Short Academic CV


Ph.D. 1984 (Doctor of Psychology), University of Jyväskylä
Topic of the thesis: Psychophysiology of anticipation and arousal

Present positions:

1990-: Professor (of Developmental Neuropsychology), emeritus 2014-

Dept. of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä (UJ)

1990-2016 Chair of the Board of the Niilo Mäki Foundation

2000-2016 Chair of the Board of the Agora Human Technology Center, UJ

2015-2019 UNESCO Chair/professor; located to University of Jyväskylä

Most important earlier posts:

1979-1986    Assistant professor, Psychology, Dept. of Psychology, UJ

1986-1989    Academy Researcher, the Academy of Finland

1997-2000     2nd Vice President of the University of Jyväskylä

Scientific grants and related positions:

-Learning Disorders as a Barrier to Human Development (EU-COST A8) 1994-1998 (the founder and chair through the entirety of the action)

-Jyväskylä Longitudinal study of Dyslexia (JLD), leader and PI

-Center of Excellence “Human Development and Its Risk Factors” (Vice director) funded by the Academy of Finland 1997- (JLD as a central project of the CoE)

-Centre of Excellence (CoE) “Learning and Motivation” (Vice-leader of the Center) funded by the Academy of Finland 2006-2011 (JLD as a central project of the CoE)

-LukiMat 2007- leader of the Ministry of Education funded operation for building for Finnish children a digital support service of the acquisition of basic scholastic skills

-RESUZ –Reading Support for Zambian children (PI, Academy of Finland (2010-12)

-Predicting and supporting reading acquisition via computer games for children at risk for dyslexia (PI, Chile-Finland collaborative project, Academy of Finland) 2010-2012

-Comenius FLUENT - A Science-based tool for training fluency in literacy for teachers and learners (PI, funded by EU 2011-2013)

-CAPOLSA – the Finnish founding representative of the Centre for the Promotion of the Literacy in the Sub-Saharan Africa (in the University of Zambia; 2011-)

-GRAPHOWORLD - founder & chair of the GraphoWorld Network of Excellence supporting the development of the GraphoGame (GG) with representatives eg. from e.g. Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Yale, Zurich universities (2011-), see GraphoLearn.info)

-GLIDE PI, Tekes 2012-15 for building of “entity” for the preparation of global distribution of the GG

-SAVI, collaborative research with US-experts for building support of reading comprehension, Academy of Finland & National Science Foundation (US) (2013-15)

Recent funded research large-scale projects:

  • The Reading-Game related projects funded by the Finnish Technology Fund (Tekes) 2004-2005, 2006-2007.
  • ProRead Sokrates project 2006-2009 (as the head of the Finnish component).
  • NeuroDys EU-STREP project -2006-09 (as the responsible leader of the Finnish component). Earlier as a representative of Finnish researchers in several EU-projects.
  • Center for the Promotion of the Literacy in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Funding from the ICI-HEI program providing resources to such Centre owned together by our university and University of Zambia (UNZA) – co-headed with professor Robert Serpell (UNZA)
  • Dyslexia, genes and brain (DysGeBra), funded by the Academy of Finland, 2016-18.

Memberships (selected):

Member of the Research Council of Social Sciences, Academy of Finland, 1988-91)

Founding member and the chair of the European research network  “Learning disorders as a barrier to human development”, action funded by the European Union (COST A8), (1992-99).

Member of the Board of the National Research School of Psychology (1995-2003).

Member of the Advisory Panel of the Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Early Childhood Issues and Initiatives project of U.S. Department of Education (1999- ).

Member of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR, 1985-), International Organisation of Psychophysiology (IOP, 1985), International Neuropsychological Society (INS, 1985-), International Mind Brain and Education Society (charter member IMBES 2007), International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD, 2008-).

Membership of a number of temporary conference program committees.

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Dyslexia Association (2001-09)

Member of the OECD’s Brain and Learning network 2000-06

Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (2003- )

Member of the FinnSight 2015 group nominated by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology (Tekes) (2006).

Member of e.g. the review committees of the assessments of Norwegian university departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, Dutch Research Institutes of Education and German funding of applicants of Health-related research funding.

Editor/associate/or invited special number editor of a number of international journals

Member of the Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLii)


Schild Scientist Award by the Finnish Cultural Foundation 1996;

Nokia Award 2004;

University Award for Public Information 2005;

Philips Nordic Prize 2005;

Senior Researcher's Prize of the Finnish Psychological Association 2008;

Invited William M. Cruickshank Memorial Lecturer at the 2014 Conference of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities;

Recipient of Diploma of the IT faculty of the University of Jyväskylä for the development of an innovative digital learning environment, 2017.

About publications:

H-index >61, >13500 citations according to Harzing’s Publish or Perish;

GraphoGame publications >60 international per reviewed articles, see graphogame.info