Evidence-based treatment of depression

10.05.2022 08:30 - 15:30
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Research Centre for Child Psychiatry and INVEST Research Flagship Center, University of Turku, Finland, are organizing a seminar/ webinar

Evidence-based treatment of depression

The goal of the seminar is to distribute knowledge on effective treatment of depression across the life span, and the possibilities provided by digital and digitally assisted mental health interventions. The speakers are leading scientists on the field of psychoterapy, depression and digitalized interventions. The topics will be discussed by professionals from the Finnish clinical community and research community.

The event is aimed at doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists and other health care professionals, and is open to anyone interested.

Register  by 8.5.2022. Link to  the online participation will be sent before the event by email.

Admission free. A recording of the event will be available for those who have registered for two weeks after the event.


8.30 Coffee
9.00 Opening words, professor Andre Sourander, Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, University of Turku
9.20 Psychotherapy across the life span: Opportunities and challenges – Professor Pim Cuijpers, Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
10.20 Commentary: Treatment of depression in Finland
Resident in Adolescent Psychiatry, psychotherapy trained, Tiina Alihanka – Department of Adolescent Psychiatry, Turku University Hospital; Chief  Physician Noora Scheinin – Finnish Student Health Service; Chief Physician, specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapist Silja Runsten – Geriatric Psychiatry Working Group, Hospital Nova of Central Finland; Psychologist, psychotherapist Päivi Oravainen – Kohtauspiste. Chair: Assistant Professor David Gyllenberg, Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, University of Turku
11.15 Lunch break
12.30 Voimaperheet digitally assisted CBT intervention for depressive symptoms during pregnancy – Research Coordinator Terja Ristkari, Researcher Tarja Korpilahti-Leino, Researcher Tarja Koffert
13.00 Developing and studying blended interventions for depression and anxiety in routine mental health care settings – Professor Heleen Riper, Department Clinical, Developmental and Neuro Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
14.00 Research on digital interventions for depression – Professor Pim Cuijpers
14.30 Break
14.45 Panel discussion on digital interventions
Chief Physician Teemu Parpala – Central Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Services Soite, psychologist Ilona Halme from student health care, Postdoctoral Researcher Azam Yunus – INVEST Research Flagship, University of Turku, Coaches Saana Sourander and Linda Casagrande – Voimaperheet Yhdessä vahvaksi research project, Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, University of Turku. Chair: Senior Researcher Miika Vuori, Research Centre for Child Psychiatry, University of Turku
15.15-15.30 Summary of the day

For additional information, please contact Jarna Lindroos (firstname.lastname@utu.fi).



Professor Pim Cuijpers

Professor Pim Cuijpers is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Dissemination of Psychological Interventions. Pim Cuijpers is specialised in conducting randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses on prevention and psychological treatments of common mental disorders. Much of his work is aimed at prevention of mental disorders, psychological treatments of depression and anxiety disorders, and Internet-delivered treatments. Professor Cuijpers has been ranked the world’s number one top expert on research on psychotherapy, and he is also in the top three of experts on depression.

Professor Heleen Riper

Professor Heleen Riper is Professor of eMental-Health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and works as well at GGZ inGeest a large mental health service organization in the Amsterdam region. She is honorary professor Telepsychiatry at the University of Southern Denmark and a visiting professor at the University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine, Finland. Over the past 20 years her research focus has been on the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative eMental-Health interventions for common mental disorders from prevention to treatment. In 2020 she has been ranked by the Web of Science in the top of 1% mostly cited researchers in her cross-sectional domain. 

Voimaperheet research group

Voimaperheet research group evaluates the effectiveness of the digitalized CBT-intervention “YHDESSÄ VAHVAKSI” in treatment of perinatal depressive symptoms in mothers screened from the general population. It will also assess the personal, familial and treatment-related factors that may affect the impact of the treatment.