Our Mission:

To understand the biological mechanisms that explain how social relationships influence health, particularly close relationships like marital/spousal and family relationships.

Our current research directions:

  • Using intensive repeated measures designs to study family functioning, health, and underlying biological mechanisms in naturalistic settings
  • Understanding underlying social-cognitive and biological mechanisms that link close intimate relationship quality to physical health
  • Identifying antecedents and consequences of forming new social relationships in older age
  • Examining social influences on longitudinal trajectories in depression in chronic illness

We focus on two sets of biological processes…

  • Allostatic processes, which help us cope with environmental challenges
  • Restorative processes, which help us recover from environmental challenges

…across multiple contexts:

  • Dating couples
  • Married couples
  • Parents and children

Recent News

2016 graduate admissions

Dr. Robles is interested in admitting a student with overlapping research interests for the 2017-2018 academic year. Visit Join our lab! for more info.

Research assistant opportunities

Several graduate students working with Dr. Robles are recruiting undergraduate research assistants. No paid opportunities are available at this time.