Annaliza Lagrutta

Annaliza LagruttaAnnaliza Lagrutta is an Adjunct Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, USA. Lagrutta earned her BA in psychology from San Francisco State University and worked for six years with an international Landscape Architecture firm. During that time she had the opportunity to travel and learn how psychology impacts the decision of architectural designs in our environment.  She returned to her hometown of Stockton and attended National University to earn her MA in Counselling Psychology which has always been her passion. While in her master programme, she worked with developmental disabled adults in the community. For the past 16 years Lagrutta has been Mental Health Clinician providing services to adults who are mentally disabled on an outpatient basis with San Joaquin County Behavioural Health.

She is a passionate learner and appreciate the experiences of learning new things to enhance my understanding of my field. Lagrutta is a lifelong learner who appreciates all aspects of education. She believes a good education can transform lives and positively affect our community. Her goal as an educator is to support my students in making their own unique impact on society. She believes all her students can succeed in their dreams of the future.

Credits to San Joaquin Delta College

Published: 24 March 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Pekka Sauri

Pekka SauriPekka Sauri is a Finnish psychologist and a Green League politician. He is currently the deputy mayor of Finland’s capital city, Helsinki. Sauri became well known in Finland during the late 1990s for hosting a popular radio show Yölinja (“Nightline”) in which he tried to help callers with their various personal problems. Sauri attended the University of Helsinki, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1975, master’s in 1977 and licentiate degree in 1980. In 1990 he got his PhD from the Brunel University. He has been active in the municipal politics of Helsinki since mid-1980s. From 1993 to 2003 he was an elected member of the city council. In 2001 he became the chairman of the city council, and in 2003 he was appointed the deputy mayor of Helsinki, being the first Green politician to achieve such posts in any Finnish municipality. He was the party secretary of the Green League 1990—1991 and the chairman 1991—1993. Sauri has not been elected to the Finnish Parliament despite being a candidate several times. Sauri has written several books and his caricature cartoons have been published in many Finnish papers.

He was editor- in-chief of Suomi magazine in the 1980’s and was a radio journalist at Radio City Station and then Finnish Broadcasting Company until the early 2000’s with Nightline, a live phone-in programme for listeners in distress or mental crises. In total, he talked to over 12 000 people in live broadcast. He has also worked as an independent researcher, educator, writer, translator and cartoonist.  He has published a number of books on psychology, communication and education.

Credits to City of Helsinki and Moscow Urban Forum

Published: 13 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015