rhl.psych.ucla.edu

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 how family functioning, via inflammatory processes, can exacerbate the harmful effects of outdoor air pollution
  • Interrogating underlying social-cognitive and biological mechanisms that link close intimate relationship quality to physical health
  • Measuring social support in digital spaces, and implications for health

We focus on two sets of biological processes in couples, parents, and children:

Recent News

2019 graduate admissions

Dr. Robles is interested in admitting a student with research interests in family functioning and health, and/or allostatic processes and trauma exposure for the 2019-2020 academic year. Visit Join our lab! for more info.

Research opportunities

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