Suvi Stolt, PhD                                                                                    

Professor in Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics)

Prof. Stolt has a special interest in language acquisition during the very early years of life in different populations (typically developing/prematurely born/internationally adopted children). Her further research interests are the predictive value of early language development, the effect of background factors on language acquisition and the early screening of language delay.

Prof. Stolt is a principal investigator of the following studies 'The norming study of the Finnish short form versions of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories' (the FinCDI-SF Study) and the 'The norming study of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories III' (the FinCDI III Study) and 'LangLENA Study'.

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ORCID: 0000-0002-6029-5459

Eija Aalto, MA

Postgraduate student in Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics)

Eija Aalto is a clinical Speech and Language Pathologists who has a long experience in working with children with language disorders.

MA Aalto is preparing her PhD thesis in the FinCDI-SF Study. The focus of her thesis is on the phonological development at the age of 3 years and 6 months and its possible associations to lexicon, auditory discrimination and pre-reading skills.

Suvi Vehkavuori, MA

Postgraduate student in Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics)

MA Suvi Vehkavuori graduated from the University of Turku in 2014. She became interested in research when writing her bachelor's and master's theses, and she continued in the same project as a PhD student. Along with her studies, she has worked as a speech and language pathologist in the private sector and is currently also working as a team leader.

MA Vehkavuori is preparing her PhD thesis in the FinCDI-SF Study. The focus of her thesis is on the early screening of language delay and the possible predictive value of early language development in typically developing children.

Eva Ståhlberg-Forsén, MA

Postgraduate student in Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics)

MA Eva Ståhlberg-Forsén has long clinical experience from working as a speech and language pathologist in the field of pediatric neurology.

MA Ståhlberg-Forsén is pursuing her PhD within the LangLENA Study. The focus of her study is on early language development of preterm children, on the suitability of new methods to identify language problems and on the possible effects of very early parental language use on communication and language development.

Eva Ståhlberg-Forsén has received a 4-year salaried position for her PhD studies from the doctoral program of Psychology, Learning and Communication (PsyCo), University of Helsinki, in November 2018. Her PhD study has also been supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation of Finland / Ostrobothnia.

Eveliina Joensuu, MA

Postgraduate student in Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics)

Eveliina Joensuu graduated from the University of Oulu in 2015. Throughout her undergraduate studies she has been interested in research projects in the multidisciplinary field of logopedics. Now Eveliina is performing her PhD studies in the University of Helsinki. She is also working as a clinical speech and language pathologist in a health clinic.

MA Joensuu’s PhD thesis is part of the multidisciplinary cohort study called PIPARI (The Development and Functioning of Very Low Birth Weight Infants from Infancy to School Age). The focus of her thesis is on the possible association between the features of early language development and later literacy and language skills in children born very preterm.

Eveliina Joensuu recieved a 4-year salaried position for her PhD studies from the doctoral program of Psychology, Learning and Communication (PysCo), University of Helsinki from the beginning of 2020. 
 

 

Riikka Mustonen, MA

Postgraduate student in Speech-Language Pathology (Logopedics)

Riikka Mustonen graduated from the University of Helsinki in 2010, and has been working since then as a clinical speech and language pathologist in a health clinic and in the field of child psychiatry.

MA Mustonen is preparing her PhD thesis in the FinCDI III Study (LEINIKKI Study). The focus of her study is on the possible association between background factors (reading, telling stories, singing to a child and screen time of a child and parent) and language skills in pre-school aged children.

Riikka Mustonen's PhD study is supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation. 

Sirpa Tarvainen, MA

Postgraduate student in Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics)ostgraduate student in Speech and Language Pathology (Logopedics)

MA Sirpa Tarvainen has a clinical background as a speech and language therapist. In addition, she has worked as the chair of the Finnish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.

MA Tarvainen is preparing her PhD thesis on oral language comprehension interventions in children and adolescents with language disorder or difficulties.  

Sirpa Tarvainen’s PhD study is supported by Olvi-Foundation. She is also involved in a project examining intervention features related to the efficacy of oral language comprehension interventions funded by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela).

The FinCDI III Study / LEINIKKI Study:

  • Ass. prof. Nina Gram Garmann, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Prof. Tiia Tulviste, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Dr. Astra Schults, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Ass. prof. Jelena Kuvac Kraljevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Dr, docent Mårten Eriksson, University of Gävle, Sweden
  • Dr. Ritva Torppa, University of Helsinki, Finland

The LangLENA Study:

  • Prof. Liisa Lehtonen, Turku University Hospital, Finland
  • MD, postgraduate student Anette Aija, Turku University Hospital, Finland
  • MD Liis Toome, Tallinn Children's Hospital, Estonia
  • MA, Clinical speech-language pathologist Birgit Kaasik, Tallinn Children's Hospital, Estonia
  • Dr Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, University of Turku, Finland
  • Dr Jukka Leppänen, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Dr Reija Latva, Tampere University Hospital, Finland

The LangAdo Study:

  • MD, Adj. prof. Helena Lapinleimu, Turku University Hospital, Finland
  • Prof. Marko Elovainio, University of Helsinki, Finland

Other collaborators: 

  • Dr. Petriina Munck, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Dr. Katri Saaristo-Helin, University of Helsinki, Finland

In 2020, 35 master's theses have been done / are currently in process, in the studies included to the Early Language Development Group.