BRUIN Stress Resilience Network

Providing science-based stress education & reduction resources to UCLA students

Why did we develop the BRUIN Stress Resilience Network?

Stress can strongly impact mental and physical health, and severely affect social and academic functioning. At the same time, several science-based strategies exist for reducing stress and improving health and wellbeing. Our goal is to bring these invaluable resources to the UCLA community to help UCLA students combat stress and learn strategies that they can use to improve their mental and physical health.

What we offer:

A 30-minute interactive presentation on Stress Resilience that was developed by UCLA students, for UCLA students. It has been used in numerous student-lead groups, classes, and organizations. The presentation includes:

  • An overview of what stress is and how it affects health
  • A description of several evidence-based strategies for reducing stress and improving well-being
  • A summary of campus and online resources that can be utilized to reduce stress
  • A brief introduction to cutting-edge research done by our UCLA Stress Lab, which focuses on pathways linking stress with physiological changes in the body
  • Plenty of opportunities for comments and questions

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Who comprises the Network?

The network is led by Director, Mark Libowitz, B.S. Neuroscience and Biology, and the Head of LA Community Outreach, Desiree Delavary, B.A. Psychology. The network is comprised of current and former UCLA students who we have trained as Stress Resilience Leaders. The faculty director of the Network is Dr. George M. Slavich, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research.

You can become a BRUIN Stress Resilience Leader too!

  • Online and in-person trainings are provided by Mark and Desiree. These training sessions are free to interested students.
  • If you are interested in signing up to become a Stress Resilience Leader, please email your resume and a 100-word (max) description of your current student status and motivation for joining our team to

Who developed presentation?

The founder of the Network is UCLA alum, Mark Libowitz, who developed the Network under the faculty mentorship of Dr. George M. Slavich, an internationally renowned leader in the field of stress and health research. The Network and presentation have benefited from the generous input of numerous current and former UCLA students, as well as several UCLA faculty members, especially the co-directors of the MindWell pod of UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative, Drs. Robert Bilder and Nicole Green.  

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