Principal investigators, affliated researchers and doctoral students.
Marko Elovainio, PhD, Professor
Professor of psychological development and wellbeing
Professor Elovainio has a special interest in social epidemiology, occupational health psychology and research on the risk factors of depression, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and inter-generational transmission of health and wellbeing.
He is leading the Social ties and health and PSYSO NETWORK studies and the coordinator of the Health Professionals follow up study and co-coordinator of the Finnish Adoption (FInAdo) study and Young Finns –psychology –study.
Laura Pulkki-Råback, PhD, University Lecturer
Lecturer of psychological development and wellbeing
Doctor Pulkki-Råback has a special interest in life-course epidemiology, socioeconomic differences in health, and development of lifestyle-related disorders. She has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and several academic appointments.
She is co-leader of the Psychosocial Factors Sector in the Young Finns Study. This is a cohort study following up 3,596 Finnish individuals from childhood to adulthood, with a focus on the development of cardiometabolic health factors over the lifespan.
She is leader of the Psychosocial Factors Sector in the Special Turku Intervention Study, which is an randomized-controlled intervention examining how an early-initiated lifestyle intervention affects cardio-metabolic risks over the lifespan.
Taina Hintsa, PhD, Title of Docent
University Lecturer of Psychology
Doctor Hintsa has a special interest in personality, occupational health psychology and health psychology, and research on both the risk factors and promoting factors of wellbeing and health.
Hintsa has been leading a project about psychosocial risks in Long QT Syndrome and Teachers’ Wellbeing at Work (TWW). She has also studied risk factors of wellbeing and health in population-based Psychosocial factors in the Young Finns Study.
Anna Serlachius, PhD
Doctor Anna Serlachius is a lecturer in health psychology, Department of Psychological Medicine, The University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
The special research Interests are self-management in chronic illness, health technology interventions in chronic illness, stress and coping, cardio-metabolic health, protective factors in chronic illness (e.g. social support, optimism)
Current PhD Students