Katri Savolainen

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Description of research and teaching


I am a clinical psychologist and a principle researcher in the ongoing research project: “Preschoolers in Nature”. My current research interests concern the impacts of environmental conditions and nature-assisted interventions on the development and maintenance of physical and psychological well-being and health. I also study the underlying mechanisms in nature connectedness.

In my PhD theses (2016), I studied whether stress related factor associate with cellular aging, measured by leukocyte telomere length (LTL), and thus, if LTL could function as a novel mechanism linking stress to aging related diseases and mortality. This multidisciplinary research was conducted in Developmental Psychology Research Group in collaboration with The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).



Year 2016 PhD in Psychology, University of Helsinki. The title of the thesis: "Stress and cellular aging : Accociations between stress-related factors and leukocyte telomere length"

Year 2010 MA in psychology , University of Jyväskylä. Title of the thesis: "Associations between heart rate variability (HRV) and sleep stages and sleep quality".

Year 2008 BA in psychology , University of Jyväskylä. Title of the thesis: "High Frequency (HF) heart rate variability and sleep stages coded by static charge sensitive bed (SCSB)".



Year 2011 ->    Lecturer at Developmental psychology 1- web / lecture courses. Open University of Helsinki.



Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.