EngageWell Pod Co-Leader
Ted Robles is a Professor of Psychology at UCLA. He studies the biological mechanisms that explain how social relationships influence health. Dr. Robles is uncovering how supportive relationships with parents and spouses influence our immune system response to threats in the environment. Dr. Robles and his students are also investigating the potential health benefits associated with support from friends, intimate partners, and co-workers, including the possibility that affection in close relationships may “turn down” the body’s stress response, and whether support from co-workers can enhance positive outcomes in diabetes prevention programs.