Professor, Department of 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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Video games for people with schizophrenia (2021)

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Roberts Matthew T., Lloyd Jack, Välimäki Maritta, Ho Grace W.K., Freemantle Megan, Békefi Anna Zsófia
(A2 Katsausartikkeli tieteellisessä aikauslehdessä)

Self-help plus for refugees and asylum seekers; study protocol for a series of individual participant data meta-analyses (2021)

European Journal of Psychotraumatology
Karyotaki Eirini, Sijbrandij Marit, Purgato Marianna, Acarturk Ceren, Lakin Daniel, Bailey Della, Peckham Emily, Uygun Ersin, Tedeschi Federico, Wancata Johannes, Augustinavicius Jura, Carswell Ken, Välimäki Maritta, van Ommeren Mark, Koesters Markus, Popa Mariana, Leku Marx Ronald, Anttila Minna, Churchill Rachel, White Ross, Al-Hashimi Sarah, Lantta Tella, Au Teresa, Klein Thomas, Tol Wietse A., Cuijpers Pim, Barbui Corrado
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Effectiveness of Self-Help Plus in Preventing Mental Disorders in Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Western Europe: A Multinational Randomized Controlled Trial (2021)

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Purgato M, Carswell K, Tedeschi F, Acarturk C, Anttila M, Au T, Bajbouj M, Baumgartner J, Biondi M, Churchill R, Cuijpers P, Koesters M, Gastaldon C, Ilkkursun Z, Lantta T, Nose M, Ostuzzi G, Papola D, Popa M, Roselli V, Sijbrandij M, Tarsitani L, Turrini G, Valimaki M, Walker L, Wancata J, Zanini E, White R, van Ommeren M, Barbui C
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)