Lea Pulkkinen

International scientific advisory board

Ph.D. University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 1970. Doctor Honoris Causa 2009.
Post-doctoral studies at Sussex University, UK 1972-73.
Visiting scholar in the USA, at the University of California, Berkeley; Arizona State University; North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Indiana University Bloomington; and in the UK, at the University of Cambridge.
She has worked at the University of Jyväskylä since 1961 as research and teaching assistant, lecturer, associate professor, professor, and Dean.
Academy Professor 1996-2001, and Director of the national Centre of Excellence “Human Development and Its Risk Factors” 1997-2005.
Her honors include: President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) 1991-1996; Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and the Academia Europaea; Finnish Science Prize 2001, Aristotle Prize in 2003, Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the SRCD 2005 and ISSBD 2006, and Finnish State Award for Life-time Work 2011.

Professor of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, emerita, 2006

Her major research projects are: (1) the ongoing Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development which she began in 1968 when the study participants (369) were 8 years of age.
The latest data were collected in 2009 at age 50; (2) the Longitudinal Study of Health and Behavior in Finnish Twin children (FinnTwin 12, co-chair) in which 2800 twin pairs have been followed from age 12 to early adulthood; and  (3) a three-year intervention study in Finnish schools for the promotion of socio-emotional development in children via a flexible (integrated) school day structure.

Her teaching activities were mostly focused on research seminars and the supervision of MA and doctoral theses.
Lecture courses were on personality and social development. She was a member of many national and international committees, and she has been invited to deliver numerous talks about human development and factors that affect it in Finland and abroad.


  • Pulkkinen, L. (2014). Self-control at the heart of successful development. In R. M. Lerner, A. C. Petersen, R. K. Silbereisen, and J. Brooks-Gunn (Eds.). The developmental science of adolescence: History through autobiography (pp. 373-385).New York: Psychology Press Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Pulkkinen, L., Kokko, K., & Rantanen, J. (2012). Paths from socioemotional behavior in middle childhood to personality in middle adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1283-1291.
  • Pulkkinen, L., Lyyra, A.-L., & Kokko, K. (2009). Life success of males on nonoffender, adolescence-limited, persistent and adult-onset antisocial pathways: Follow-up from age 8 to 42. Aggressive Behavior, 35, 117-135.
  • Pulkkinen, L., Kaprio, J., & Rose, R. J. (Eds.), (2006). Socioemotional development and health from adolescence to adulthood. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pulkkinen, L., Vaalamo, I., Hietala, R., Kaprio, J., & Rose, R.J. (2003). Peer reports of adaptive behavior in twins and singletons: Is twinship a risk or an advantage? Twin Research, 6, 106-118.