in a high quality foreign university or research institution.The research within PRECIOUS project has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 611366.
Knittle, K., Nurmi, J., Crutzen, R., Hankonen, N., Beattie, M. & Dombrowski, S. (2018): How can interventions increase motivation forphysical activity? A systematic review and meta-analysis, Health Psychology Review, doi.org/10.1080/17437199.2018.1435299
Nurmi, J., Hagger, M. S., Haukkala, A., Araújo-Soares, V., & Hankonen, N. (2016). Relations between autonomous motivation and leisure-time physical activity participation: The mediating role of self-regulation techniques. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2015-0222