Kirsti Lonka


Further information on the affiliationKirsti Lonka is professor of educational psychology and Director of the Research Group of Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland. She was the first President of Teachers' Academy of the University of Helsinki. She was Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Department of LIME, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden 2007-2011. . She was also J.H. Bijtel Visiting Professor, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2007-2008). Previously she was also working as professor of medical education at the Department of LIME (Learning, Informatics. Management and Ethics), Karolinska Institutet in 2001-2005. Kirsti Lonka finished her Master of Arts Degree in psychology and started her research career as a Junior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki in 1986. She did her PhD course work at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE, University of Toronto, Canada) in 1988-1989. Her two daughters were born 1991 and 1995. Kirsti Lonka finished her Licentiate Thesis in 1994 and her PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, in 1997. In 1996-2001 she worked as the Director of Development and Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. During that time the medical program became problem-based. Kirsti Lonka has published numerous refereed articles, conference papers and book chapters. She has also published plenty of text books and popular writings. The languages of her publications are Finnish, English, and Swedish (also translated in Estonian). Her specialties are higher education, medical education and postgraduate education (PhD students). In the area of academic writing, her work has focused around note taking, process writing, portfolios and writing across curriculum (writing as a learning tool).

Latest publications

  1. The role of study engagement in university students' daily experiences: A multilevel test of moderation

    Ketonen, E. E. H., Malmberg, L-E., Salmela-Aro, J. K., Muukkonen, H., Tuominen, H. & Lonka, K. M., Jan 2019, In : Learning and Individual Differences. 69, p. 196-205 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Accepted/In press

    How to create a flourishing classroom? An intervention protocol for enhancing teachers’ social and emotional learning.

    Talvio, K. M. & Lonka, K. M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Positive Psychological Intervention Design and Protocols for Multi-cultural Contexts. Zurich: Springer

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  3. Neural activity patterns between different executive tasks are more similar in adulthood than in adolescence

    Moisala, M., Salmela, V., Carlson, S., Salmela-Aro, K., Lonka, K., Hakkarainen, K. & Alho, K., Sep 2018, In : Brain and Behavior. 8, 9, 16 p., 01063.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Tulevaisuuden ennakointi - Future 2030 Meeting

    Kirsti Lonka (Chair)
    27 Sep 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. OpinTori 2012

    Kirsti Lonka (Speaker: Keynote)
    13 Dec 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö (External organisation)

    Kirsti Lonka (Member)
    4 Apr 2014 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

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Latest prizes

  1. Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun I luokan ritarimerkki

    Kirsti Lonka (Recipient), 6 Dec 2012

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Hyvä Opettaja - Magister Bonus

    Kirsti Lonka (Recipient), 26 Nov 2012

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Uutta Luova Opettajankoulutus

    Lonka, K., Lammassaari, H. M. W., Kruskopf, M. & Vaara, L.


    Project: Research project

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