Suvi Virtanen

Suvi Maria Virtanen

Postdoctoral researcher

About me

My research interests include causes, consequences, and treatment of substance use disorders and related psychopathology. I am currently involved in a project investigating substance use disorders in Nordic prison populations (

Research description

Selected Publications

Association of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment with acute substance misuse outcomes. Virtanen S, Lagerberg T, Khemiri L, Suvisaari J, Larsson H, Lichtenstein P, Chang Z, Latvala A. Addiction 2022 Jan;117(1):234-242

Association of Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder With Subsequent Risk of Alcohol- or Drug-Related Disorders, Criminal Convictions, and Death: A Population-Based Family Study. Virtanen S, Sidorchuk A, Fernández de la Cruz L, Brander G, Lichtenstein P, Latvala A, Mataix-Cols D. Biol Psychiatry 2021 02;89(4):407-414

Longitudinal Associations of Childhood Internalizing Psychopathology With Substance Misuse: A Register-Based Twin and Sibling Study. Virtanen S, Kuja-Halkola R, Lundström S, D'Onofrio BM, Larsson H, Suvisaari J, Mataix-Cols D, Lichtenstein P, Latvala A. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2021 05;60(5):593-603

Birth cohort effects on the quantity and heritability of alcohol consumption in adulthood: a Finnish longitudinal twin study. Virtanen S, Kaprio J, Viken R, Rose RJ, Latvala A. Addiction 2019 05;114(5):836-846


PhD in Psychology, University of Helsinki (2021)

MA in Psychology, University of Helsinki (2018)

MSSc in Economic and Social History, University of Helsinki (2017)

BSSc in Economic and Social History, minor in Psychology, University of Helsinki (2015)