NEDIS - Research on Children's and Adolescents' Health Promotion

The NEDIS research group focuses on risk and protective factors on individual, school and societal levels influencing health and wellbeing of school-aged children and adolescents.

Background & Aims:

Knowing and understanding adolescent health and wellbeing in the present context is needed to create effective preventive public health measures and policies targeted at youth. Consequently, the NEDIS research group focuses its research efforts on risk and protective factors, and contexts of child and adolescent health. Our approach is mainly social epidemiology.


The NEDIS group is a research community with expertise from the field of health sciences, social psychology, epidemiology, and public health. PhD students complement the research group. The research group is located at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Health Sciences.

Research themes:

– Health and health behaviors of school-aged children and adolescents
– Associations between health and learning
– Covid-19 pandemic at schools
– Socio-economic health and welfare differences and how these differences are born
– Health and welfare services, particularly school health service, and health and learning support in schools
– Tobacco policies, particularly those concerning children and adolescents


The NEDIS research group cooperates with researchers in Finland, the Nordic countries and Europe. The group hosts the NEDIS Doctoral seminar (Research on Health Promotion of Children and Adolescents).

Learn more about NEDIS Research Group.


Group leader Arja Rimpelä, PhD, Emerita Professor (Health Sciences)
Tampere University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Health Sciences
+358 50 5698285

Group vice leader Pirjo Lindfors, PhD, University Lecturer
Tampere University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Health Sciences
+358 50 3526286