Team

PhD, Do­cent of Edu­ca­tional Psy­cho­logy | Pro­fessor (UEF), Research Dir­ector (UH)

My research interests include the i) developmental relationships between motivation, achievement and subjective well-being, ii) situational dynamics in motivation and task engagement, and iii) mathematics learning and its antecedents and outcomes. I like to play with statistics software and build models to explain complex data.

Contact Information: markku.niemivirta@helsinki.fi

PhD, Major, Docent of Learning Environment Research | Associate Military Professor (NDU)

My research interests focus on learning environment from viewpoints of motivation and learning and in different contexts (i.e., military education, physical education, and simulations). Examinations of this field in various contexts and with different approaches and methods offer intriguing and challenging paths to explore.

Contact Information: antti-tuomas.pulkka@mil.fi

PhD | Postdoctoral Researcher (UH)

My research interests focus on the interplay between students’ individual characteristics (e.g., individual interest, self-control, and competence perceptions) and motivational states (e.g., situational interest and self-efficacy). I enjoy thinking about complex person × context interactions, and the possibility of coherence in variability in students’ motivation.

Contact Information: anna.tapola@helsinki.fi

PhD | University Lecturer (UH), Collegium Researcher (UTU)

My work links the study of motivation with well-being and explores both among children and young people, especially during educational transitions. Specifically, I investigate individual differences in and developmental trajectories of achievement motivation (e.g., achievement goal orientations, task values) and their associations with various educational and emotional outcomes. My teaching is mostly related to educational psychology and research methods and, as a university lecturer, one of my aims is to pass on a positive attitude towards statistics and quantitative methods. Currently (during 1.7.2019-31.12.2021), I am a Collegium researcher at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), University of Turku.

Contact information: heta.tuominen@helsinki.fi

MEd. | PhD Student (UH)

My dissertation focuses on the relationships between motivation, self-regulation, cognitive skills and academic performance. My special areas of interest are math difficulties and executive functions deficits and interventions targeting either or both of these. I'm also interested in finding the best methods for studying these with a current bias towards person-centered, intensive longitudinal assessments.

Contact Information: henrik.husberg@helsinki.fi

MEd. | PhD Student (UH)

My current research interests include the early development and situational and longitudinal dynamics of students’ interest and competence perceptions - "the want and can" of motivation. I am also eager to learn more about different statistical methods, which enable studying the evolvement of motivation in specific task situations and over time.

Contact Information: katariina.nuutila@helsinki.fi

MEd. | PhD Student (UH)

My dissertation focuses on the dimensionality of innate temperamental sensitivities and the impact of these sensitivities on motivation in a learning context. I have a keen interest in developing my skills in statistical methodology, in order to examine these complex connections more accurately. Ultimately, I hope my research might produce new knowledge that could be used to help all students find the joy of learning.

Contact Information: anna.rawlings@helsinki.fi

MEd. | PhD Stu­dent (UH)

My research interests are in motivation and academic well-being outcomes. My dissertation focuses on the situational and developmental dynamics of motivation and well-being in university students. I also enjoy learning more about statistical methods in order to find the meaning behind the numbers, and to understand the complexity of motivation, learning, and well-being better.

Contact Information: henriikka.juntunen@helsinki.fi

Master's Stu­dent | Intern (UH)

My interests are in learning, motivation, perfectionism, and academic well-being outcomes. My Master's thesis focused on the associations between upper secondary school students' perfectionism profiles and achievement goal orientations.

Contact Information: anna.kuusi-naumanen@helsinki.fi