Scientific Panel

The Scientific Panel is responsible for making decisions on the classification of the relevant working methods on a consensus basis, following recommendations put forward by the Science Editor. All evaluations are carried out on the basis of objectivity and impartiality. The Scientific Council members represent a range of disciplines relevant to offering support services to children and families.

Kristian Wahlbeck
Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry

Kristian Wahlbeck is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Throughout his career, he has made a significant contribution to promoting evidence-based practice, including through his work as a Cochrane editor. Kristian is also Development Director at the Finnish Association for Mental Health, and he holds a number of expert advisory posts at Finnish and European organisations. His research interests include mental health promotion in the public health context and service delivery systems.

Marja Holmila
Research Professor, DSocSci

I am a sociologist by training and I hold a doctorate in social sciences. Since 1977, I have carried out research on alcohol, initially at Finnish alcohol distributor and retailer Alko, and later at Stakes and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Following my retirement at the beginning of 2017, I have been working as a visiting researcher at THL.  My research is primarily focused on preventative alcohol and drug services and children and families. I have managed a number of preventative alcohol and drug programmes and their evaluation projects. I continue to work in a number of advisory roles across several different areas, including child protection, family research and alcohol and drug harm prevention.

Raija-Leena Punamäki
Professor of Psychology

Raija-Leena Punamäki, BSc, DPhil, is a psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Tampere. Her research interests include mental health and developmental psychopathology. Dr Punamäki’s research on intervention and prevention focuses on children suffering from war-related trauma as well as families with mental health problems. She has a particular interest in the mechanisms involved in the formation of attachments and social-emotional and cognitive processes. Her current research activities focus on early parenthood in traumatised and high risk families who have experienced war or displacement or who are suffering from alcohol and drug dependency and other medical health risks.

Päivi Santalahti
Consultant Paediatrician, Adjunct Professor, Medical Director

I am a consultant paediatrician and adjunct professor, and I am currently also working as Medical Director at the National Institute of Health and Welfare’s mental health unit. My interests include the prevalence of childhood mental health disorders, service design and the effectiveness and suitability  of treatment interventions. As part of my current role, I seek to ensure that high-quality, evidence-based interventions can be made more equitably available to all families and children across Finland.

Christina Salmivalli
Professor of Psychology, DPhil (Psychology)

Christina Salmivalli is the Professor of Psychology at the University of Turku. She has studied peer-to-peer relationships between children and young people, with a particular focus on school bullying and evidence-based bullying prevention. She has published numerous articles and books on these topics in Finland and internationally. Salmivalli and her group have developed the KiVa Koulu programme, which has been widely adopted by schools across Finland and further afield.

Eeva Aronen, HY

Ilse Julkunen, HY

Mirjam Kalland, HY

Jorma Komulainen, Duodecim
Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Endocrinologist, Adjunct Professor

Jorma Komulainen is the editor of the Finnish Current Care clinical guidelines at the Finnish Medical Society, Duodecim. His research focuses on childhood onset diabetes, paediatric endocrinology and evidence-based medical practice. Komulainen has been involved in editing some 20 Current Care clinical guideline documents and has written and lectured extensively on the process of drafting clinical guidelines.

Marjukka Mäkelä, THL

Nina Sajaniemi, HY