Kaija Puura, MD
Kaija Puura, M.D., Ph.D is Professor of Child Psychiatry in Tampere University, Finland, and Chief of Child Psychiatry in Tampere University Hospital. She has authored or co-authored over 80 peer reviewed articles, and chapters in both national and international books on assessment and treatment of young children, and is an Associate Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal.
Her research interests cut across the following areas: gene-environment interplay in social and emotional development of young children; emotion regulation and shared pleasure and joy in parent-child interaction; development of digitalized services for families with young children and use of virtual reality as a part of child psychiatric treatment. She is a member of the Finnish Child Psychiatric Association, and of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.
She received the WAIMH New Investigator Award (2002), was appointed Associate Executive Director of the WAIMH 2009, and Executive Director of WAIMH 2018. In July 2018 Professor Puura became Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.