The Goals of Our Research

Our group’s main focus of interest is the psychological and physical well-being of young people and the interaction between these two aspects. We also study the ways and reasons why young people use drugs and alcohol, as well as possible interventive and preventive strategies.

Our most important partners are the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the Departments of Public Health and Pharmacy at the University of Eastern Finland and the Departments of Radiology and Clinical Physiology at Kuopio University Hospital. Our research group belongs to the collaboration network of Neurocenter Finland

Our research projects

1 . The Youth Well-being Study
2. The REAL-SMART project
3. Adolescents and Alcohol Project – Follow-up Study (ALPRO)

Would You Like to Work with Us?

We may have positions for those interested in completing their master’s or doctoral thesis or post-doctoral research in some of the group’s focus areas. If you are interested in working with us, you can contact Tommi (tommi.tolmunen (at)