From 2016. Kneeling (left to right): Chelsea Romney, Kate Kuhlman, PhD. Standing (left to right): Evelyn Mercado, PhD, Ben Shulman, MA, Peter Nooteboom, Jonah Price, Josie Menkin, MA, Theodore Robles, PhD (and yes, we’re at Diddy Riese!)

Theodore F. Robles, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Vice Chair for Graduate Studies

I received my PhD in Psychology (Clinical-Health) from The Ohio State University. When I’m not directing the lab, I enjoy watching the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Football Club, listening to podcasts, and chasing around my kids. Here’s my CV!


Graduate Students

Stassja Sichko

Kristen Lee

Kristen is a third-year graduate student in UCLA’s Health Psychology program. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with her B.A. in Psychology. Broadly, Kristen is interested in understanding the relationships between social connection and eating behavior and their shared biological pathways that ultimately influence health outcomes. She is also interested in weight stigma and health behavior change related to eating and weight issues. 

Peter Nooteboom

Danny Rahal

Danny Rahal is a 6th-year graduate student in Developmental Psychology. He is interested in how both feeling of low status and being treated as low status can negatively impact well-being and exacerbate existing status-based disparities in health. He is particularly interested in how low status can impact psychophysiological regulation of stress during adolescence and young adulthood and how status relates to developmentally relevant outcomes such as substance use. Outside of lab, Danny is likely either hiking, running, or watching a musical.


Chelsea Romney, PhD in 2021 – Instructor, Brigham Young University

Ben Shulman, PhD in 2019 – Data Scientist, Indigo Ag

Josephine Menkin, PhD in 2017 – Senior Consumer Experience Specialist, SCAN Health Plan

Sunhye (Sunny) Bai, PhD in 2017 – Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

Evelyn Mercado – Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Kate Kuhlman – Assistant Professor, Psychological Science, University of California – Irvine