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Riikka
Korja
Professor, Psychology
Psykoterapeutti, Kehityksen ja kasvatuksen erikoispsykologi
Projects: CoE-InterLearn, FinnBrain-project, PIPARI-project and STEPS-study

Contact

Assistentinkatu 7
20500
Turku

Areas of expertise

Topics: Child development
self-regulation
family
parenting
pregnancy
prenatal programming
preterm birth
psychotherapy
family interventions

Biography

Riikka Korja is a professor of developmental psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Turku. She is the principal investigator for the Child Development and Parenting sub-study in the FinnBrain project and the group leader for the Centre of Excellence in Learning Dynamics and Intervention Research (InterLearn) at the University of Turku consortium. Additionally, Korja is the senior investigator in the research on digital developmental monitoring of preterm infants (ePIPARI, pediatric diseases at TYKS).

Teaching

Korja is the team leader for clinical education in the department of psychology. As the responsible teacher, she is involved in courses such as Psychological Interventions and Psychotherapy, Developmental Psychology II, and Early Development and Family Relationships. Additionally, Korja acts as the responsible professor in the three-year professional training program for Children and Youth Specialized Psychologists in PSYKONET.

Research

In her research, Korja aims to comprehensively investigate both protective and vulnerable factors in child development, as well as the underlying mechanisms of child development. The Child Development and Parenting sub-study of the FinnBrain project explores the psychological development of children and the environmental factors and biological processes influencing this development. Of particular interest is the development of a child's self-regulation.

In the CoE InterLearn the focus is on understanding the cognitive, and socio-emotional developmental pathways associated with learning difficulties and the mental health problems linked to them. This research also investigates the environmental factors connected to these pathways and how they explain later-life functioning and well-being.

Publications

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Negative associations between maternal prenatal hair cortisol and child socioemotional problems (2024)

Psychoneuroendocrinology
Mustonen Paula, Kortesluoma Susanna, Scheinin Noora M., Perasto Laura, Kataja Eeva-Leena, Tervahartiala Katja, Tuulari Jetro J., Coimbra Bárbara, Carter Alice S., Rodrigues Ana João, Sousa Nuno, Paavonen E. Juulia, Korja Riikka, Karlsson Hasse, Karlsson Linnea
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Structural brain correlates of non-verbal cognitive ability in 5-year-old children: Findings from the FinnBrain birth cohort study (2023)

Human Brain Mapping
Pulli Elmo P, Nolvi Saara, Eskola Eeva, Nordenswan Elisabeth, Holmberg Eeva, Copeland Anni, Kumpulainen Venla, Silver Eero, Merisaari Harri, Saunavaara Jani, Parkkola Riitta, Lähdesmäki Tuire, Saukko Ekaterina, Kataja Eeva-Leena, Korja Riikka, Karlsson Linnea, Karlsson Hasse, Tuulari Jetro J
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))