Anni Pakarinen profile picture
Senior Researcher, Department of Nursing Science
Development Manager, Department of Nursing Science
Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD, MHSc, RN
Gamification for Health Promotion- Research group


+358 29 450 4711
+358 50 440 9740
Joukahaisenkatu 3-5

Areas of expertise

Health promotion
health games
Wellbeing of children
adolescents and families


I am a registered nurse (medical-surgical) and PhD (nursing science). Currently, I am working as a Senior researcher and Development Manager in the Department of Nursing Science. 


Currently and during next semester, I am teaching in the following courses: Digital culture and health (Asklepios), Research and reportage in Nursing Science and Case management (continuing education). I also teach to Future Health and Technology-international master students in following courses: Research and reportage in Nursing Science and Digitalisation supporting Clinical Nursing. I also supervise students in Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. 


My research focuses on health promotion and digital interventions, particularly on serious games and gamified applications. My research approaches the topic from many perspectives; development through user-centered design process, evaluation of the usability, feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention, as well as the implementation process of digital interventions. The research aims to provide both the knowledge and methods to support the work of professionals, to promote the health of individuals and to support the use of high-quality and evidence-based digital interventions in health and social care for disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The aim is also to provide information that can be used in the design and development of new digital interventions for health promotion purposes. 


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