Laura Nota

Delegate for Inclusion and Disability

Laura Nota


Full professor in Psychology of Inclusion and Psychology of Career Counseling

 She was born in Pordenone on March 21, 1966.

She graduated with honors in Psychology in 1989. In 1993 she obtained a specialization in psychotherapy, in 1999 a doctorate in psychology, in 2000 she became a researcher at the University of Padua and in 2005 an Associate Professor. Throughout her career she spent time abroad collaborating with scholars of different countries (University of Boston, University of Melbourne, University of Lausanne, University of Lisbon, University of Amsterdam, University of Kansas, etc.). Over time, she has carried out several teaching activities at the Faculty of Psychology, Medicine, Educational Sciences, in undergraduate, postgraduate and master courses. Currently, she is teaching Psychological Counseling for the Inclusion of Social Disadvantage and of Career construction and career counseling at the School of Psychology. Her research interests include the psychology of disability and inclusion and career guidance. She is the author of more than three hundred publications, more than half of which are scientific articles in international journals and chapters of international volumes of paramount importance. She is the editor of three international volumes, one in the field of psychology of disability (Intellectual disabilities: genetics, behavior, and inclusion), one in the field of guidance psychology (Life Design and career counseling), and one focused on counseling and vulnerabilities (Counseling and coaching in times of crisis and transitions: from research to practice). The bibliometric indexes (publications, number of citations, H-index) are above the national medians of the reference SD sector. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities and of the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. She is a member of the Editorial Board of several prestigious journals.

She is a member of the teaching board of the Ph.D. program Social Sciences: Interactions, Communication, Cultural Constructions. She is the President of the Degree Course Social, Labour and Communication Psychology. She is the Director of the Master's Degree Course "Social Inclusion and Innovation". She is the Director of the LaRIOS Laboratory (Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology), which has been dealing with studies and interventions in the field of guidance since 1994, and the University Centre for Services and Research for Disability, Rehabilitation, and Integration, which since 2000, with a multidisciplinary perspective, supports research and interventions in the field of inclusion.

She is the President of the Italian Society of Vocational Guidance, and also of the European Society of Vocational Designing and Career Counseling. She has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counseling and she has been the Scientific Coordinator of the European Doctoral Programme in Career Guidance and Counselling (founded by the European commission - 2014 - 2017). She has been a member of the Special Task Group 'Globalization' of Division 17 - American Psychological Association (2012-2013). She participates to the coordination of the International Hope Research Team - IHRT (since 2011) and to the University Network for Counseling (since 2013). She has been a member of the Life Design International Research Group since 2006.

She represents the University of Padua within the UNITWIN NETWORK "Life Designing Interventions (Counseling, Guidance, Education) for Decent Work and Sustainable Development" since 2018, expression of the UNESCO Chair for Lifelong Counseling established in 2013.

She coordinates, together with Francesca Da Porto, the Working Table 'Inclusion and Social Justice' within the Network of the Universities for Sustainable Development (Rus) since  January 2020.