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Katja Kuusisto

Professor, Leader of the TRANSFORM Research Platform

About me

Adjunct Professor in social work, University of Jyväskylä 

Fields of expertise

Substance abuse and its treatment
Treatment effectiveness
Recovery, especially spontaneous recovery
Client's self-efficacy expectations and expectations towards treatment
Working alliance
Client's and therapist's gender, impact on client-therapist relationship
Quantitative, qualitative and triangulative research methods
University pedagogy, especially web-based learning, guidance, assessment

Research topics

social work: substance abuse treatment, therapists, clients, treatment effectiveness, recovery, social work with adults, therapeutic social work, legal issues
university pedagogy: web-based learning, blended learning, guidance, assessment

Research unit

Faculty of Social Sciences, social work, Tampere University

Research fields

social work, social sciences, psychotherapy, psychology, university pedagogy


Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (2021-2023; 2023–2025), Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies (2003-2009; 2019), Academy of Finland (2007-2010)