Logopedics

Logopedia

Teaching and research in the field of logopedics are centred on the development, disorders, assessment and rehabilitation of speech, language, voice, communication and swallowing functions, as well as the impact of potential background factors on these abilities/functions.

Those graduating with a Master of Arts degree in logopedics can apply for the right to practise as licensed health care professionals with the title of speech therapist. Speech therapists work in environments such as health care centres and hospitals, as self-employed entrepreneurs and in various expert positions.

Students majoring in logopedics can complete both the Bachelor of Arts degree (first-cycle degree) and the Master of Arts degree (second-cycle degree).

The Bachelor of Arts degree in logopedics aims to provide graduates with fundamental knowledge of the various fields in logopedics, as well as the research methods used. In addition to basic and intermediate studies in the major subject, the degree structure includes studies in general linguistics and medicine. Psychology is a mandatory minor subject for students with logopedics as their major subject. The Bachelor’s thesis included in the Bachelor of Arts degree is written during the third year of studies. Students with logopedics as the major subject will complete altogether four brief training periods during their studies leading to a Master’s degree (see the section on teaching clinic operations). Three of these periods are included in the Bachelor of Arts degree programme.

The objective of the Master of Arts degree is to advance the knowledge attained during intermediate studies and provide the skills needed to conduct research. The degree includes advanced studies in logopedics, a written examination and a Master’s thesis. Clinical studies in the Master’s degree programme include a brief training period (see the section on teaching clinic operations), as well as a longer, four-month training. The long training period is completed under the supervision of a licensed speech therapist in a social or health care services unit.

Major subject students in logopedics at the University of Helsinki treat some 100 clients each year during their training periods. Clients are referred to the clinic by a speech therapist or physician. In some cases, clients contact the clinic directly.

Patients treated during the training periods completed by students of logopedics are children and adults with various problems related to speech, language and communication (for example, an articulation disorder or a specific language impairment, or impairments of language, speech and interaction caused by a developmental disability, illness or injury), or clients with voice disorders. Training period duration varies between 10 to 20 visits. Therapy visits are usually arranged in facilities provided by the University of Helsinki twice a week. Rehabilitation periods are free of charge to clients. Training is completed under the supervision of a licensed speech therapist.

The coordinator for teaching clinic operations is University Instructor Alisa Ikonen (alisa.ikonen at helsinki.fi; tel: +358 2941 29357). Training Coordinator Jenni Ovaska (jenni.ovaska at helsinki.fi; tel: +358 2941 26604 or +358 50 316 5954) coordinates student training periods for teachers.

Doctoral students in logopedics conduct their studies under one of the doctoral programmes belonging to the Doctoral School in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine, including the following: the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research, the Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind, and the Doctoral Programme in Population Health. Doctoral students in logopedics can also study under the Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Learning and Communication, which belongs to the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Doctoral students completing their dissertation in logopedics hold two to four joint seminars each year, coordinated by the professor in logopedics.

 

Research areas in the discipline of logopedics at the University of Helsinki include

  • Observation of speech in different patient groups (autistic spectrum disorders, children with cochlear implants), as well as the brain mechanisms of speech and language
  • Characteristics of interaction with defective language, as well as supporting interaction
  • Typical and atypical early language development, as well as the predictive value of language development in different groups (e.g., subjects with healthy, normal development or subjects who were born extremely prematurely)
  • The symptoms of specific language impairment and its impact on school selection and subjective quality of life in young adults
  • Language acquisition and the recovery of speech and language abilities in aphasic individuals
  • Changes in speech, language and communication related to normal ageing and memory disorders in individuals communicating with speech and sign language

Research groups

Aphasia Research Group
The group is investigating language disorders in adults caused by damage to or a functional disorder of the cerebral cortex. The group studies the manifestations of aphasia in language use and human-to-human interaction, the practices of aphasia therapy and its effectiveness, as well as the knock-on effects on an individual’s life caused by aphasia.

Early Language Development (ELD) Group
The group investigates the early development of language and communication taking place during the first two years in an individual’s life, its assessment and the predictive value of early language development in relation to later language development.

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Professors
Kimmo
Alho
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

Professor of psychology

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Marko
Elovainio
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Social psychology
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Laura
Hokkanen
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
AH
Annette
Horstmann
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Neurosciences, Psychology
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Iiris
Hovatta
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Neurosciences, Neurology and psychiatry
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Markus
Jokela
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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Teija
Kujala
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Minna Sirpa M
Laakso
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Languages, Logopedics
Anu-Katriina
Pesonen
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

Professor of clinical and developmental psychology
Leader of BA and MA program boards of psychology
Leader of Sleep & Mind Research Group

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Niklas
Ravaja
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Social psychology
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Katri
Räikkönen-Talvitie
Academy Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Teppo
Särkämö
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Neurology and psychiatry, Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts

Teachers
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Marjo
Flykt
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Kati
Heinonen-Tuomaala
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Alisa
Ikonen
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Logopedics
HJ
Heli
Järnefelt
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Markku
Kilpeläinen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Sanna
Koskinen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
IK
Ilmari
Kurki
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
ML
Marja
Laasonen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
JL
Jari Marko
Lahti
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
KL
Kaisa
Launonen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Logopedics
ML
Marjaana
Lindeman-Viitasalo
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
JL
Jari
Lipsanen
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
Petriina
Munck
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Petri
Paavilainen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Satu
Paavola
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Eino Juhani
Partanen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

I am a cognitive neuroscientist, lecturer and work as a clinical neuropsychologist from time to time. Specifically, I teach clinically relevant skills to students, give talks for various professionals on learning, development, the brain and similar topics, but also on more general issues, such as how to cope with work stress and such. In addition, I organize conferences and public events, with more projects being planned related to scientific outreach and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the general public. As I have degrees in both science and psychology, my scientific work combines programming, digital signal processing and clinical psychology. My research interests lie mainly in speech perception, infant auditory capabilities and their development, language development and methodological innovations. My spare time is mostly spent on dancing.

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Seija
Pekkala
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Logopedics
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Laura
Pulkki-Råback
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Riikka
Pyhälä-Neuvonen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Johanna
Rosenqvist
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

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Researchers
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Jaakko Matias
Airaksinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Polina
Girchenko
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Anu
Haavisto
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Christian
Hakulinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Jukka
Häkkinen
University Researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Lilli Emilia
Kimppa
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Languages
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Marius
Lahti-Pulkkinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Soili
Lehto
Research Director
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Neurology and psychiatry, Psychology
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Mona
Liljelund
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Cognitive science, Psychology
Silja
Martikainen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Noelia
Martinez Molina
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Ilmari
Määttänen
University Researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Biological sciences
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Maria
Olkkonen
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Igor
Radun
University Researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Ville
Rantalainen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Toni
Saarela
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
Viljami
Salmela
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Katri
Savolainen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Gintautas
Silinskas
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Juha
Silvanto
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

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Doctoral Students
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Viktória
Balla
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Cognitive science, Logopedics
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Regina
Garcia Velazquez
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Ville Johannes
Harjunen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Laura
Hedlund
Doctoral Student (Research Foundation)
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Cognitive science, Neurosciences
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Vilja
Helminen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Tatu
Huovilainen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Katja
Junttila
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Educational sciences, Logopedics, Cognitive science
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Linda
Kailaheimo-Lönnqvist
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Crista
Kaukinen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
KK
Kaisla
Komulainen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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Tuomas Helmer
Kvist
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Tuomas
Leisti
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Nella
Moisseinen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Cognitive science, Psychology, Neurology and psychiatry, Neurosciences, Computer and information sciences
Emmi
Pentikäinen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Anni
Pitkäniemi
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Neurology and psychiatry, Cognitive science, Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
Rachel
Robinson
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health, Psychology
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Sini-Tuuli
Siponkoski
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Polina
Stoycheva
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Eva
Ståhlberg-Forsen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Anna
Suarez Figueiredo
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

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  • Foni Ry (in Finnish only)
    Foni Ry, the student association for students of logopedics, accepts all students of logopedics at the University of Helsinki as members. Foni conducts cooperation with other associations at its home university, as well as student associations operating in other universities where logopedics is included in the teaching programme. Foni has members from every stage of the educational programme, beginning from freshmen. In addition to recreational activities, Foni organises events in support of studies, such as expert lectures and excursions to companies and associations in the field.
  • Speech Therapist Union (in Finnish and Swedish only)

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laura.hokkanen@helsinki.fi
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00014 University of Helsinki

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