Mental health is a continuum starting from the foetal period and proceeding through life. It is based on interaction between individuals and their biological and social environment and is constantly affected by various risk and protective factors.

Our projects aim at 

  • identifying early biological and psychosocial risk factors of mental health disturbances
  • increasing general understanding of etiology, developmental trajectories and early predictors of childhood and adulthood psychiatric disorders, antisocial behavior and marginalization
  • providing the basis for further studies of gene-environment interactions
  • promoting implementation of research findings into clinical practice
  • developing and studying effectiveness of early interventions for children at risk.

Our research focuses on large birth cohort studies, population-based studies, international multi-site research and intervention studies. We have two consortium studies funded by the Academy of Finland.

Our research activities are based on multidisciplinary collaborations with wide international and national networks. We have researchers and collaboration from the fields of epidemiology, developmental psychiatry, pediatric neurology, psychology, public health, nursing science, genetics, immunology, teratology, addiction medicine, medical geography, and biostatistics, but also criminology, education and philosophy. Complementing studies and interdisciplinary approach provides the synergy for better understanding of the etiology of mental health problems and the development of early identification, intervention and prevention for children at risk.

Ongoing research projects