Executive Committee

Officers and representatives for the organization are elected every two years at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is typically held at IALSP's biannual conference. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 elections and AGM were held virtually. The Executive Committee meets monthly or bi-monthly (as circumstances require) to address issues related to the organization and to assist in planning the organization's biannual conference.

If you have a query for a specific officer or representative, you are welcome to contact them directly. If you have a general question for the Executive Committee, please email: ialsp.exec@gmail.com.


President: Liz Jones

Liz Jones, PhD (Uni of Qld), is currently Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University but will commence as Head of Department of Psychology at Monash Malaysia in November 2020. 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. She was co-lead of the first AASP-IALSP Small Group meeting in 2019. She has been on the IALSP Executive since 2006. She was previously Chair of the Intergroup Communication Interest group for International Communication Association and co-chaired the Health Communication taskforce for IALSP. She has been President since 2018.

Immediate Past President: Maggie Pitts

Margaret “Maggie” Pitts (PhD Penn State University, USA) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Arizona, USA. While a graduate student, Maggie was introduced to IALSP by Jon Nussbaum 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 almost 20 years, IALSP has served as Maggie’s closest scholarly family and ICLASP has been the primary venue to showcase her research and that of her students’. Now her own graduate students make up a healthy part of the IALSP membership and have served as student and regional representatives contributing to an intergenerational network of scholars whose work centers on language and social psychology. Maggie is happy to continue in her role as immediate past president to support President Liz Jones, and the IALSP Executive Board, in keeping IALSP a vibrant association.

Secretary: Rachyl Pines

Rachyl Pines is a behavioral health Research Scientist at Cottage Health Research Institute. Rachyl completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation for the Transplant Education and Resource Center (TREC) specializing in healthcare communication. She received both her MA in Communication in 2016, and her PhD in Communication in April 2020, from University of California, Santa Barbara. Rachyl has served as the lead on several multi-national research projects, helped hospital and health care systems to improve their provider-patient communication, implemented organizational change and trainings on communication best practices, received over $55,000 grant funding, and published more than 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her dissertation focused on training healthcare staff to better communicate with aggressive patients to prevent violence and improve patient experience using Communication Accommodation. At Cottage Health, Rachyl focuses on research to improve population health and patient-centered care.

Treasurer: Yan Bing Zhang

Dr. Yan Bing Zhang is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zhang studies 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 direct, extended, or mediated intergroup and intercultural contact has on interpersonal relationships and intergroup attitudes. Her publications have appeared in some U.S. and international journals in communication and social psychology including Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, New Media & Society, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Dr. Zhang has chaired the Communication and Aging Division of the National Communication Association, and currently serves on the editorial boards of a few communication journals. Dr. Zhang has been a member of IALSP for years.

Communications: Jessica Gasiorek

Jessica Gasiorek is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies 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. Her research focuses on communication processes, such as how people process and produce messages, how people adapt and adjust for one another, and how people create understanding, and the social and cognitive consequences that follow from these processes. 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. Her published work includes both book chapters and empirical articles on perceptions of communication accommodation and nonaccommodation, understanding, and communication about age and aging.

Publicity: Marko Dragojevic

Marko Dragojevic 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: Elvis ResCue

Elvis ResCue (PhD) is a lecturer at the Department of English of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. He holds PhD and MA in Applied Linguistics from Aston University, Birmingham- UK, and BA degree in Linguistics with English from the University of Ghana, Legon. His research interests and expertise lie in the area of African Linguistics, Language Policy and Planning, Discourse Analysis, Language Contact, Sociolinguistics, Language and New Media, and General Linguistics. He has published on monolingual and multilingual media of instruction in multilingual contexts with a focus on Ghana in West Africa, and has also published on the use of minority languages in new media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. His publications appeared in the Ghana Journal of Linguistics, Current Issues in Language Planning, Applied Linguistics Review, Journal of Linguistics and has also published a chapter in The Routledge Handbook of African Linguistics, and other chapters published by Multilingual Matters and John Benjamins. He has served as an executive member on several international associations such as the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG), and the BAAL Language in Africa – Special Interest Group.

Asia: Itesh Sachdev

(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: Mark Seilhamer

Mark 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 & Oceania: Nicola Sheeran

Nicola Sheeran (PhD Clinical Psychology; B Psych (hons)) is a lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. Her research interests sit generally in the social health psychology field and she has a particular interest in women's mental health including health communication, racism, domestic violence and adjustment to parenting. Specific projects have looked at stereotypes of teenage mothers and fathers, the transition to parenthood for teenage parents, parents of preterm infants, and fathers, effective and ineffective communication in health contexts, the role of culture in patient preferences for communication, and interpreter use for culturally and linguistically diverse people, and unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence and reproductive coercion.

Australia & Oceania: Ann Rogerson

Ann Rogerson is an Associate Professor, and Associate Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Business and Law at University of Wollongong, Australia. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), as well as masters degrees in management and higher education. Ann has taught postgraduate organisational behaviour, communication and leadership subjects in Australia and overseas, and currently teaches PhD students critical writing skills. 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. Her interest in interpersonal conversations and writing analysis has led to another body of work in the area of academic integrity and recognising patterns in student contract cheating.

Europe: Karolina 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.

Europe: Anastassia Zabrodskaja

Anastassia Zabrodskaja is Professor of Intercultural Communication and Head of the Communication Management Master’s programme at Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School. She is in charge of the management of the European Master’s in Intercultural Communication programme in Tallinn University, Estonia. Professor Zabrodskaja is a Management Committee Member of the European Family Support Network Cost Action: A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach (2019-2023). Her research deals with identity, intercultural communication, code-switching and linguistic landscape. She has published an Estonian-language monograph and numerous articles on bilingualism, translanguaging and language contacts. Profile in the Estonian Research Information System: https://www.etis.ee/CV/Anastassia_Zabrodskaja/eng

Latin America: Virginia 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 America: Catherine Brooks

Catherine Brooks is an Associate Professor and the iSchool's Director at the University of Arizona, USA. Her primary research interest focuses on day-to-day language use in social contexts. She is most interested in the instructional or social uses of communication technologies, the varied opportunities for the co-construction of knowledge, relationships, and identities, as well as new possibilities for science communication and translation. Her research works across disciplinary boundaries and draws on a variety of academic traditions and methodologies. She teaches courses that focus on social media, information policy issues, and human encounters with new technologies. Alongside her scholarly work, she has published in outlets such as Scientific American and Wired.

North America: Katherine Collins

Katherine (Katie) A. Collins (PhD; University of Ottawa) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she conducts research on the issues of language, culture, and identity. She has studied, for example, the role of linguistic bias in the transmission, maintenance, and formation of beliefs. This work has improved understanding of how cultural knowledge, like stereotypes, might become shared implicitly through interpersonal conversations. She strives to conduct research that is meaningful and relevant to socio-cultural issues. Given this and her métis ancestry, she is interested in researching these same issues, particularly identity, with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Student Representatives

Student Representative: Matt Giles

Matt Giles is a Ph.D Candidate in the Communication Department at UCSB. He received his B.S. in International Culture Studies: Communications with a minor in Intercultural Peacebuilding and Mediation from BYU-Hawai`i. He earned his M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, having completed his thesis work on mediated group identity narratives in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the protest and counter-protest movement in response to the police shooting of Michael Brown. Specializing in intergroup and organizational communication, Matt's current work focuses on how police departments engage different social identities in order to appeal to new recruits on social media and the interdependent role of this branding on the organization itself.

Student Representative

(Vacant position)

Past Presidents

1997-2000 - Peter Robinson

2000-2002 - Howie Giles

2002-2004 - Cindy Gallois

2004-2006 - Sik Hung Ng

2006-2008 - Richard Clément

2008-2010 - Jon Nussbaum

2010-2012 - Itesh Sachdev

2012-2014 - Bernadette Watson

2014-2016 - Tony Young

2016-2018 - Maggie Pitts

2018-2022 - Liz Jones (current president)