Stuart Ekberg

Stuart Ekberg

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Stuart Ekberg, Visiting Research Fellow - TITLEHOLDER.
With support from the Australian Research Council through the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme, my research explores social interaction across diverse settings:
Clinical interactions (psychotherapy, paediatric palliative care, paediatric speech-language pathology, community aged care)
Online interactions (videoconferencing, text-based ‘chat rooms’)
Mundane interactions (i.e. everyday conversations between family members and friends)
Educational interactions (e.g. in preschools)

Most of my research is within a field known as Conversation Analysis (CA), which analyses naturally occurring (‘real world’) social interactions. This allows for fascinating – and sometimes very surprising – insights into the way we interact with each other.

With support from the Australian Research Council through the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme, my research explores social interaction across diverse settings:

  • Clinical interactions (psychotherapy, paediatric palliative care, paediatric speech-language pathology, community aged care)
  • Online interactions (videoconferencing, text-based ‘chat rooms’)
  • Mundane interactions (i.e. everyday conversations between family members and friends)
  • Educational interactions (e.g. in preschools)

Most of my research is within a field known as Conversation Analysis (CA), which analyses naturally occurring (‘real world’) social interactions. This allows for fascinating – and sometimes very surprising – insights into the way we interact with each other.

  1. Danby, S., Ekberg. S., Rendle-Short, J., Yates, P., Bradford, N., Herbert, A., Bluebond-Langner, M. (2017). Extraordinary yet mundane talk: Children navigating palliative care. Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP180101941). $588,592.
  2. Ekberg, S. (2017). Acknowledging the elephant in the room: References to dying in paediatric palliative care consultations. Children's Hospital Foundation Travel Grant. $7,500.
  3. Ekberg, S. (2016). Talking about Troubles: A comparison of everyday and therapeutic talk. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE170100026). $312,000.
  4. Ekberg, S., Yates, P., Danby, S., Herbert, A. & Bradford, N. (2016). The 'So Many Questions' Project. Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd. €40,638 (A$56,749).
  5. Leydon-Hudson, G., Little, P., Moore, M., Ekberg, S., Heritage, J., Drew, P., Stuart, B., Stevenson, F., Ogden, J., Chew-Graham, C., Mercer, S. & Brindle, L. (2012). A proof of concept trial to improve elicitation of patients’ concerns in primary care consultations, UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research grant, £39,677 (A$67,631).

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