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Jana Sladkova

Jana Sladkova, Ph.D. Associate Professor


Psychological issues of migration, qualitative research methods, narrative analysis

Research Interest

Dr. Sladkova is interested in various issues of international migration. She works with both the communities from which migrants come and the communities they settle in. what are the causes and consequences of migration for individuals and communities? What is the impact of family separation caused by migration on children’s development, parents’ wellbeing, and family dynamics? She is also concerned with the recent increase in detention and deportation of immigrants in the U.S. and the impact it has on families and communities. Her research is driven by quest for social justice and global equity.  

Educational Background

B.A. & M.A. in Economics-Prague School of Economics, M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL-University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Ph.D. in Social Psychology-Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Dr. Sladkova worked in adult education and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) prior to attaining her Ph.D.  She taught adult immigrants in various settings and later directed a large community-based program for immigrants in New York City. 

She returned to school to get her Ph.D. to continue her work with immigrants. Her graduate work involved working in a community in Honduras, where she studied expectations and motivations of potential migrants. Her dissertation focused on the journeys of undocumented migrants to the United States. She utilizes qualitative research methods and narrative analysis in her research.  

She arrived at UMass, Lowell in fall 2008, where she is currently teaching Community Psychology. She plans to teach courses on Psychological Issues of Migration on both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as Social Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods. She continues her research in Honduras where she works with children of parents who have migrated to the United States. In addition, she is developing research agenda in the Lowell and Lawrence areas. Her present focus is on the impact of detention and deportation on immigrant communities in the area.