Outi Lauhakangas, Dr. Soc. S., is a social psychologist specializing in paremiological research. Her doctoral thesis examined the functions of proverbs in social interaction (2004). Her contributions on paremiology include the publication of the Matti Kuusi International Type System of Proverbs, originally developed by Matti Kuusi. She serves as editorial consultant for the journal Proverbium and is the current president of the General Assembly of the International Association of Paremiology (Tavira, Portugal).