Gunilla Isaksson submitted her doctoral thesis in 2007.

The story at the heart of her research

Published: 20 November 2013

Stories about people´s lives and everyday living has always been at the center of Gunilla Isaksson´s research interest.
-It´s important to listen to people´s stories when you go into a rehabilitation program, says the assistant professor of occupational therapy at the Department of Health.

Gunilla Isaksson became assistant professor Oct. 1, 2013.
Friday, November 22, she holds her docent lecture under the title People's tale of everyday life.
Room: A 109, Time: 13.0015.00.

The stories that Gunilla Isaksson have met during her research has sometimes been dramatic. Like when she was in her doctoral thesis (2007) interviewed women who suddenly suffered spinal cord injury.
Damage changed drastically the need for support from various networks in everyday life.
Since then she has continued to use the story as a tool for research.
-When setting open questions such as "tell me about how your everyday look" you get other answers than if you say "do you have a lot of pain today," or "will you be able to do your job?"
-Then maybe people rather talk about how hard it is to get together the balance between work and rest. You catch things you did not know you could get, the unexpected comes when you ask an open question.
-Through the stories you get their reflection and reasoning in relation to their own lives and how it has become. It can provide a deeper understanding of their situation, says Gunilla Isaksson.
Gunilla Isaksson hopes that her research will be of practical use for occupational therapists.
-I think this would ought to come out more in the clinical practice. We lean still pretty much on various interview instruments, we also need to do, but they should be supplemented with capturing people's life stories more than we do today, she says.

Gunilla Isaksson doctorated in 2007 with the dissertation The social network's impact on participation in daily activities.
Since then he has also done research on social interaction for the elderly, aging with a spinal cord injury, daily activities for adults with ADHD and strategies for everyday life in long-term sick women.
Gunilla Isaksson has with others been supervisor for several PhD projects in occupational therapy. One is Anneli Nyman's project on the importance of the living community to be able to change their lives.
Anneli Nyman presented his doctoral thesis he 4 October 2013.
Gunilla Isaksson is currently involved in three ongoing or planned PhD project.
The student Ulrica Lundström's projects are about people with spinal cord injury (RMS), Jenni, Riekkola Carabantes focuses on everyday activities of elderly couple in the home, where one party periodically staying in temporary accommodation as relief.
A project with a similar focus as Jenni's is planned early next year for a student from the U.S., Jenny Womack. She will study the conditions in the United States.
Gunilla Isaksson is also involved in a PhD project in physiotherapy. The student Tommy Calners project involves people with chronic pain. Gunilla Isaksson will be co-author of two sub-studies