• Ph.D., Sapienza University of Rome
  • M.A., University of Warsaw
  • B.A., Global University
  • B.A., Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja

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Laura Dryjanska obtained a European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication in the field of social psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Sapienza University of Rome and is currently an associate professor for Rosemead School of Psychology. Her research interests include social representations applied to diverse fields: migration, human trafficking, intergenerational solidarity, aging, place-identity, and organizational psychology. Dr. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish (her mother tongue).

Dr. Dryjanska is a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). She has received various professional awards, including the inaugural APA Division 1 Citizen Psychologist Award in 2020 for her work in human trafficking and intergenerational advocacy. As a result of her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska currently serves as the Ambassador of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery. She also serves as the Ambassador of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (the bipartisan advocacy arm of the Alzheimer's Association) to a congresswoman.


  • Since 2017 – Member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
  • Since 2015 – Member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
  • Since 2013 – Member of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
  • Since 2013 – Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Since 2012 – Member of Rotary International (Rotary Club Roma Centenario, then the Rotary Club of Whittier), Club President in 2016-2017

Publications (Selected)

  • Dryjanska, L. (2020). Advocacy Learning by Doing: Human Trafficking Course for Graduate Clinical Psychology Students. Journal of Human Trafficking, 1-16.
  • Dryjanska, L. (2020). Religion and Spirituality Empowering Female Refugee Entrepreneurship. In S. Mosquera and P. Palma (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Approach to Entrepreneurship Education for Migrants (pp. 41-59). IGI Global.
  • Dryjanska, L. (2019). Toward a Sustainable Theory of Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery. In L. Walker, G. Gaviria and K. Gopal (Eds.), Handbook of Sex Trafficking: Feminist Transnational Perspectives (pp. 21-37). Springer Nature.
  • Dryjanska, L. (2019). Exploring advocacy in psychology in Italy: Exporting a term from the U.S. to a different cultural context. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 50(3), 184-194. DOI: 10.1037/pro0000227
  • Dryjanska, L. & Zlotnick, C. (2018). Intergenerational Family Solidarity as a Migration Compass. Journal of Family Issues, 39(17), 4089-4121. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X18806026.
  • Dryjanska, L. & Giua, R. (2018). Silver Universe: Views on Active Living. Lexington Books.
  • Dryjanska, L. (2017). Objectification of Trafficked Women and the General Public: An Ontological Humanization? Papers on Social Representations, 26(1), 8.1-8.26.
  • Dryjanska, L. (2017). An organizational scandal in psychology: social representations of Hoffman Report in Europe. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26(4), 613-627.

Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Human trafficking
  • Intergenerational solidarity
  • Aging
  • Place-identity
  • Organizational psychology

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Aging
  • Behavior
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Family
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Psychology
  • Workplace Issues
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