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There are researchers from many different fields of science in our group, among others health, sport and behavioral scientists.

Researchers and their interests in AGNES-study

Principal investigator

Taina Rantanen, Professor of Gerontology and Public Health

  • Promotion of functional ability and wellbeing in ageing population, active ageing, person-environment interaction, physical activity and mobility, epidemiology, randomized controlled trials, longevity

Research group

Katja Kokko, Docent in Psychology (life-span psychology), Research Director

  • Psychological and emotional well-being and their links to active ageing and physical functioning

Erja Portegijs, Senior Researcher, PhD

  • Personal and environmental factors and their associations with activity and mobility of older people

Timo Rantalainen, Academy of Finland Research Fellow

  • Gait dynamics, and sedentary and physical activity behaviour quantification based on multiple day wearable sensor recordings

Mary Hassandra, Senior Researcher

  • Intervention development, application and evaluation to change behaviors across life span and different settings

Anne Viljanen, Senior Lecturer, Ph.D, Docent in Gerontology

  • Sensory functions and active aging

Merja Rantakokko, Docent in Gerontology, PhD

  • Equal opportunities for participation in physical activity, person-environment interaction and wellbeing

Milla Saajanaho, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Resilience, active ageing and psychological well-being

Laura Karavirta, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Ambulatory assessment of physical activity and heart rate for health and performance

Katja Pynnönen, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Counsellor in AGNES-promo: Promotion of active ageing among Finnish older people -study
  • Active ageing, perceived well-being, life goals, motivation, support of autonomy, social interaction

Johanna Eronen, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Health literacy among older persons

Anu Tourunen, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Mind-body connection; ambulatory heart rate in connection with psychological well-being and cognitive functioning, psychological and physiological resilience

Eeva Aartolahti, Postdoctoral Researcher

Timo Törmäkangas, Senior Researcher, statistician

  • Application of item response theory (IRT) models in measurement scale development.

Inna Lisko, Grant Researcher

  • Physical and cognitive health

International co-operation

Timo Hinrichs, Senior Researcher, Doctor of Medicine, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • The association between arterial stiffness and active ageing


Doctoral candidates

Kirsi Keskinen, M.Sc. Techn, M.Sc. (econ)

  • Outdoor mobility, environmental gerontology, spatial analyses

Lotta Palmberg, M.Sc. (Health Sciences), public health nurse

  • Fatigability, sleep, physical activity and unmet physical activity need

Sini Siltanen, M.Sc. (Health Sciences)

  • Doctoral dissertation about the associations of psychological resilience, physical performance, and perceived autonomy with active ageing

Heidi Skantz, M.Sc. (Health Sciences)

  • Themes related to the walking, walking modifications, unmet physical activity need and active ageing

Other research group

Markku Kauppinen, Project Researcher, statistician M.Sc.

Sini Sanaslahti, M.Sc. (Health Sciences)

  • Research coordinator

Niina Kajan, Project Researcher, M.Sc. (Sport Sciences)

  • Project management, communication
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