Current position and affiliation: Researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare, (Helsinki, Finland); York University (Toronto, Canada); University of Helsinki (Finland).
Involvement with youth mental health and research interests and activities:
My research interests are the process, mechanisms, and outcomes of psychotherapy: What are the patient, therapist, and relationship determinants of effective psychotherapy? With my colleagues at the National Institute for Health and Welfare, we have investigated these questions in a large comparative trial of short-term, (solution-focused and psychodynamic) and long-term (psychodynamic and psychoanalytic) psychotherapies, the Helsinki Psychotherapy Study (www.thl.fi/hps). I also currently conduct post-doctoral research at York University, Toronto, investigating the cognitive-affective changes during client-centered and emotion-focused therapies. In addition, I am involved in several studies on how effective psychotherapists develop, with colleagues in Finland, Scandinavia, and beyond. My research aims at better theoretical understanding of how psychotherapy works, and, in practice, how to better match patients with therapists and treatments to optimize the effectiveness of therapy.
Professional website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Erkki_Heinonen
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