Laura Nota is professor at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology, University of Padova. She is Delegate of the Rector for Disability. She teaches Career construction and Career counselling and Psychological Counselling for the Inclusion of Social Disadvantage. She is Director of the Larios Laboratory at University of Padova. She directs the post-graduate Master Course in ‘Coaching for vocational guidance and school and work inclusion’. She is also President of the Italian Association for Vocational Guidance (SIO). She is the scientific coordinator of the European Doctoral Programme in Career Guidance & Counselling (ECADOC) funded by European Commission and member of the Steering Committee in the Nice project.
She is associate editor of the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance and of Journal of Police and Practice in intellectual disabilities, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational Behavior and of the Journal of Career Development. She is member of the Life Design International Research Group, of the Career Adaptability International Collaborative Group. Research activities concern the fields of career counseling and psychology of disability and inclusion. As regards career counselling, research efforts are directed toward the study of variables and processes in life design models, setting up of instruments, planning of interventions programs and their verification, with children, adolescents and vulnerable people. As regards psychology of disability and inclusion, research efforts are directed toward analyzing the social abilities and inclusion processes of individuals with disability at school and in the work context. She is also interested in devising procedures and instruments for the career counseling and work inclusion of individuals with disability.