PhD, Professor of psychology at the University of Turku, Finland

Christina Salmivalli has done school-based research on bullying and its evidence-based prevention for 25 years.

She is the principal investigator of the evaluation of the KiVa antibullying program, which was developed in her team with funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The KiVa program has been awarded both nationally and internationally, and is widely implemented in schools in Finland and elsewhere.

Salmivalli has published numerous widely cited research articles, book chapters, and books on the topics of children’s peer relations and school bullying.

She has been in charge for numerous large-scale projects funded by the Academy of Finland and other funding organizations in Finland and at the European level.

Prof. Salmivalli’s current research interests include different approaches to tackle bullying and their effectiveness in the short and in the long term, the sustainability of the implementation of prevention programs, and mediating mechanisms of program effects.