Areas of expertise
In 2020–2021, Paananen teaches two courses in the University of Turku: Humanistic perspectives to health and wellbeing (the Centre for Education and Research on Social and Health Services) and Multiculturality, health, and wellbeing (Asklepios programme).
Paananen lectures about multicultural interaction for various audiences including doctors and other professionals of healthcare and social work.
Currently, Paananen is PI in the project Alongside Dementia, funded by the Academy of Finland (2020-2023). The project is executed in the department of Nursing Science in the University of Turku as a part of the Research programme Older Individuals’ Health, Nursing and Services.
Paananen has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the project Interaction, social inclusion, and mental illness in the University of Helsinki. Paananen defended her doctoral dissertation Constructing mutual understanding in multicultural primary care consultations in March 2019.