Mirjam Kalland is a professor in the Department of Education in the University of Helsinki. She has a PhD in pedagogy and is a senior lecturer in social work and family research in the University of Helsinki as well as in the Sibelius Academy. She studies parenthood, parental support and ways to support socio-emotional development in early childhood education. She also has a degree in psychotherapy for children and is an active writer and lecturer. Mirjam Kalland is the chair of Mannerheim League for Child Welfare.