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2019 SPSSI Speaker at the National Institute for Teaching of Psychology (NITOP)

 Laura Dryjanska, Ph.D. has 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. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Sapienza University of Rome and teaching organizational psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw (Poland), she is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology, Los Angeles, California. She teaches human trafficking and social psychology to psychology students on undergraduate and graduate level. 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). 

She belongs to the European interdisciplinary network of scientists funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), action IS1311, dedicated to the intergenerational family solidarity across Europe ( Dr. Dryjanska is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). Concerning her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska serves as the International Ambassador 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). 

Her recent publications include a textbook in organizational psychology for ESL students, two volumes of edited books in Italian focused on intergenerational solidarity featuring chapters on street children and modern slavery, as well as various scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals.