Early life risk and long-term resilience

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Research group leader

Research group description

We are a multidisciplinary international team of researchers who study the interplay of biological and sociocultural early life risks such as preterm birth, immigrant or ethnic minority status, and infant regulatory problems. Our main goals are to identify protective factors and developmental processes underlying resilience and differential susceptibility across the life course.

We work closely with different research groups here at University of Oulu in the Faculty of Medicine and across the world, for example with the Adults born Preterm International Collaboration, the team for family centered care and neonatal follow-up at University Hospital Essen in Germany, and the WECS team at Columbia University (https://nurturescienceprogram.org/nsp-team/martha-welch/).

Selected publications

Jaekel, J., Heinonen, K., Baumann, N., Bilgin, A., Pyhälä, R., Sorg, C., & Räikkönen, K., Wolke, D. (2023). Associations of crying, sleeping, and feeding problems in early childhood and perceived social support with emotional disorders in adulthood. BMC Psychiatry, 23 (394). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-023-04854-1

Jaekel, J., Anderson, P. J., Bartmann, P., Cheong, J. L. Y., Doyle, L. W., Hack, M., Johnson, S., Marlow, N., Saigal, S., Schmidt, L., Sullivan, M. C., & Wolke, D. (2021). Mathematical performance in childhood and early adult outcomes after very preterm birth: an individual participant data meta-analysis. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 64(4), 421-428. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.15132

Jaekel, J., Heuser, K., Zapf, A., Roll, C., Brevis Nuñez, F., Bartmann, P., Wolke, D., Felderhoff-Mueser, U., & Huening, B. (2020). Preterm children’s long-term academic performance after adaptive computerized training: an efficacy and process analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Research, 89, 1492–1499. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41390-020-01114-w.

Wolke, D., Baumann, N., Jaekel, J., Pyhälä, R., Heinonen, K., Räikkönen, K., Sorg, C., & Bilgin, A. (2023). The association of early regulatory problems with behavioral problems and cognitive functioning in adulthood: Two cohorts in two countries. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 64, 876-885. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13742

Recently funded projects

The Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation has funded the project Psychosomatic risk and resilience from birth to adulthood. Several new collaborations have emerged from this project, manuscripts are currently under review.