Assistant Professor of Psychology
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 assistant professor for Rosemead School of Psychology. Her research interests include social representations applied to diverse fields: migration, human trafficking, intergenerational solidarity, ageing, place-identity, and organizational psychology. Dr. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish (her mother tongue).
Dr. Dryjanska belongs to INTERFASOL, the European interdisciplinary network of scientists funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), action IS1311, dedicated to intergenerational family solidarity across Europe. She is also a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). As a result of her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska recently served as the Coordinator for Italy of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery; among other engagements, she represented this organization during the Working Group on “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” organized in 2013 by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences (Final Statement).
Since 2017 – Member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
Since 2015 – Member of the Sapienza Supervisory Board of the European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication
Since 2015 – Member of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
Since 2014 – Member of the Working Group 4 “Informing key stakeholders” of the European Concerted Research Action designated as COST Action IS1311: Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe (INTERFASOL)
Since 2013 – Lecturer of the Interior Ministry School of Administration of the Republic of Italy
Since 2013 – Coordinator for Italy (until 2017) of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery
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), Club President in 2016-2017
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). Cham, Switzerland: 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, DOI: 10.1037/pro0000227
Dryjanska, L. & Giua, R. (2019). The Past Empowering the Present: Intergenerational Solidarity Improving the Quality of Life. In A. Bianco, P. Conigliaro and M. Gnaldi (Eds.), Italian Studies on Quality of Life (pp. 255-272). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.
de Rosa, A.S., Bocci, E., & Dryjanska, L. (2019). Social representations of the European capitals and destination e-branding via multi-channel web communication. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management 11, 150-165.
Dryjanska, L. & Zlotnick, C. (2018). Intergenerational Family Solidarity as a Migration Compass. Journal of Family Issues, DOI: 10.1177/0192513X18806026.
Dryjanska, L. (2018). Pandora’s box: What fears are behind the stigma of aging? In L. Dryjanska and R. Giua (Eds.), Silver Universe: Views on Active Living (pp. 139-155). Lanham -New York, USA: Lexington Books.
Dryjanska, L. (2018). Lack of prevention: A slap in the face of intergenerational solidarity. In L. Dryjanska and R. Giua (Eds.), Silver Universe: Views on Active Living (pp. XI-XVII). Lanham -New York, USA: Lexington Books.
Dryjanska, L. & Giua, R. (2018). Silver Universe: Views on Active Living. Lanham - New York, USA: Lexington Books.
Dryjanska, L., & Giua, R. (2018). Solidarieta’ intergenerazionale: Universo Argento (Second Edition). Rome, Italy: Aracne Editrice.
Dryjanska, L. (2017). Objectification of Trafficked Women and the General Public: An Ontological Humanization? Papers on Social Representations, 26(1), 8.1-8.26.
de Rosa, A.S., & Dryjanska, L. (2017). Visiting Warsaw for the first time: imagined and experienced urban places. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, 11(3), 321-340.
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.