Professor, Nursing Science


Joukahaisenkatu 3-5

Areas of expertise

Mental health


Maritta Välimäki is a professor at the University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing Science. She has been a member of the Faculty since 1991. She has worked as a professor since 2005. In 2010 she has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of London (Social Care at T. George’s, London), and before that an Honorary Research Fellow at Kingston University, London, UK (2004-2006). 

Besides holding appointments at the Universities of Turku and Tampere, she has also given courses, lectures, keynote addresses, conference presentations and seminars around the world.  She has a motivated research group with active students and researchers.


Doctoral courses and seminars, students' supervision.


Her early research focused on patients' perceptions on care, treatment outcomes and ethical issues among vulnerable patient groups and especially patients with mental disorders. Her later research has strengthened its focus on information technology, but has also expanded to include outcome research. Recently she has published articles including a user-driven design related to information technology and RCT studies. She is also working with Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, being a member of the Editorial Board and author of reviews. She has gained specialized knowledge in evidence based practice at the University of Oxford, and mental health economics at Kings College, UK.


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