The Science of Stress with Dr. George Slavich

In this episode of “Embark Sessions,” Rob discusses the science of stress with Dr. George Slavich, Director of the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, who has a Ph.D. in psychology. Dr. Slavich explains how his early childhood experiences with shyness led him to study psychology. Rob and Dr. Slavich dive into how psychology and biology are connected and how stress impacts our mental and physical health. 


UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research 

California Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Network 

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About Dr. Slavich:  

Dr. George Slavich is an expert on the basic science, assessment, and management of life stress. He conducts research on how stress affects mental and physical health and provides expert stress consultation and management services to major public and private organizations. He is a standing member on several scientific working groups at the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging and has also helped many large companies and universities design and implement brief social-psychological stress intervention programs using sophisticated, computer-based systems. 

Dr. Slavich completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. After graduate school, he was a clinical psychology intern at McLean Hospital and a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed three years of postdoctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology, first as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Health Psychology Program at UCSF and then as an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. Currently, he is an associate professor and Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and a Research Scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology where he directs the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research

About Rob

Rob Gent, M.A. LPC, is the Chief Clinical Officer and one of the founding members of Embark Behavioral Health. Rob has been with the company for 15 years and has led the Embark organization in the clinical development and growth of numerous programs. He is the lead developer of the proprietary CASA Developmental Framework, which is pervasive throughout Embark’s programs.

Through his dedication to advancing clinical development, practice, and research, he has become a nationally recognized expert in the field. His specialization in clinical development is enhanced by his therapeutic expertise and has yielded such accomplishments as the development of; The CASA Developmental Framework, Vive Family Intensive Program, Calo Preteens, Canine Attachment Therapy-Transferable Attachment Program, and other specialized programs.

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