The goal of the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research is to advance the science of stress and health. We conduct multi-level studies that integrate tools and methods from clinical psychology, health psychology, neuroscience, immunology, and genomics to examine how adverse experiences, such as social stress and rejection, promote a variety of disorders, with a particular focus on depression. In addition, we develop online systems for assessing and managing stress, and provide expert consultation and intervention services to a variety of groups including the National Institutes of Health, and several large public and private organizations. By addressing these issues, we aim to reduce the enormous impact that stress has on human health and wellbeing.
We recently identified the neural pathways involved in inflammatory responses to acute social stress. Read the report in PNAS!
STRAIN is Here!
The STRAIN is an automated system for assessing cumulative life stress. Learn how you can use it on the STRAIN Page!
We conduct research that can help improve the human condition. For more details, see our Initiative on Social Science for Social Change!