Katariina Salmela-Aro

Katariina Salmela-Aro is Professor of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Visiting Professor at Cicero Learning, University of Helsinki and at the UCL Institute of Education, London, UK; and Research Director in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She is directing several projects funded by the Academy of Finland: FinEdu longitudinal study, Positive mind and LEAD studies. Furthermore, she is co-directing the EAGER project together with Barbara Schneider and Jari Lavonen using Experience Sampling by smartphones to examine STEM engagement; and the Mind-the-Gap project together with professors Lonka, Hakkarainen and Alho studying digital natives’ engagement, i.e., children and adolescents who have, from the beginning of their lives, been socialized to use socio-digital technologies. She has received several large scale grants from the Academy of Finland to study youth motivation, engagement and burnout.

Prof. Salmela-Aro was elected as the President of the European Association for Developmental Psychology (EADP) and acted as the Secretary General in the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD). She is associate editor in European Psychologist and Psykologia, serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, and is consulting editor in Developmental Psychology. In Finland she received the second place in the Minna Canth Academy Professor Award.

Mentoring Post-docs and visits
This year Prof. Salmela-Aro continued to mentor Julia Moeller, Heta Tuominen-Soini and Florencia Sortheix. She also organized for Pathways fellows from other institutions to visit Helsinki and collaborate with their international colleagues including Clemens Lechner and Maria Pavlova visited from Jena University. Further, she hosted Pathways alumni Martin Obshonka, Anna Katyn Chmielewskii and Philip Parker. Prof. Salmela-Aro still collaborates with other alumni, Angela Chow, Jennifer Symonds and Julia Dietrich. Earlier this year she visited Jacque Eccles for three months at Irvine and has a joint large scale project with Barbara Schneider from NSF.