The goal of the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research is to advance the science of stress and health to help prevent disease and improve wellbeing. To accomplish this goal, we employ a team science approach to conducting multi-level studies that integrate ideas and methods from psychology, neuroscience, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, and genomics. This enables us to examine how social-environmental stressors promote a variety of mental and physical health problems that cause substantial morbidity and mortality. In addition, we develop online systems for assessing and managing stress, and provide expert consultation and intervention services to a variety of public, private, and governmental organizations. By addressing these issues, we aim to reduce the enormous impact that stress and disease have on human health worldwide.


We recently identified the neural mechanisms that are involved in potentiated inflammatory reactivity to acute social stress. Read the scientific report in PNAS!


STRAIN is Here!

The STRAIN is the first online system for assessing individuals’ lifetime stress exposure. Learn more about this instrument on the STRAIN Page!


We aim to conduct cutting-edge research that can improve the human condition. For more details, see our Initiative on Social Science for Social Change!

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