Areas of expertise
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.