Finnish Center of Excellence in Learning and Motivation Research

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Professor Timo Ahonen
Interest area
: Neuropsychology of learning disabilities
Special expertise: Clinical child psychology and child neuropsychology
Address: Department of Psychology

Professor in special education Leena Holopainen
Interest area: Dyslexia, special education, school achievement
Special expertise: Teaching children with reading and spelling problems, development of assessment tools in dyslexia.
Address: Department of Special Education, P.O.Box 111, 80101 University of Joensuu, Finland

Professor Marja-Leena Laakso
Interest area
: Early communication and language development, parent-child interaction, intervention
Special expertise: Interventions for parent-child interaction; counselling for parents
Address: Department of education

Professor Esko Leskinen
Interest area: Structural Equation Models, mixture modelling
Address: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Jyväskylä

Professor of Developmental Psychology Paula Lyytinen
Interest area
: Children’s language and cognitive development, precursors of dyslexia, symbolic play, parent-child interaction
Special expertise: Development of language skills
Address: Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä


Professor of Psychology Pekka Niemi, University of Turku, Finland, and Professor (part-time) of Special Education, University of Stavanger, Norway
Interest area: Beginning reading, reading difficulties, cognitive processes
Special expertise: Reading interventions
Address: Department of Psychology, FI-20014 University of Turku


Professor Anna-Maija Poikkeus (Early Childhood and Primary Education)
Interest area: Early identification of language and reading problems, prediction of reading, supportive early environments (family, day-care and early school grades)
Special expertise: Development of social skills, Group training for parents of children with ADHD
Address: Department of Teacher Education, University of Jyväskylä. 

Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro
Interest area
: Motivation, young adulthood, socialization, well-being, interventions
Address: Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä.

Hannu Savolainen

Professor Hannu Savolainen
Interest area:
Well-being and career trajectories of young persons, especially youth with special educational needs and learning disabilities
Special expertise: Special education, longitudinal research
Address: Department of special education, P.O.Box 111, FI-80101 University of Joensuu