In the words of Professor Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen, her Chair of
Applied Psychology at the University of Helsinki "stands on publications
in the field of psychosomatics, or rather, behavioural medicine".
Psychosomatics studies the relationship between personality, behaviour
and illness, and the mechanisms through which the psyche increases risk
factors for illness. Keltikangas-Järvinen has written about
psychosocial risk factors in the etiology of coronary heart disease, and
on the relationship between stress, personality, physiology and
Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen completed her doctoral dissertation on the
personality traits of aggressive criminals and self-destructive persons
in 1977. She developed the same topic further in her book Väkivalta ja
Keltikangas and her research group have also studied social development
in children and adolescents, and especially the relationships between
aggression, motivation and social cognition. She has recently published
a book on healthy self-esteem.
1 Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen and Katri Räikkönen, the first
student in her research group to finish a dissertation in early 1990s.
2 At the public defense of the dissertation of
Katariina Salmela-Aho, 1997. Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen as custodian,
prof. Brian Little as opponent.
Photos: Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen