Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino studied in the University of Tampere and graduated in medicine (MD) in 1989 and social sciences (BSc) in 2000. She became specialist in psychiatry in 1999 and in adolescent psychiatry in 2004, and specialist in forensic psychiatry in University of Turku in 2016. The Finnish medical Association has acknowledged her special competence in adolescent medicine in 2014. She defended her academic dissertation on patients’ experiences of involuntary treatment in 1995 and was nominated adjunct professor in social psychiatry (University of Tampere) in 2000 and in adolescent psychiatry (University of Oulu) in 2008. She worked in Tampere School of Public Health as senior assistant professor and later professor of social psychiatry, and as senior consultant in Tampere University Hospital. In 2002 she was appointed as chief psychiatrist in the adolescent forensic unit of Tampere University hospital that opened in 2003. Since 2005 she is the director of the Department of Adolescent Psychiatry, comprising the specialist level adolescent psychiatric services and the tertiary level adolescent forensic service and gender identity service for minors in Tampere University Hospital. She is the professor of adolescent psychiatry in the University of Tampere since 2009. Her research interests focus on aggression and violence in adolescent mental disorders; puberty, sexual behaviour and gender identity in adolescence; and adolescent mental health epidemiology and health services research, particularly involuntary treatment and use of coercion in psychiatric care. She is a member of board in EFCAP / EU (European association for forensic child and adolescent psychiatry) and the chairperson of the EFCAP Finland.