Laura Bryan

About Me

Laura Bryan is the inaugural T.G. Lewis Faculty Scholar in Organizational Behavior, an endowed position in the Lewis Honors College. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University for Transylvania University, a nationally ranked private liberal arts institution in Lexington, Kentucky. She has thirty years of higher education experience with over 20 years in academic leadership positions. She is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Bryan earned her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. 

Ask Me About... 

  • Leadership, including assessment, coaching, and development.  
  • Positive organizational psychology and organizational behavior, which are based on the science of positive psychology.
  • The U.S. Fulbright program and education abroad.


My scholarship activities include three areas. One area is understanding the role of leaders in fostering an organizational culture the supports work-life-family satisfaction and effectiveness (also known as work-family balance), with a focus on academic leaders in higher education institutions. The second area is cultivating positive work environments so that individuals and organizations can flourish. The third area is the discovery and analysis of the evolution of the science known as industrial and organizational psychology. In addition to documenting several aspects of the history, I have specifically discovered women psychologists during the early years when the science was founded.  

Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education: A Guide for Academic Leaders

Historical Perspectives in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

American Female Pioneers of Industrial and Organizational Psychology During the Early Years