PSYCHOSOCIAL PATHS TO EXCLUSION: Research team

Anja Taanila, PhD (Educ.), Professor of Public Health Science, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Managing Director of the NFBC project centre and principle investigator of the two research lines:

1) Social exclusion and well-being resources in Northern Finland: Epidemiological studies among two birth cohorts born in 1966 and 1986, which deals with social marginalisation and regional inequality in health and social services.
2) Intellectual disability and neurological disorders from the viewpoint of the assessment and development of service structure, concerning the impacts of intellectual disability and neurologic morbidity on people’s lives and the services they get.

Arja Rautio, MD, PhD, director, Centre for Arctic Medicine, Thule Institute, University of Oulu. She is a medical doctor and a docent in pharmacology and toxicology. Her recent studies have been directed towards special issues of clinical pharmacology and toxicology (e.g. air pollution and respiratory health), environmental health and modelling holistic health.

Jukka Savolainen, Ph.D. (Sociology), is Nancy and David Speer Visiting Professor of Finnish Studies at the University of Minnesota (2007-2008) and Senior Research Analyst at the National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Finland. Starting in the Fall of 2008, Dr. Savolainen will join the School of Criminology at the University of Nebraska as an Associate Professor (with tenure). His is currently the PI in a longitudinal, population register based study of criminal recidivism in a national sample of Finnish offenders. Dr. Savolainen was a Co-PI in a comparative study of homicide patterns in Finland and the United States.
As a member of the Northern Finland Cohort Study group, Dr. Savolainen is focused on developmental risk and protective factors of adolescent antisocial behaviour and adult criminality. The social embeddedness of various biological and neuro-cognitive risk factors is of particular interest in his research agenda.

Ellen Ek, licensed health psychologist, Lic. Arts, junior research fellow, PhD student. She has finished her dissertation thesis at Helsinki University on the psychosocial resources and work-related well-being of young adults, and the developmental and social predictors of these resources. Her other research interests have been the dynamics of successful entrance into the labour market and early signs of marginalisation. Her future research interests lie in investigating psychosocial resources, their development and associations with well-being, taking into account the micro- and macro-environmental social context. She works as a private entrepreneur providing career, health and work-related psychological counselling.

Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, MD, PhD, MSc, professor, (epidemiology, health economics, health policies), Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, leader of the entire Northern Finland birth cohort project. She also has a post as professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College, London, UK.

Irma Moilanen, MD, PhD, professor, Child Psychiatry, Clinic of child psychiatry, University Hospital and University of Oulu. She is responsible investigator in the studies concerning ADHD and other psychiatric and behavioural problems of children.

Hanna Ebeling, MD, PhD, professor, Child Psychiatry, Clinic of child psychiatry, University Hospital and University of Oulu. Her study interests have included especially the connection between psychological and somatic roots and aspects of psychiatric disorders, mainly neuropsychiatric study branches Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). In 2012 she has taken the main responsibility as the leader of the Brain, mind and development study project, which is the neuropsychiatric study project of the Clinic of Child Psychiatry of Oulu University and University Hospital.

Näyhä Simo, MD, PhD, professor, specialist in public health, senior consultant in the project, The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu. His main work deals with regional variation of social exclusion and diseases.

Anna-Liisa Hartikainen, MD, PhD, professor, obstetrician and gynaecologist, specialist in perinatology, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oulu University Hospital. She has been working in the project since the 1960s and is responsible for pre- and perinatal data.

Juha Veijola, MD, PhD, Psychiatric, Clinic of Psychiatry, University Hospital and University of Oulu. He is responsible investigator in the studies concerning adults‘ mental health problems.

Pirkko Räsänen, MD, PhD, Psychiatric, professor, Clinic of Psychiatry, University Hospital and University of Oulu. She is responsible investigator in the studies concerning adults‘ mental health problems and her speciality is forensic psychiatry (violent, criminal behaviour).

Kaisa Riala, MD, PhD, Psychiatric, Clinic of Psychiatry, University Hospital and University of Oulu. She is responsible investigator in the studies concerning adolescent predictors of adult social and psychiatric adversities. Her speciality is adolescent psychiatry and suicidal behaviour.

Tuula Hurtig, PhD, Post doc-researcher, educational psychologist. Her research topics are adolescent ADHD and family environment and other behavioural problems in children.

Markku Koiranen, senior software designer, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu, software design and programming.

Last updated: 23.8.2013