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Two-Year Membership Year Starts August 1st

Membership in the Association provides a subscription to current news and other various announcements by the Association as well as a discounted registration fee at the upcoming conferences.

Membership runs from August 1st – July 31st and is active for two years. Memberships for regular members are $100.00; memberships for students are $50.00 (all amounts in U.S. Dollars).

Following enquiries from some members we have introduced a new membership category this year, called a “premium membership”. Premium membership allows members to pay their own membership fees, as well as the membership fee for another individual who cannot afford to pay membership dues.  We see this as one way to sustain our current membership and to support new and diverse members.  A premium membership can support a specific person (please email IALSP email the person’s name) or it may be allocated by the executive.  If you are not in a financial position to renew your membership (and we are very aware of the financial difficulties some members are experiencing) please contact IALSP, as you may be considered for one of these sponsored memberships. A premium membership is $200 (USD).

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IALSP Executive Officers for 2018-2020

President – Liz Jones
LJonesLiz Jones, PhD (Uni of Qld), is an Associate Professor and Director of Organisational Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Her research interests are in an intergroup approach to health and organisational communication, and has used Communication Accommodation Theory in a number of her studies. She is interested in both health practitioner-patient communication and interprofessional practice, with a particular interest in giving voice to those from non-dominant groups. She also studies communication during organisational change. She has a strong interest in the translation of research for communication skills training and improvements in healthcare delivery, as well as students undertaking work placements. She has been on the IALSP Executive since 2006. She was previously Chair of the Intergroup Communication Interest group for International Communication Association. She also co-chaired the Health Communication taskforce for IALSP.

Immediate Past President – Maggie Pitts

MPitts_BioMargaret “Maggie” Pitts (PhD Penn State University, USA) is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona, USA. She was introduced, and immediately folded into, her scholarly IALSP family at the 2002 ICLASP in Hong Kong. She has participated in each subsequent conference and has been an active member of the Executive since 2004. For over a decade, ICLASP has been the primary venue for Maggie to showcase her research and that of her students. Not only has she been a stable figure at ICLASP since 2002, increasingly her students have become active participants in the Association and the Executive Board. As immediate past president, she is keen to continue to reach out to emerging scholars and continue to grow the Association. Using qualitative methods of inquiry, Maggie has established a productive line of research exploring language and communication during lifespan transitions. She has contributed several encyclopedia entries, (co)authored more than a dozen book chapters, and more than two dozen peer-reviewed scholarly articles appearing in journals such as the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Health Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Language and Communication, and the International Journal of Intercultural Relations. She serves on the editorial board of our affiliate journal, the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and is also co-author/editor of two ground breaking books on positive communication, Positive Communication in Health and Wellness and The Positive Side of Interpersonal Communication.

President Elect (and Regional Representative for North America) – Kim Noels

Kimberly A. Noels (PhD U Ottawa) studied linguistics, communication, and psychology, and she is currently a Professor in the Social and Cultural Psychology area of the Department of Psychology and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Her research interests focus on intercultural communication, particularly the role of sociocultural ecology in language learning, the interplay between language and ethnic identity, as well as the importance of language and communication in the process of acculturation. Her research has received awards from several international associations, including the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research on Bilingualism from IALSP. In 2018, she served as the conference chair for the 16th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, in Edmonton, AB, Canada.


TreasurerYan Bing Zhang

YBZhangYan Bing Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She served as the Director of the Undergraduate Program 2006 to 2017. Yan Bing studies communication, conflict management, and intergroup/intercultural relations with a particular focus on age, ethnic, and cultural groups. She is interested in the ways in which cognitive schemas, societal norms and values, and media representations of groups relate to communication processes. She also studies the influence that intergroup/intercultural contact has on interpersonal outcomes and reduction of intergroup prejudice and biases. Her publications have gained places in some top domestic and international communication and interdisciplinary journals including Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Media and Society, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, International Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, Asian Journal of Communication, and China Media Research. Yan Bing has not missed a single ICLASP conference since 2000 (Cardiff, England). She has presented many papers at the ICLASP conferences, most of which are published afterwards. She looks forward to serving as ICLASP Treasurer.

SecretaryRachyl Pines

Rachyl Pines is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She conducts research in healthcare communication, such as nurses communicating with aggravated patients in emergency departments. and language translation such as the use of interpreters in healthcare. Rachyl has served as the IALSP secretary since September 2017.

Communications OfficerJessica Gasiorek

Jessica Gasiorek (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She was introduced to IALSP at its 2012 conference in Leeuwarden, and then helped organize the following conference, ICLASP14, in Honolulu, HI in 2014.  She received her A.B. from Princeton University in French and Italian, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Communication. She studies message processing, social cognition, and intergroup communication. Her research focuses on how people process and produce messages, how people adapt and adjust for one another, and how people create understanding. She is also interested in the role of communication in people’s collective ideas about age and aging, and the implications this has for social dynamics, social evaluations, and people’s subjective well-being.

Publicity OfficerMarko Dragojevic

mdragojevicMarko Dragojevic (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. He studies language and interpersonal/intergroup communication. In particular, his research focuses on the communicative significance of linguistic variation – that is, differences in language use, including the use of different accents, dialects, and languages. His research tries to answer three broad questions: (1) How do we evaluate different language varieties and the speakers who use them? (2) How do those evaluations influence our own and others’ communicative behavior? (3) What are the cognitive and affective processes underlying those effects? He pursues these questions in three related lines of research: language attitudes, linguistic accommodation, and linguistic framing in persuasion. His recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Human Communication Research, Language in Society, and Journal of Health Communication.

Regional Representatives

Africa – Itesh Sachdev

ISachdev(Prof. Dr) Itesh Sachdev, born and raised in Kenya as a multilingual vegan, received his formal education in Kenya, UK & Canada. Following his doctorate in social psychology, his professional academic career has been at the University ofLondon (UK) – at Birkbeck in Applied Linguistics and as Director of the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in ‘Languages of the Wider World’. He has also held the Fritz Karsen Chair at Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany), served as president of the International Association for Language and Social Psychology, and president of the British Association for Canadian Studies.  He has conducted research in the social psychology of language and intergroup relations with members of various ethnolinguistic groups including those in/from Bolivia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia and the UK.   He is currently Emeritus Professor of Language & Communication at SOAS, University of London,  and his current research focuses on issues of urban multilingualism and multiculturalism.

Asia – James Liu

Dr. James Hou-fu Liu (刘豁夫) is Professor at Massey University whose vision is “to be the defining Applied School of Psychology for Australasia and the South Pacific that makes a difference in individual and collective lives.” He completed a BSc at Illinois in 1984 and worked as a computer scientist in LA. He then did a PhD at UCLA in 1992, and was a post-doc at Florida Atlantic University from 1992-4. He taught at Victoria University of Wellington (becoming Professor and Co-Director of its Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research) from 1994-2014. His research is in social, cross-cultural, and political psychology, specializing in social representations of history and their impact on group identity, & the connections between digital mass media and mental health. Most of James’ many publications (195) can downloaded for free from GoogleScholar. A naturalized citizen of two countries, he describes himself as a “Chinese-American-New Zealander”. Having served as President, Secretary General, Treasurer, and flagship journal Editor-in-Chief for the Asian Association of Social Psychology, he is keen to promote global scholarship in the Asia-Pacific region through a philosophy of interconnectedness. In keeping with this he is now regional representative for Asia for the International Association of Language and Social Psychology, and senior editorial advisor for the Asian Journal of Social Psychology.

AsiaMark Seilhamer

MSeilhamerMark Fifer Seilhamer is a Lecturer in the English Language and Literature Academic Group of the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has lived and taught in a variety of Asia-Pacific contexts – San Francisco, Guam, Hawaii, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore, where he received his Ph.D. from National University of Singapore in 2011. With his introduction to IALSP at the 2014 conference in Honolulu, he immediately found it to be a very welcoming scholarly community. Research projects that he has been involved with include a qualitative study of the impact foreign language abilities have on identity in Taiwan and studies in Singapore investigating multilingual accommodation, attitudes toward Singlish, and Singaporean attitudes toward aging (as manifested in language use with the elderly). He is currently examining the role of language in Singapore primary school mathematics lessons and rapidly changing linguistic landscapes in Yangon, Myanmar.

Australia and Oceania – Ann Rogerson

Ann Rogerson is a Senior Lecturer at University of Wollongong, Australia. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), as well as masters degrees in management and higher education. Her doctoral thesis focused on intergroup workplace conversations between managers and their superiors and subordinates, prompted by her years working in human resources in the corporate environment. Ann teaches postgraduate organisational behaviour, communication and leadership subjects in Australia and overseas. Ann has a broad range of experience to demonstrate the importance of communication in the business world to enhance understanding and practical application of accommodating a range of intergroup memberships in workplaces. In senior managerial positions in the airline industry, and as a national human resources manager for travel management companies, Ann has worked with people over the Asia Pacific region encouraging intercultural communication and understanding. Her interest in interpersonal conversations and writing analysis has led to

another body of work in the area of academic integrity. After joining IALSP in 2010 and missing the ICLASP in Brisbane that year, she finally made it to ICLASP 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii, which encouraged her not to miss ICLASP15 in Bangkok, Thailand, and the most recent ICLASP16 in Edmonton, Canada where she was delighted to join the executive.

Australia and Oceania – Nicola Sheeran

Nicola, (PhD Clinical Psychology, Griffith University) is a Lecturer at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia as well as a practicing clinical psychologist. teaches and supervises in the undergraduate, honours and clinical postgraduate psychology programs. Her research interests sit generally in women and family mental health and at the intersection of clinical, health and social psychology. Specifically, Nicola is interested in health and intergroup communication, particularly improving communication between health professionals and patients from disadvantaged groups; interprofessional learning and improving the education of health professionals; facilitating student success in tertiary education; and attitudes, stereotypes and discrimination, particularly around parenthood, unplanned pregnancy and adolescent motherhood. Nicola was introduced to IALSP at ICLASP in Leeuwarden, Netherlands in 2012 as a PhD student and quickly felt at home. She unfortunately missed ICLASP Honolulu, Hawai’i due to a break from academia to pursue Clinical practice, before being welcomed back into the family in Bangkok, Thailand 2016. Nicola joined the executive at ICLASP 16 in Edmonton, Canada and looks forward to being a part of this welcoming and supportive association.

EuropeMartin Ehala

Ehala2014Martin Ehala (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Tartu in Estonia. His main research interests are the theory of ethnolinguistic vitality, language ecology, and the development of the Estonian linguistic environment. He has also published on topics related to language and identity, and contact-induced changes in Estonian. Currently, he is the PI of the project “Sustainability of Estonian in the Era of Globalization” ( His previous major project was “Ethnolinguistic Vitality and Identity Construction: Estonia in the Context of Other Baltic Countries” which compared the vitalities of the Baltic Russian speaking minorities using an innovative quantitative model of subjective vitality.

EuropeKarolina Hansen

Karolina Hansen is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Research on Prejudice at the University of Warsaw, Poland, and a research affiliate at Yale. She received her PhD in psychology from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Her research interests are in the fields of social psychology, sociolinguistics, and cross-cultural psychology. They include topics such as accent attitudes, stereotyping, gender-fair language, linguistic biases, and cross-cultural differences in social cognition. Currently, she studies accent attitudes in Poland, Germany, UK, and the US. She has published in diverse journals including Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Experimental Psychology. She is an associate editor of Psychology of Language and Communication and Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Latin AmericaVirginia Gründler

Virginia Gründler received her Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology and Learning from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is a teacher trainer, she teaches English as a foreign language to future teachers of different subjects at the National Administration of Public Education in different provinces in Uruguay. She is also an honorary Assistant at the Foreign Languages Center of the University of the Republic in Montevideo. Her main research interests are in the fields of psychology, education, foreign language learning and motivation.

North AmericaKatie Collins

Katherine (Katie) A. Collins (PhD; University of Ottawa) is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she conducts research on the role of language in the transmission, maintenance, and formation of beliefs. Her current interests include social and cultural issues as well as intergroup processes, perception, and communication.

Student Representatives

North America – Doris Zhang

Ying Shan (Doris) Zhang (MA) is a current Ph.D. student in Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Alberta. She received her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Denver. Doris enjoys language, acculturation and multiculturalism research. Specifically, she is interested to examine the impact of language, as well as social and cultural factors on ethnic racial minorities’ well-being and development.

North America – Samantha Stanley

Samantha Stanley is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. Her program of research centers on the shaping and enactment of identity through communication in health contexts (such as e-cigarette and cigarette use, vaccination against HPV, and sexual health). Recently her work has focused on the role of intergroup communication in health behaviors. Samantha is an ORISE research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation Office of Communication.