Overview

Description of research and teaching

 

Research interests

My main research interests are interdisciplinary, combining psychology to pediatrics, epidemiology and psychiatry. Currently, I work as a senior researcher in the Developmental Psychology Research Group, and work as a PI in three projects. The first examines children's sleep from interdisciplinary perspective, the second the relations between sleep and physical activity, and the third the effects of prenatal stress on later child development. In addition, my recent research interest has been the influence of early life stress (ELS) on subsequent development.

Teaching

My teaching area in the Institute of Behavioral Sciences is clinical child psychology.

 

Academic milestones

 

2004 PhD in Psychology, University of Helsinki

2006 Title of Docent (corresponds to adjunct professor) in educational and developmental psychology, University of Helsinki

2008 Title of Docent (corresponds to adjunct professor) in personality psychology, University of Tampere

2009 Speciality in Clinical Child Psychology and Educational Psychology, an academic, clinical diploma

 

My recent publications:

Parental Bonding after Preterm Birth: Child and Parent Perspectives in the Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults.

Pyhälä R, Räikkönen K, Pesonen AK, Heinonen K, Lahti J, Hovi P, Strang-Karlsson S, Andersson S, Eriksson JG, Järvenpää AL, Kajantie E. J Pediatr. 2010 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20850763 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]Related citations

Brain responses to surprising sounds are related to temperament and parent-child dyadic synchrony in young children.

Pesonen AK, Huotilainen M, Heinonen K, Komsi N, Putkinen V, Kivikoski L, Tervaniemi M.Dev Psychobiol. 2010 Sep;52(6):513-23.PMID: 20806324 [PubMed - in process]Related citations

Risk of severe mental disorders in adults separated temporarily from their parents in childhood: The Helsinki birth cohort study.

Räikkönen K, Lahti M, Heinonen K, Pesonen AK, Wahlbeck K, Kajantie E, Osmond C, Barker DJ, Eriksson JG.J Psychiatr Res. 2010 Jul 24. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20659742 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]Related citations

Sleep quantity, quality and optimism in children.

Lemola S, Räikkönen K, Scheier MF, Matthews KA, Pesonen AK, Heinonen K, Lahti J, Komsi N, Paavonen JE, Kajantie E.J Sleep Res. 2010 Jun 16. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20561178 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]Related citations

Depressive symptoms in adulthood and intrauterine exposure to pre-eclampsia: the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study.

Tuovinen S, Räikkönen K, Kajantie E, Pesonen AK, Heinonen K, Osmond C, Barker DJ, Eriksson JG.BJOG. 2010 Sep;117(10):1236-42. Epub 2010 Jun 18.PMID: 20560943 [PubMed - in process]Related citations

Body size at birth and cardiovascular response to and recovery from mental stress in children.

Feldt K, Räikkönen K, Pyhälä R, Jones A, Phillips DI, Eriksson JG, Pesonen AK, Heinonen K, Järvenpää AL, Strandberg TE, Kajantie E.J Hum Hypertens. 2010 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20535142 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]Related citations

Maternal prenatal licorice consumption alters hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis function in children.

Räikkönen K, Seckl JR, Heinonen K, Pyhälä R, Feldt K, Jones A, Pesonen AK, Phillips DI, Lahti J, Järvenpää AL, Eriksson JG, Matthews KA, Strandberg TE, Kajantie E.Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2010 May 24. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20510523 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]Related citations

Prenatal origins of hospitalization for personality disorders: the Helsinki birth cohort study.

Lahti M, Räikkönen K, Wahlbeck K, Heinonen K, Forsén T, Kajantie E, Pesonen AK, Osmond C, Barker DJ, Eriksson JG.Psychiatry Res. 2010 Sep 30;179(2):226-30. Epub 2010 May 20.PMID: 20493545 [PubMed - in process]Related citations

Adults born at very low birth weight exercise less than their peers born at term.

Kajantie E, Strang-Karlsson S, Hovi P, Räikkönen K, Pesonen AK, Heinonen K, Järvenpää AL, Eriksson JG, Andersson S.J Pediatr. 2010 Oct;157(4):610-6, 616.e1. Epub 2010 May 20.PMID: 20493499 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Reduced body size and shape-related symptoms in young adults born preterm with very low birth weight: Helsinki study of very low birth weight adults.

Wehkalampi K, Hovi P, Strang-Karlsson S, Räikkönen K, Pesonen AK, Heinonen K, Mäkitie O, Järvenpää AL, Eriksson JG, Andersson S, Kajantie E.J Pediatr. 2010 Sep;157(3):421-7, 427.e1. Epub 2010 Apr 18.PMID: 20400106 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Sleep quality and cognitive performance in 8-year-old children.

Paavonen EJ, Räikkönen K, Pesonen AK, Lahti J, Komsi N, Heinonen K, Järvenpää AL, Strandberg T, Kajantie E, Porkka-Heiskanen T.Sleep Med. 2010 Apr;11(4):386-92. Epub 2010 Mar 3.PMID: 20202902 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Poor sleep and altered hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical and sympatho-adrenal-medullary system activity in children.

Räikkönen K, Matthews KA, Pesonen AK, Pyhälä R, Paavonen EJ, Feldt K, Jones A, Phillips DI, Seckl JR, Heinonen K, Lahti J, Komsi N, Järvenpää AL, Eriksson JG, Strandberg TE, Kajantie E.J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 May;95(5):2254-61. Epub 2010 Mar 1.PMID: 20194713 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Slower reaction times and impaired learning in young adults with birth weight <1500 g.

Strang-Karlsson S, Andersson S, Paile-Hyvärinen M, Darby D, Hovi P, Räikkönen K, Pesonen AK, Heinonen K, Järvenpää AL, Eriksson JG, Kajantie E.Pediatrics. 2010 Jan;125(1):e74-82. Epub 2009 Dec 14.PMID: 20008427 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Childhood separation experience predicts HPA axis hormonal responses in late adulthood: a natural experiment of World War II.

Pesonen AK, Räikkönen K, Feldt K, Heinonen K, Osmond C, Phillips DI, Barker DJ, Eriksson JG, Kajantie E.Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2010 Jun;35(5):758-67. Epub 2009 Dec 5.PMID: 19963324 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Related citations

Further information on UH affiliationSenior lecturer in clinical child psychology, Principal Investigator

Highlighted publications

  1. Mental health of children evacuated during World War II

    Pesonen, A-K. & Räikkönen, K. 2011 International perspectives on children and mental health: Volume 1: Development and context. Fitzgerald, H. E., Puura, K., Tomlinson, M. & Paul, C. (eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, Vol. 1, p. 197-216 20 p. (Child Psychology and Mental Health)

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  2. Childhood separation experience predicts HPA axis hormonal responses in late adulthood: A natural experiment of World War II

    Pesonen, A-K., Räikkönen, K., Feldt, K., Heinonen, K., Osmond, C., Phillips, D. I. W., Barker, D. J. P., Eriksson, J. G. & Kajantie, E. 2010 In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 35, 5, p. 758-767 10 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Reproductive traits following a parent-child separation trauma during childhood: A natural experiment during World War II

    Pesonen, A-K., Räikkönen, K., Heinonen, K., Kajantie, E., Forsen, T. & Eriksson, J. G. 2008 In : American Journal of Human Biology. 20, p. 345-351 7 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  4. Depressive symptoms in adults separated from their parents as children: a natural experiment during World War II

    Pesonen, A-K., Räikkönen, K., Heinonen, K., Kajantie, E., Forsen, T. & Eriksson, J. G. 2007 In : American Journal of Epidemiology. 166, 10, p. 1126-1133 8 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Interview "Miksi pienet lapset ovat niin äänekkäitä?"

    Anu-Katriina Pesonen (Participant), Tiede, 08.2013

    Activity: Public appearancesParticipation in interview for written media

  2. Interview on early life stress

    Anu-Katriina Pesonen (Participant), MTV3, 2013

    Activity: Public appearancesParticipation in TV programme

  3. Interview in "Kevyt" (association of parents of premature children)

    Anu-Katriina Pesonen (Participant), Kevyt, 09.2012

    Activity: Public appearancesParticipation in interview for written media

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