Anna Pulakka
PhD

Senior Researcher, Public Health (Department of Clinical Medicine)

anna.pulakka@utu.fi
+358 29 450 4453
+358 50 448 5143

Joukahaisenkatu 3-5
Turku


Areas of expertise
Public health, global health, physical activity, accelerometers, smoking

Biography

I am a global and public health expert with experience of objective physical activity measurements in both children and adults. My PhD study in the field of International Health at University of Tampere encompassed developing and validating accelerometer measurement methods for young children in low-resource settings in Malawi. I also used these methods to investigate the effects of nutrition intervention on physical activity.

I have worked as a senior researcher in the Finnish Retirement and Aging study (FIREA, www.utu.fi/firea) at University of Turku since 2015. I have been planning and supervising the accelerometer data collection and investigating different analysis methods for the accelerometer data. I have also published several articles related to accelerometer-measured physical activity and health behaviour changes in retirement transition.



Teaching

Global health, physical activity measurements



Publications
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Daily physical activity patterns among aging workers: the Finnish Retirement and Aging Study (FIREA) (2019)
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Pulakka A, Leskinen T, Koster A, Pentti J, Vahtera J, Stenholm S
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Path analyses of risk factors for linear growth faltering in four prospective cohorts of young children in Ghana, Malawi and Burkina Faso (2019) Prado E.L., Yakes Jimenez E., Vosti S., Stewart R., Stewart C.P., Somé J., Pulakka A., Ouédraogo J.B., Okronipa H., Ocansey E., Oaks B., Maleta K., Lartey A., Kortekangas E., Hess S.Y., Brown K., Bendabenda J., Ashorn U., Ashorn P., Arimond M., Adu-Afarwuah S., Abbeddou S., Dewey K.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Association Between Employment Status and Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: The Maastricht Study (2018)
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Pulakka Anna, Stenholm Sari, Bosma Hans, Schaper Nicolaas C, Salverberg Hans HCM, Stehouwer Coen DA, van der Kallen Carla JH, Dagnelie Pieter C, Sep Simone JS, Koster Annemarie
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Change in physical activity and accumulation of cardiometabolic risk factors (2018)
Preventive Medicine
Tuija Leskinen, Sari Stenholm, Olli J. Heinonen, Anna Pulakka, Ville Aalto, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Changes in non-occupational sedentary behaviours across the retirement transition: The Finnish Retirement and Aging (FIREA) study (2018)
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Leskinen T., Pulakka A., Heinonen O., Pentti J., Kivimäki M., Vahtera J., Stenholm S.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Changes in Smoking During Retirement Transition: A Longitudinal Cohort Study (2018)
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Pulakka A, Halonen JI, Pentti J, Kivimäki M, Vahtera J, Stenholm S
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Classification and processing of 24-hour wrist accelerometer data (2018) Pulakka A, Shiroma EJ, Harris TB, Pentti J, Vahtera J, Stenholm S
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The effect of retirement on subjective and objective sleep characteristics: the Finnish Retirement and Aging study (2018)
Journal of Sleep Research
Myllyntausta S, Pulakka A, Salo P, Kronholm E, Pentti J, Oksanen T, Kivimaki M, Vahtera J, Stenholm S
(
O2 Other)

Distance From Home to the Nearest Tobacco Outlet May Not Reflect the True Accessibility—Reply (2017)
JAMA Internal Medicine
Anna Pulakka, Ichiro Kawachi, Mika Kivimäki
(
B1 Journal article)

Effect of 12-month intervention with lipid-based nutrient supplement on the physical activity of Malawian toddlers: a randomised, controlled trial (2017)
British Journal of Nutrition
A. Pulakka, Y. B. Cheung, K. Maleta, K. G. Dewey, C. Kumwenda, J. Bendabenda, U. Ashorn, P. Ashorn
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Height gain after two-years-of-age is associated with better cognitive capacity, measured with Raven’s coloured matrices at 15-years-of-age in Malawi (2017)
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Tiina Teivaanmäki, Yin Bun Cheung, Anna Pulakka, Jussi Virkkala, Kenneth Maleta, Per Ashorn
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Predictors and pathways of language and motor development in four prospective cohorts of young children in Ghana, Malawi, and Burkina Faso (2017)
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Prado EL, Abbeddou S, Adu-Afarwuah S, Arimond M, Ashorn P, Ashorn U, Bendabenda J, Brown KH, Hess SY, Kortekangas E, Lartey A, Maleta K, Oaks BM, Ocansey E, Okronipa H, Ouedraogo JB, Pulakka A, Some JW, Stewart CP, Stewart RC, Vosti SA, Jimenez EY, Dewey KG, Dewey KG
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Trajectories of risky drinking around the time of statutory retirement: a longitudinal latent class analysis (2017)
Addiction
Halonen JI, Stenholm S, Pulakka A, Kawachi I, Aalto V, Pentti J, Lallukka T, Virtanen M, Vahtera J, Kivimaki M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Association Between Distance From Home to Tobacco Outlet and Smoking Cessation and Relapse (2016)
JAMA Internal Medicine
Anna Pulakka, Jaana I. Halonen, Ichiro Kawachi, Jaana Pentti, Sari Stenholm, Markus Jokela, Ilkka Kaate, Markku Koskenvuo, Jussi Vahtera, Mika Kivimäki
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Change in Neighborhood Disadvantage and Change in Smoking Behaviors in Adults: A Longitudinal, Within-individual Study (2016)
Epidemiology
Jaana I. Halonen, Anna Pulakka, Sari Stenholm, Jaana Pentti, Ichiro Kawachi, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Changes in physical activity during transition to retirement : a cohort study (2016)
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Sari Stenholm, Anna Pulakka, Ichiro Kawachi, Tuula Oksanen, Jaana I. Halonen, Ville Aalto, Mika Kivimaki, Jussi Vahtera
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Fyysisen aktiivisuuden ja fyysisen passiivisuuden yhteydet terveyteen ja hyvinvointiin lapsilla (2016) Tieteelliset perusteet varhaisvuosien fyysisen aktiivisuuden suosituksille Eero A. Haapala, Anna Pulakka, Henna L. Haapala, Timo A. Lakka
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D2 Article in a professional research book)

Iloa, leikkiä ja yhdessä tekemistä – Varhaisvuosien fyysisen aktiivisuuden suositukset (2016) Varhaisvuosien fyysisen aktiivisuuden suositusten asiantuntijaryhmä Arja Sääkslahti, Nina Korhonen, Päivi Aalto-Nevalainen, Timo Ahonen, Piritta Asunta, Eero Haapala, Arja-Sisko Holappa, Jukka Karvinen, Tuomas Kurttila, Anna-Liisa Kyhälä, Timo Lakka, Arto Laukanen, Mari Miettinen, Kaisu Muuronen, Päivi Mäki, Suvi Määttä, Leena Paavolainen, Matti Pietilä, Anna Pulakka, Elina Pulli, Anneli Pönkkö, Sari Rautio, Jyrki Reunamo, Eva Roos, Anne Soini, Kirsi Tarkka, Helena Viholainen
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D4 Published development or research report or study)

Malawian parents' perceptions of physical activity and child development: A qualitative study (2015)
Child: Care, Health and Development
Pulakka A., Ashorn P., Gondwe A., Phiri N., Ashorn U.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-22-07 at 02:19