Elias Robles received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1990, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined Arizona State University in 2005, after holding an appointment of research professor in pharmacology and psychiatry at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine.
At ASU's West campus, Robles directs the Health-Behavior Research Laboratory (HBRL) where he studies how a person's behavior and social environment can affect his or her state of health. Some of Robles' work has focused on addiction to tobacco and other drugs (heroin and prescription opioids), the role of impulsiveness on risky behavior, and the development of technology to improve access to health services for underserved populations. His current research interests include the role of impulsiveness and delay-discounting in the development of addictions and other high-risk behavior; and the use of computer-based interventions to enhance access to health services.
Robles is member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Behavior, Health, and Social Issues, and Conductual. He is a special reviewer for Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the Harm Reduction Journal, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, BMC-Psychiatry, and Behavioural Processes. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior.
Robles teaches "Learning and Motivation" (PSY 320), Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (PSY 375); The Art & Science of Self-regulation (PSY 494); Choice and Decision Making (PSY 598); and "Supervised Research/Individualized Instruction" (PGS 399; PSY 499; PSY 592).