Mariliis graduated from Tallinn University of Technology in 2009 with a BSc in Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology and University of Tartu in 2011 with a MScHS in Public Health (Epidemiology). During her Masters studies she developed interest in substance use prevention and she wrote her thesis about adolescents’ alcohol consumption. In 2010 Mariliis started working in National Institute for Health Development, in her home country Estonia. She was involved in various activities, e.g., developing of a prevention program, conducting mystery shopping on a national level, giving input to alcohol policy development. In addition she gained teaching experience from University of Tartu in 2010-2015, where she carried out lectures for students of Faculty of Medicine on drug and alcohol use prevention.
Mariliis’ primary research interests are related to parents’ attitudes and behaviour towards children’s substance use. She started her PhD in Public Health and Primary Care degree in the Primary Care Unit in 2015. Her project will examine the effectiveness of alcohol consumption prevention program in Estonia. Mariliis is supervised by Dr Felix Naughton and Professor Stephen Sutton.