Experts on "Aging"

Electra Allen

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Electra Allen’s teaching interests are in the areas of pediatric nursing, mental health nursing and nursing pharmacology. She teaches courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program including Pediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, and Essentials of Clinical Nursing Pharmacology. She uses discussion, group work, simulation, case studies and reflection in her pedagogy. Integration of Christian faith includes “enhancing empathy for patients experiencing auditory hallucinations,” “the role of a Christian nurse in enhancing coping and adjustment,” an emphasis on nonjudgmental spiritual care, and reflective prayerful activities about student’s academic and clinical experiences in the nursing program.  

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Laura Dryjanska

  • 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, aging, 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 currently serves as the 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).

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Patricia L Pike

  • Associate Provost for Academic Administration
  • Professor of Psychology

Patricia Pike is currently vice provost for academic administration and professor of psychology at Biola University. She is a licensed psychologist in California and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development and was a lead delegate for over 10 years of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Pike received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii and later went on to earn a doctoral specialty certificate in psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She previously taught at the University of Hawaii, Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas, and the University of Texas, Arlington. Pike has invested her time outside of the classroom at the Child Guidance Center in Santa Ana, California, and the Biola Counseling Center.

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Patrick Sun

  • Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Patrick Sun is currently teaching Fundamentals of Organismal Biology, Vertebrate Biology Lecture and Lab and General Ecology. Sun’s research interests focus on the interaction of stress tolerance with environmental factors in the context of organism adaptation to changing environments. His research examines differences in stress response to pollution and climate change in different populations, between sexes, and at different ages. His research combines lab work that examines antioxidant regulators (e.g. the Nrf2 protein) and protein regulatory pathways (e.g. proteasome) with field work that characterizes environmental conditions (e.g. heavy metal contamination and temperature stress). His research also incorporates multi-generational studies to examine the potential for selection to modify stress responses. Research and professional development has taken him across the globe from local destinations such as Catalina and the Santa Cruz Islands to international locations such as Hong Kong and Thailand where he was instilled with a wonder of God as our creator and a love for God’s people. Sun hopes to equip the next generation of environmental stewards that will safeguard our natural resources and the people that depend on those resources. Sun conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Southern California.

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