Biola AffiliationsFaculty



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


Dr. 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: positive organizational psychology, migration, human trafficking, and aging. She is an industrial-organizational psychologist and a social psychologist. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Polish (her mother tongue).

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. She is a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and served as the Chair of the White Papers and Publications Subcommittee in 2021-2022. She was also a member of the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists in 2021-2023.


  • 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 and in 2021-2022


  • Dryjanska, L., Sachin, J., Glazer, S., & Ion, A. (2021). New trends in workplace psychology from around the world. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 59(2), 31-34.
  • Dryjanska, L. (2021). What Can Organizations Do to Combat Human Trafficking? In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Organizational Knowledge, Administration, and Technology (pp. 887-899). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-3473-1.ch063
  • 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

  • Positive organizational psychology
  • Migration
  • Human trafficking
  • Aging

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Positive organizational psychology
  • Migration
  • Human trafficking
  • Aging
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