Study Psychologist

Study psychologist provide individual and group counselling, workshops, online courses, webinars and study-related materials. All current activities can be found on this page.





You can make an appointment with a study psychologist if

  • You are a degree student or exchange student at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The services are not available for the students of Open University of Applied Sciences.
  • You need help with study related problems that have not been resolved by other study guidance and counselling

You can contact the study psychologist for study related problems such as:

  • Feeling stuck with the studies
  • Study-related self-esteem
  • Motivation issues
  • Coping with stress and tension
  • Returning to studies after a long break
  • Other issues related to learning, such as exam or thesis anxiety, time management, learning disabilities, problems with writing processes

Please note that study psychologist provide only counselling and cannot do psychological assesments. 


The objective of the counselling is together find new perspective, practise study skills and enhance study ability.  Meetings are confidential and last approximately 45 minutes. There are usually 1-5 sessions per student. Please do cancellation latest 24 hours before the scheduled appointment so we can help other students in the waiting list. Uncancelled appointments will be counted in the 5 time maximum. 


Counselling is provided on the Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses and remotely.  When booking tell us your preference or if all the options are fine. 


Note! Counselling if fully booked for the spring semester 2023. The booking for study psychologist appointments is closed and opens again on 14.8.2023. 


For other than study related issues: please contact the Finnish Student Health Services (FSHS) for an appointment.  

Acute help & crisis situations: 

  • Oulun kriisikeskus (Oulu Crisis Center) offers short term counselling and guidance in crises for anyone living or staying in Finland. Call 044 3690 500 (Mon-Fri 9am-2pm). 
  • Oulun mielenterveyspäivystys (Oulu Mental health service).  Call 044 703 5940 (Mon-Thu 8am–4pm, Fri 8am–3pm).  
  • Oulu University Hospital: for acute psychiatric help call 08 315 2655.
  • Student Chaplaincy
  • Crisis Helpline. Discuss your thoughts, feelings and situation in life with a worker or a trained volunteer over the phone.

Study Psychologists


Pauliina Junnikkala

Study Psychologist


Kiia Kilponen

Study Psychologist


Saara Kuusisto

Study Psychologist


Hanna-Liisa Kärsämä

Study Psychologist


Groups and workshops

You can find more information about Academic Affairs´ groups and workshops on our website. Our services are available for the students of Oulu University od Applied Sciences and the students of the University of Oulu. 


Moodle Courses

Study Skills Course 

Learn how to learn and feel better! The goal of this online course is to create tools in your toolkit to help your studies progress and increase your study well-being. You will get feedback on your progress from the study psychologists. The course will open on September 1st 2023.

  • Course themes: study techniques, time management, motivation, study related self-image and self-esteem, stress management.
  • Participation: You can complete the course independently on Moodle

Everyday Acceptance Course

Strengthen your psychological flexibility and stress management skills with the Everyday acceptance Moodle course. The course is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). You will get feedback on your progress from the study psychologists.  The course will open on September 1st 2023.

  • Course themes: thoughts and emotions, values, mindfulness, self-compassion and acceptance.
  • Participation: You can complete the course independently on Moodle


Studying at a University.  Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. Student life and life as a student - what do I need to know about it?


Goal orientation and planning. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin.  How to maintain motivation and efficiency as a student? Clarifying the long term goals and creating good plans is motivating. When your motivated, goal oriented and well planned you can also manage your time and stress better. 


Time management. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. How can you make yourself an effective plan for your studies? Why is calendar an important tool for students?


Study techniques. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. There are different studying techniques and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for the other. Self knowledge is important, when searching for the best methods for oneself. When studying different types of materials, it's often best to use different strategies. 


Student well-being. Study Psychologist Hilla Marin. Student well-being is always a subjective experience of one's own well-being. It could be described as a state where studies are progressing and there's room for other important things in life as well. What about if well-being is at risk? What to do when you are not feeling well? 


Coping with stress. Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala talks about stress management. 


Study skills. Study Psychologist Kiia Kilponen tells about academic study skills. 



Tips for studying Padlet. Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala. Tips compiled by a Study Psychologist for more effective studying. 


Tips for well-being Padlet. Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala. Study Psychologist´s tips to support well-being. 


Supporting your studies guide. Study Psychologist Pauliina Junnikkala. Tips for studying.