Mauri Marttunen

Year of birth: 1954
Official title: Visiting Researcher, Research Professor (emeritus)
Tel. +358 50 252 4458
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Psychiatry, Psychiatric epidemiology 
  • Youth mental health
  • Adolescent psychiatry
  • Suicidal behaviour in youth

Primary duties



  • 1997, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of Helsinki
  • 1994, Doctor of Medical Sciences (PhD), University of Helsinki
  • 1992, Specialist in adolescent psychiatry, University of Helsinki 
  • 1987, Specialist in (general) psychiatry, University of Helsinki

Professional background

  • 2007–2021, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital 
  • 2005–2016, Research Professor, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
  • 2004–2007, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital

Language skills

  • Finnish (native)
  • English (good)
  • Swedish (fair)

Current projects

  • Stress, Development and Mental Health Study (PI)
  • Kellokoski Adolescent Inpatient Follow-up Study (KAIFUS)
  • Adolescent Depression Study (ADS, PI)


  • Finnish Foundation for Psychiatric Research, executive board, chair
  • Member of Working Party for Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Depression, for National Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder, for National Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, for National Practice Guidelines for Suicide Prevention and Treatment of Suicide Attempters
  • Executive board of psychotherapist training, University of Helsinki, deputy member

Publications and research

  • Kaltiala R, Heino E, Marttunen M, Fröjd S. Family characteristics, transgender identity and emotional symptoms in adolescence: a population survey study. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2023, 20, 2948.
  • Parhiala P, Marttunen M, Gergov V, Torppa M, Ranta K. Predictors of outcome after a time-limited psychosocial intervention for adolescent depression. Front Psychol 2022;13:955261. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.955261
  • Gergov V, Marttunen M, Lindberg N, Lipsanen J, Lahti J. Therapeutic alliance: a comparison study between adolescent patients and their therapists. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Oct 26;18(21):11238. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182111238
  • Viertiö S, Kiviruusu O, Piirtola M, Kaprio J, Korhonen T, Marttunen M, Suvisaari J. Factors contributing to psychological distress in the working population, with a special reference to gender difference BMC Public Health 2021 Mar 29;21(1):611. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10560-y.
  • Kiviruusu O, Strandholm T, Karlsson L, Marttunen M. Outcome of depressive mood disorder among adolescent outpatients in an 8-year follow-up. J Affect Disord. 2020, Apr 1;266:520-527. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.174. Epub 2020 Jan 29. PMID: 32056921
  • Baryshnikov I, Sund R, Marttunen M, Svirskis T, Partonen T, Pirkola S, Isometsä ET. Diagnostic conversion from unipolar depression to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder – a nationwide prospective fifteen-year register study on 43,495 inpatients. Bipolar Disord 2020 Sep;22:582-592. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12929. Epub 2020 May 22. PMID: 32385906
  • Santangeli O, Porkka-Heiskanen T, Virkkala J, Castaneda A, Marttunen M, Paunio T, Urrila AS. Sleep and slow-wave activity in depressed adolescent boys. Sleep Med. Sleep Med. 2017;38:24-30.
  • Tuisku V, Kiviruusu O, Pelkonen M, Karlsson L, Strandholm T, Marttunen M. Depressed adolescents as young adults - predictors of suicide attempt and non-suicidal self-injury during an 8-year follow-up period. J Affect Disord. 2014;152-154:313-9.
  • Marttunen M, Aro H, Henriksson M, Lönnqvist J. Mental disorders in adolescent suicide.DSM-III-R axes I and II in suicides among 13 to 19 year olds in Finland. Arch Gen Psychiatry 1991; 48:834-839.