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Personal profile


I work as a special education teacher in Turku since 2001. Creating hope and optimism and finding suitable ways to support children, youth and their family motivate and inspire me as a teacher, as well as in my researcher role. With my research I want to deepen understanding on root causes behind school attendance problems and factors supporting return, reintegration and re-engagement to school after school absenteeism. With my research I wish to promote research-based education and holistic rehabilitation approach, as well as to develop interprofessional collaboration and accessible services for children, youth and their families.

Education/Academic qualification

Specialization Studies in Social and Health Care (25ECTS) University of Turku

Award Date: 9 Sept 2020

Wellbeing in School -expert program (60ECTS)

Award Date: 7 Sept 2018

Certificate of Educational administration (15ECTS)

Award Date: 5 Nov 2007

Specialization Studies in Music Therapy (60ECTS)

Award Date: 14 Sept 2006

Certificate of Special Education Teacher (60ECTS)

Award Date: 6 May 2006

MEd, University of Turku

5 Sept 199431 Dec 2000

Award Date: 31 Dec 2000

External positions

Part-time teacher/lecturer, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Arts Academy


Special education teacher, City of Turku

1 Aug 2001 → …


  • L Education (General)
  • BF Psychology
  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
  • H Social Sciences (General)