Life Stress Assessment Core Laboratory

The mission of the Life Stress Assessment Core Laboratory is to support and advance the conceptualization and assessment of environmental factors that influence human health and wellbeing. We offer services at several levels of support, including limited consultation (e.g., several hours), short-term support (e.g., several days), long-term support (e.g., for the duration of a project), and complete partnerships on new proposals. We have also developed several products that assist investigators in measuring life stress. These services and products are described below. Please contact us at any time if you have questions.

Scientific Consultation & Collaboration

We offer consultation and collaboration services at four levels of support for investigators who are interested in assessing life stress:

  • Limited Consultation: up to several hours of advice, generally in the form of one or more meetings to discuss issues of study design, data collection, and/or data analysis and interpretation
  • Short-term support: up to 2-3 days of services, which could include performing a life stress assessment training workshop and/or performing a limited number of life stress ratings
  • Long-term support: involvement in a project for its duration, which includes ongoing scientific consultation on the assessment of life stress and/or performance of all of the life stress ratings using state-of-the-art methods and our expert life stress assessment team
  • Partnership on new proposals: working with investigators to prepare new grant proposals, which involves assisting with study design, and developing text and a budget for assessing life stress; and, if funded, providing ongoing support and services relating to stress assessment, data analysis, and interpretation

Stress Assessment Products

We have developed several computer-based products that facilitate the accurate and reliable assessment of life stress. These products are based on gold-standard techniques for assessing stress. Let us know if we can help you find the right product for your project.

Automated Stress Assessment Program

Automatic Stress Assessment ProgramASAP, the Automated Stress Assessment Program, is a quick and reliable way to measure participants' exposure to recent life stress. Based on gold-standard, interview-based methodologies for assessing stress, this computer-based program systematically inquires about potential sources of stress in several domains of functioning (e.g., work, school, financial, interpersonal, etc). Biographical details about the individual and contextual information about each life stressor are collected. The information is then used to calculate the final stress ratings, which are computed automatically by the program.

Form: Terminal-Based (online version pending)
Time: ~30 minutes per participant
Cost: Variable, based on study size and support required

The Stress and Adversity Inventory

Stress and Adversity Inventory The Stress and Adversity Inventory (STRAIN) assesses participants’ cumulative exposure to acute and chronic life stress over the life course. The measure is ideal for studies that investigate biological or health outcomes that are believed to develop or change over time.

Form: Terminal-Based (online version pending)
Time: ~45-55 minutes per participant
Cost: Variable, based on study size and support required

Stress Rating Interface

Stress Rating Interface The Stress Rating Interface (SRI) is a state-of-the-art way to enter and store valuable life stress data that is derived from interview-based measures of life stress. Once your stress ratings are complete, simply enter them directly into SRI. The stress information is securely stored and can be easily retrieved at any time for data analysis purposes. The system saves you time and money by eliminating the need for an additional data entry person. It also streamlines the entire data collection process, reducing opportunities for data entry problems and errors. The system can be customized on request.

Form: Terminal-Based
Time: Variable, depending on amount of data to enter
Cost: Variable, based on degree of customization required

Contact and Booking Details

George M. Slavich, Ph.D.
Director, Life Stress Assessment Core Laboratory

Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
UCLA Medical Plaza 300, Room 3156
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7076, U.S.A.

Tel: (310) 825-2576

 George Slavich