Jaana Markkula

Name: Jaana Markkula
Job title: Development Manager, MSoc (University of Helsinki)
Tel: +358 29 524 8802
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Substance use prevention
  • Implementation of evidence-based policies
  • National programme management
  • Substance use prevention in local and regional level

Primary duties

  • National coordination of substance use prevention and implementation of National action plan on prevention of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and gambling & Substance use and addiction strategy
  • Promotion of evidence-based policies and practices in substance use prevention in different environments
  • Evaluation of prevention projects and national programmes
  • Steering, supporting and evaluating substance use prevention in local and regional level

Work experience

  • Development Manager (substance use prevention), THL, 2013-2021, 2022-
  • Senior Specialist (tobacco and nicotine), Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, 2021-2022
  • Development Manager (injury prevention), THL, 2010-2013
  • Researcher (injury prevention), THL (& former Public Health Institute KTL), 2007–2010
  • Researcher (school health promotion), Stakes, 2006–2007
  • Researcher, Otus – Research Foundation of Student organisations, 2006

Language skills

  • Finnish (excellent)
  • English (excellent)

Professional memberships

  • Expert secretary of the national steering committee on substance use prevention (THL)
  • Secretary of the Division for mental health, alcohol and drugs, and addiction, Advisory Board for Public Health (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health)
  • Chair of the working group of regional implementation of substance use prevention (THL)
  • Chair of the network for regional developers of substance use prevention (THL)
  • Chair of the national network for Pakka-model (Local alcohol, tobacco and Gambling policy model) (THL)
  • Member of the Alcohol and substance use expert group (ASA EG) working under Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) (see more)
  • Member of the Substance use prevention network in Helsinki City 

Examples of recent publications