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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Contact information

  • PhD, University lecturer
  • Faculty of Educational Sciences
  • P.O. Box 9, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Tel. +358407679099
  • Collegium researcher at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), University of Turku, during 1.7.2019-31.12.2021

Description of research and teaching

I am a university lecturer in educational sciences and my teaching is mostly related to learning in different contexts, educational psychology, and quantitative research methods. My research links the study of motivation with well-being and explores both among children and young people, especially during educational transitions. Specifically, I investigate individual differences in and developmental trajectories of achievement motivation (e.g., achievement goal orientations, task values) and their associations with various educational and emotional outcomes (e.g., academic achievement, educational aspirations, burnout, engagement, perfectionism).

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, University of Helsinki

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Educational psychology
  • Motivation
  • Subjective well-being
  • Learning
  • Achievement goal orientation
  • School burnout
  • School engagement
  • Task value
  • Perfectionism
  • Educational transitions
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Research methods
  • 515 Psychology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Achievement goal orientations: A person-oriented approach

Niemivirta, M., Pulkka, A-T., Tapola, A. & Tuominen, H., Feb 2019, The Cambridge Handbook of Motivation and Learning. Renninger, K. A. & Hidi, S. E. (eds.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 566-616 51 p. (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology).

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

Open Access

Gendered pathways from academic performance, motivational beliefs, and school burnout to adolescents’ educational and occupational aspirations

Widlund, A., Tuominen, H., Tapola, A. & Korhonen, J., Apr 2020, In : Learning and Instruction. 66, 12 p., 101299.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Achievement goal orientations and subjective well-being: A person-centred analysis

Tuominen-Soini, H., Salmela-Aro, K. & Niemivirta, M., 2008, In : Learning and Instruction. 18, 3, p. 251-266 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review



Doctoral Dissertation Award, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

Heta Tuominen (Recipient), 11 Jun 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Doctoral Dissertation Award 2012, University of Helsinki

Heta Tuominen (Recipient), 26 Mar 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Primus Doctor

Heta Tuominen (Recipient), 23 May 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards


Preliminary examination of doctoral thesis

Heta Tuominen (Pre-examiner)
28 Apr 2019

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Supervision of doctoral thesis: Elina Ketonen

Kirsti Maaria Lonka (Supervisor), Jaana Katariina Salmela-Aro (Co-supervisor), Heta Tuominen (Co-supervisor)
20148 Dec 2017

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Doctoral Programme in Psychology, Learning and Communication (Organisational unit)

Heta Tuominen (Board member)
Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Conference presentations

Heta Tuominen (Participant)
15 Mar 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other


University of Oslo

Heta Tuominen (Visiting researcher)
31 Oct 20174 Nov 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution