Taina Välimaa

Taina Välimaa


University Lecturer
Adjunct Professor

38 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 934 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 255 citations. The author has a h-index of 12.00. (Scholar)


I am an Adjunct Professor, University Lecturer/Researcher and a certified SLT who is working at the Faculty of Humanities, Research Unit of Logopedics, Child Language Research Center at University of Oulu, Finland (see also http://www.ouluclrc.fi/). My research interests are in the field of speech perception, auditory speech processing, and speech, language and communication in children and adults with hearing impairment who use either hearing aids or cochlear implants. I am also interested in bilingual language acquisition and due to this interest, I have been working in a COST Action IS0804. In addition, I am actively developing assessment methods for auditory speech perception and speech and language. I have worked as a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University, Indiana, USA in 2013. My scientific collaboration is highly multidisciplinary (logopedics, clinical medicine, ear-nose-throat diseases, audiology, phoniatrics, phonetics, psychology, technology).

Research interests

  • cochlear implants
  • hearing aids
  • lexicon
  • morphosyntax
  • narratives
  • speech perception
  • spoken language development
  • associations between background factors and language

Selected projects

  • 2017–2021, Academy of Finland, Speech perception and spoken language outcomes of early cochlear implantation and hearing aid rehabilitation at ages 4 to 6 (Main Researcher)
  • 2016–2018, Academy of Finland, Key project funding Forging ahead with research, Speech perception in noise in children with cochlear implants and hearing aids: The new Children’s test of word recognition in noise and realistic sound environments (PI)
  • 2011–2016, Academy of Finland, Academy Research Fellow, Speech perception and speech and language development in children with unilateral and/or bilateral cochlear implant(s) and bilateral hearing aids (PI)
  • 2007–2009, Academy of Finland, Postdoctoral Researcher’s Project, Experiments on the effect of frequency bands on auditory speech perception by adult cochlear implant users (PI)

Social media

Selected publications

  • Välimaa, Taina T.; Kunnari, Sari M.; Laukkanen-Nevala, Päivi; Ertmer, David J. (2019) Vocal Development in Infants and Toddlers With Bilateral Cochlear Implants and Infants With Normal Hearing. - Journal of speech, language, and hearing research 62 (5), 1296-1308 . [Original]
  • Välimaa, Taina; Kunnari, Sari; Laukkanen-Nevala, Päivi; Lonka, Eila; the National Clinical Research Team (2018) Early vocabulary development in children with bilateral cochlear implants. - International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 53 (1), 3-15 . Original: [Original]
  • Välimaa, Taina; Laitakari, Jaakko; Kunnari, Sari; Koski, Teemu; Sivonen, Ville; Löppönen, Heikki (2017) Lasten kyky tunnistaa puhetta hälyssä. Yhteinen ymmärrys - havainnoinnista tulkintaan : Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen päivät Helsingissä 30.-31.3.2017. Tarvainen, Sirpa; Loukusa, Soile; Hautala, Terhi; Saalasti, Satu. - Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistyksen julkaisuja 49. Helsinki. 53-63
  • Kunnari, Sari; Välimaa, Taina; Laukkanen-Nevala, Päivi (2016) Macrostructure in the narratives of monolingual Finnish and bilingual Finnish-Swedish children. - Applied Psycholinguistics 37 (1; SI), 123-144 . [Original]
  • Gagarina, Natalia; Klop, Daleen; Kunnari, Sari; Tantele, Koula; Välimaa, Taina; Balčiūnienė, Ingrida; Walters, Joel (2015) Assessment of narrative abilities in bilingual children. Assessing multilingual children : disentangling bilingualism from language impairment. Armon-Lotem, Sharon; de Jong, Jan; Meir , Natalia. - Communication Disorders Across Languages 13. Bristol. 243-276
  • Kunnari, Sari; Välimaa, Taina (2012) Part II. MAIN: Finnish version (suomi). - ZAS Papers in Linguistics 56, 1-46 . [Original]
  • Gagarina, Natalia; Klop, Daleen; Kunnari, Sari; Tantele, Koula; Välimaa, Taina; Balciuniene, Ingrida; Bohnacker; Ute; Walters, Joel (2012) Part I. MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives. - ZAS Papers in Linguistics 56, 1-139 . [Original]
  • Huttunen, Kerttu; Välimaa, Taina (2012) Perceptions of parents and speech and language therapists on the effects of paediatric cochlear implantation and habilitation and education following it. - International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 47 (2), 184-196
  • Välimaa Taina, Sorri Martti, Laitakari Jaakko, Sivonen Ville, Muhli Arto (2011) Vowel confusion patterns in adults during initial 4 years of implant use. - Clinical linguistics & phonetics 25 (2), 121-144 . [Original]

Thesis supervisions

Doctoral theses (completed)
  • Lindgren Josefin (2018). Developing narrative competence: Swedish, Swedish-German and Swedish-Turkish Children aged 4–6. Uppsala University, Sweden.

Doctoral theses (ongoing)
  • Tolonen Anna-Kaisa

  • Wallenius Krista

  • Awad Bushra