Professor of psychology, University of Turku
Christina Salmivalli, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and the deputy head of the INVEST flagship research center (https://invest.utu.fi/) at the University of Turku. She holds a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Turku. Dr. Salmivalli has conducted research on school bullying and its evidence-based prevention for three decades. She has published widely on children’s peer relations and bullying in top-tier scientific journals. Salmivalli’s team developed the KiVa® antibullying program, which is implemented in large scale evaluations in Finland and in 20 other countries. She received the Finnish Science Award in 2017. The award is granted by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture based on the proposal of the Board of the Academy of Finland, in recognition of significant scientific achievements. In 2020, she was a recipient of the European Research Council’s (ERC) Advanced Grant for a 5-year project to study the most challenging cases of bullying. In 2021, Salmivalli received the William Thierry Prayer Award (European Association for Developmental Psychology) for excellence in research on human development.