Executive Officers

President:  Stephen Ryan

Stephen Ryan has been involved in language education for over 25 years and for most of that time he has been based in Japan. He is currently a professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he teaches courses in The psychology of the language learner, English education in Japan, and Second Language Acquisition.His research and publications cover various aspects of psychology in language learning, with his most recent books being The Psychology of the Language Learner Revisited, co-authored with Zoltán Dörnyei (Routledge) and Exploring Psychology in Language Learning and Teaching, co-authored with Marion Williams and Sarah Mercer  (Oxford University Press).

Stephen can be contacted at stephen.ryan@waseda.jp

Treasurer/Secretary:  Tammy Gregersen

Tammy Gregersen, PhD in Linguistics from Valparaiso, Chile, began her teaching and researching career in a university in the Atacama Desert in the North of Chile and is now a professor of TESOL and teacher educator at the University of Northern Iowa (USA). She is the author, with Peter MacIntyre, of three books published by Multilingual Matters: Capitalizing on Language Learner Individuality, Optimizing Language Learners’ Nonverbal Communication and Positive Psychology in SLA (this last an edited volume also co-edited with Sarah Mercer). Tammy also co-edited Innovations in Language Teacher Education (Springer). She has published extensively on individual differences, teacher education, language teaching methodology and nonverbal communication in language classrooms. Tammy is passionate about traveling and has presented at conferences and graduate programs across the globe.


Vice-President:   Sarah Mercer

Sarah Mercer is the Head of the ELT Research and Methodology unit at the University of Graz. She is interested in all aspects of language learning psychology, in particular self-related constructs, motivation, affect, agency, attributions, mindsets and belief systems. In her research, she prefers to employ qualitatively-oriented approaches. Currently, she is engaged in considering aspects of language learner psychology through a complexity lens and exploring a diverse range of methodological approaches for this purpose. Furthermore, she is currently working on projects in the areas of language teacher psychology, socio-emotional intelligences, and mindests.

Some of Sarah’s recent publications in the field of Langugage Learning Psychology include Exploring Psychology in Language Learning and Teaching (co-authored with Marion Williams and Stephen Ryan),  Positive Psychology in SLA (co-edited with Peter MacIntyre and Tammy Gregersen), and Multiple Perspectives of the Self in SLA (co-edited with Marion Williams).

Additional information about Sarah’s research and publications can be found in her personal home page. Sarah can be reached at sarah.mercer@uni-graz.at.


Advisory Board Member:    Carmen Amerstorfer

Carmen M. Amerstorfer is Director of the School of Education and Senior Scientist at the Department of English at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU), Austria. Carmen has a long-standing and intense curiosity about foreign and second language (L2) learning, which was boosted by her experience as an L2 learner and teacher in Austria, the UK, the Netherlands, and China. Carmen currently teaches methodology courses in the English teacher education programme at AAU, where she is developing problem-oriented teaching materials to encourage students’ self-regulation and teamwork.

Inspired by PLL1 conference, Carmen organized the first conference on language learning strategies entitled “Situating Strategy Use” (SSU). The positive international resonance of SSU1, held in Austria in 2015, resulted in the conference being hosted biennially with SSU2 in Greece in 2017 and SSU3 in Japan in 2019.

Carmen’s first major publication is a co-edited volume with Rebecca Oxford. “Language Learning Strategies and Individual Learner Characteristics: Situating Strategy Use in Diverse Contexts” will be published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

For further information visit Carmen’s website or get in touch with her via email.


Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. He does research on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism.  He has published over 180 papers and chapters, co-edited five books and five special issues.  He is the author of a monograph Emotions in Multiple Languages in 2010 (2nd ed. in 2013). He is Vice-President of the International Association of Multilingualism, Convenor of the AILAResearch Network Multilingualism, and former president of the European Second Language Association. He is General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.  He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013) and the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology. He is father of a trilingual daughter and holds a black belt (Shodan) in Go Kan Ryu karate.

Advisory Board Member:    Peter D. MacIntyre

Peter D. MacIntyre is a professor of psychology at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Peter received his undergraduate degree from that institution before attending the University of Western Ontario (Ph.D., 1992) under the supervision of R. C. Gardner.  From 1992-1994 he held a position as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa, working with Richard Clément and Kimberly Noels.  Peter has published almost 100 journal articles and chapters primarily in the area of psychological processes in second language learning and communication, including studies of anxiety, motivation, and willingness to communicate.  He is co-author or co-editor of several books related to the psychology of language learning, including:

Peter teaches courses in motivation and emotion, positive psychology, human sexuality, personality theory, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods.  He has developed the mixed-methods approach labelled “the idiodynamic method” for assessing rapid changes in emotion.  He has received multiple awards for teaching and research, along with funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Nova Scotia Research Innovation Trust.

More information on Peter and his research can be found on his website :   http://petermacintyre.weebly.com/. You can also follow him on Twitter: @PeterMacIn