Mirjami Pelkonen

National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist I have a comprehensive clinical experience of ordinary clinical practice at adolescent psychiatric inpatient and outpatient clinics. We studied the outcome of former inpatient adolescents in terms of psychosocial functioning and disability pensioning. At adolescent outpatient clinics, suicidal behavior was of main concern. Our main focus was to study the prevalence of suicidal behavior, as well as the outcome of suicidal patients in terms of subsequent suicidal behavior and psychosocial functioning. It was developed the Adolescent Depression Study (ADS), a naturalistic clinical research and development project investigating adolescent depressive mood disorders. The ADS project is a collaboration between the Department of Adolescent Psychiatry of PMCD of Helsinki University Central Hospital and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland. The outpatients were evaluated by diagnostic interview (K-SADS-PL) and other structured methods at baseline, at one-year follow-up and at eight-year follow-up. The leader of the ADS-project is Professor Mauri Marttunen, and I am one of the co-leaders of the project. At the moment, I am e.g. supervising dissertations of younger researchers. The results of our studies have e.g. found that alcohol use is a significant risk factor for subsequent suicidal behavior among depressed adolescent outpatients, most of whom were females. Moreover, as a Professor of Social Psychiatry at Tampere University, I was s co-leader and supervisor of the prospective follow-up study of Adolescent Mental Health Cohort Study of epidemiology, comorbidity, risk factors and protective factors of non-psychotic mental disorders in non-clinical adolescents. April 26th , 2012 Mirjami Pelkonen PhD, Senior Researcher Adjunct Professor in Social Psychiatry

Biography Updated on 21 May 2012

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