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Elias Robles-Sotelo

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Biography

 Elias Robles received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1990, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined ASU 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, Dr. Robles directs the Health-Behavior Research Laboratory (HBRL) where he studies how a person's behavior and social environment can affect his/her state of health. Interested students who have completed PGS 101, "Introduction to Psychology," and PSY 290, "Research Methods in Psychology," can register for 1 to 6 credits of supervised research or independent study at the Health-Behavior Research Laboratory.

Some of Dr. 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.

Visit Dr. Robles' web page at: http://www.HealthBehaviorLab.com

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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).

Research Interests

Impulsiveness, choice, decision making, delay discounting, smoking

Publications
  • Elias Robles. A functional analysis of behavior in the balloon analogue task. Conductual (2015).
  • Elias Robles, Noah N. Emery, Perla A. Vargas, Araceli Moreno, Brent Marshall, Richard Grove, Huateng Zhang. Patterns of responding on a balloon analogue task reveal individual differences in overall risk-taking: Choice between guaranteed and uncertain cash. Journal of General Psychology (2014).
  • Vargas PA, Flores M, Robles E. Sleep Quality and Body Mass Index in College Students: The Role of Sleep Disturbances. Journal of American College Health (2014).
  • Miller, P.A., Roberts, N.A., Zamora, A., Weber, D., Burleson, M., Robles, E. & Tinsley, B. Families Coping With Natural Disasters: Lessons from Wildfires and Tornados. Qualitative Research in Psychology (2012).
  • Elias Robles & Perla A. Vargas. Translating basic behavioral research: a success and a promise. (2012).
  • Robles, E., Huang, B.E., Simpson, P.M., & McMillan, D.E. Delay discounting, impulsiveness, and addiction severity in opioid-dependent patients. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2011).
  • Robles, E., Roberts, N.A., & Sanabria, F. Dynamics of choice during assessment of subjective value. Behavioural Processes (2011).
  • Vargas, P.A., Duhaime, M., Fendon, D., Durfey, M., Robles, E., Norton, A., & Jones, S.M. School Nurses Food Allergy Knowledge and Self-Efficacy. Pediatric Research (2011).
  • Robles, E. Delay and loss of subjective value. Journal of Behavior, Health, and Social Issues (2010).
  • Vargas, P.A., Robles, E., Harris, J., & Radford, P. Computer-based asthma assessment in low health literacy populations: A pilot study. The Journal of Asthma (2010).
  • Vargas PA, Robles E, Harris J, Radford P. An Interactive Asthma Screening Tool for Low Literacy Populations: A Pilot Study. Pediatric Research (2010).
  • Vargas PA, Robles E, Radford P, Harris J. A computerized asthma screening program for patients with limited health literacy: a pilot study. American Journal of Respirarory Critical Care Medicine (2010).
  • Robles, E., Vargas, P.A., Bejarano, R. Within-subject differences in degree of delay discounting as a function of order of presentation of hypothetical cash rewards. Behavioural Processes (2009).
  • Robles, E., Vargas, P.A., Perry, T.T., & Field, C.R. Reducing Exposure of pre-school children to environmental tobacco smoke: feasibility of a program for parents and other caregivers. Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis (2009).
  • Robles, E. Delay and loss of reinforcement value. Behavior Analysis and Applications (2009).
  • Elias Robles-Sotelo, Perla A. Vargas. Parameters of Delay Discounting Assessment: Number of Trials, Effort, and Sequential Effects. Behavioural Processes (2008).
  • Elias Robles-Sotelo, Perla Vargas. Functional parameters of delay discounting assessment tasks: Order of presentation. Behavioural Processes (2007).
  • Perla Vargas, Elias Robles-Sotelo, Tamara Perry, Pippa M. Simpson, James Magee, Charles Feild, Reza Hakkak, Polly Carroll, Stacie Jones. Relationship of body mass index with asthma indicators in Head Start children. AnnalsOF Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (2007).
  • Vargas, Perla (Author) ,Robles-Sotelo, Elias (Author) . La lucha por obtener atención médica [The struggle to get medical treatment]. Calidad de vida y asma infantil [Quality of life and pediatric asthma] (2007).
Research Activity
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 494Special Topics
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 320Learning and Motivation
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
Presentations
  • Robles, E. Dynamics of risky choice: effects of wins, losses, and amount of exposure to the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART). ABAI's Seventh International Conference (Oct 2014).
  • Vargas PA, Morton T, Flores M, Robles E. Sleeping Patterns and Psychological Risk Factors among College Students. 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting (May 2014).
  • Robles, E., Ross, R., & Gilbreath, M. Dynamic adaptation to wins and losses on the balloon analogue task. 40th ABAI Annual Convention (May 2014).
  • Small, A., Ross, R., Zhu, M., Wongsomboon, S., & Robles, E. Dynamics of performance on a balloon analog task. 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2014).
  • Robles, E. Predicting risk taking on the balloon analogue task: A dynamic analysis of choice. 40th ABAI Annual Convention (May 2014).
  • Robles, E. Predicting risk taking on the balloon analogue task: A dynamic analysis of choice. 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2014).
  • Robles, E. & Emery, N.N. Dynamics of Responding on the Balloon Analog Risk Task (BART). G-SIG's 2013 Annual Conference (Feb 2014).
  • Emery, N.N., Vargas, P.A., Moreno, A., Marshall, B., Grove, R., & Zhang, H., Robles, E. Predictive Validity of the BART: Choice Between Certain and Uncertain Cash. 39th ABAI Annual Convention (May 2013).
  • Robles, E., Emery, N.N., Vargas, P.A., Moreno, A., Marshall, B., Grove, R., & Zhang, H. Dynamics of Responding on the Balloon Analog Risk Task (BART). 25th APS Annual Convention (May 2013).
  • Robles, E. Impulsive choice: Genetic, Historical, and Contextual Factors. 38th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis (May 2012).
  • Robles, E. Estimating subjective value with sequential ranking and binary choice trials. 38th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis (May 2012).
  • Emery, N., Grove, R., Zhang, H., Cañez, R., Moreno, A., & Robles, E. Relative preference for visual stimuli during sequential ranking trials. 38th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis (May 2012).
  • Jimenez, A.A., Vargas, P.A. & Robles, E. Delay discounting, smoking, impulsiveness and depression. 3rd International Symposium on Behavior Science and Applications (Nov 2011).
  • Vargas, P.A., Duhaime, M., Fendon, D., Durfey. M., Robles, E., Norton, A., & Moorhead, M. Food Allergies In School-Age Children, And Our Schools’ Readiness To Respond. Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Aug 2011).
  • Vargas, P.A., Duhaime, M., Fendon, D., Durfey, M., Robles, E., Norton, A., & Jones, S.M. School Nurses Food Allergy Knowledge and Self-Efficacy. Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (May 2011).
  • Foreman, E., Shafer, S., Piltz, A., Roberts, N.A., & Robles, E. Estimation of stimulus value in binary choice trials. 37th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, (May 2011).
  • Foreman, E., Roberts, N.A., & Robles, E. Effects of preference rating task on choice between human faces. 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2011).
  • Fendon, D., Duhaime, M; Robles, E., & Vargas, P.A. Managing Food Allergies in the Schools. Family Communication Consortium Conference: Growing Stronger Families through Communication (Mar 2011).
  • Roberts, N.A., Robles, E., Vincelette, T.M., Chun, E., Pratt, C., Pryor, J., Walter, C., & Call, M. Autonomic correlates of consumer decision-making. Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (Oct 2010).
  • Vargas PA, Robles E, Harris J, Radford P. An Interactive Asthma Screening Tool for Low Literacy Populations: A Pilot Study. Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Research (May 2010).
  • Robles, E., Roberts, N.A., & Sanabria, F. Within-session changes in response time during choice based on aesthetic preference. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2010).
  • Vargas PA, Robles E, Radford P, Harris J. A computerized asthma screening program for patients with limited health literacy: a pilot study. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine (May 2010).
  • Vargas PA, Robles E, Yepiz O, Harris J, Radford P. Can Information Technology Help To Reduce Health Disparities In Underserved Populations with Low Health Literacy?. 8th Annual Conference of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (Apr 2010).
  • E. Robles. Delay discounting rate: trait, state, or what?. Second International Seminar on Behavior Analysis and Apllications (Oct 2009).
  • E. Robles. Delay Discounting Rate and Its Clinical Connections. Center for Applied Helth Policy Research, Internal Seminar (Jun 2009).
  • Elias Robles, Michael Shafer, Rebecca Wilson, Frank Scarpati, Rafael Bejarano. Degree of Delay Discounting as Predictor of Outcome of Methamphetamine Abuse Treatmen. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (May 2009).
  • E.Robles. Delay discounting: Recent findings. Neurosciences Seminar (Apr 2009).
  • Robles, E., Vargas, P.A. Motivating Behavior Change: The case of illicit drug use. 9th Annual Summer Institute by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) and the Paci (Jul 2008).
  • Robles, E., and Vargas, P.A. Sequential Effects During Assessment of Delay Discounting: Ascending vs. Descending Amounts of Immediately Available Cash. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (May 2008).
  • Bejarano, R., Robles, E. Procrastination by Humans: Preference for Large, Delayed Work Requirements. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2008).
  • Robles-Sotelo, Elias, Vargas, Perla, Perry, Tamara, Feild, Charles. Smoking Cessation Treatment to Reduce Children’s Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke. 6th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases (Nov 2007).
  • Robles-Sotelo, Elias. On Immediate Gratification. Seventh annual national scientific conference of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse (Sep 2007).
  • Vargas, Perla, Robles-Sotelo, Elias, Jo, Chan-Hee, Simpson, Pippa, Carroll, Polly, Magee, James, Hakkak, Reza, Feild, Charles, Jones, Stacie. The Relationship Between Asthma and Obesity in Minority. International Conference of the American Thoracic Society (May 2007).
  • Vargas, Perla, Robles-Sotelo, Elias, Perry, Tamara, Feild, Charles, Hakkak, Reza, Carroll, Polly, McGee, James, Jones, Stacey. Relationship between Body Mass Index and Asthma Indicators among Minority Pre-School Aged Children. Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting (May 2007).
  • Robles-Sotelo, Elias, Vargas, Perla. Parameters of Delay Discounting Assessment: Number of Trial. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2007).
  • Vargas, P, Jones, S, Feild, C, Robles-Sotelo, Elias. Smoking Cessation Treatment for Caregivers to Reduce Children's Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke. 2006 Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Sep 2006).
  • Robles-Sotelo, Elias, Anastasi, J. Is Reaction Time a Measure of Complexity of Choices in Delay Discounting Tasks?. 2006 Meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2006).
  • Vargas, P, Jones, S, Feild, C, Robles-Sotelo, Elias. Reducing ETS Exposure in Head Start Children: A Smoking Cessation Intervention for Caregivers. 2006 Meeting ofthe American Thoracic Association (May 2006).
  • Robles-Sotelo, Elias, Vargas, Perla. Parameters of Delay Discounting Assessment: Effort and Number of Trials. Seventh annual national scientific conference of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse
Service
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • The Psychological Record, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Minority student recruitment event, Presenter (2014 - Present)
  • Open Door @ West, Presenter (2014 - Present)
  • SBS Personnel Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • The Psychological Record, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • SBS Psychology Liaison, Representative (2013 - Present)
  • Psychology Graduate Program, Director (2013 - Present)
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Individual Differences, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Analysis of Gambling Behavior, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • SBS Advisory Counsel, Psychology Representative (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • SBS Masters Program Development Committee Member, Member (2012 - Present)
  • National Institutes of Health, Grant Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Addiction, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • SBS Masters Program Development Committee Member, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ad-Hoc Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Ad-Hoc Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Ad-Hoc Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Masters Program Development Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Behavior, Health & Social Issues, Member of the Editorial Board (2009 - Present)
  • Community Bridges Center of Excellence for the Teatmenrt of Methamphetamine Dependence, Investigator (2008 - Present)
  • TRiO Mentoring, Mentor (2006 - Present)
  • Doctoral dissertation committee. Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Mexico., Co-director (2014 - 2016)
  • Psychology Graduate Program, Director (2013 - 2014)
  • Journal of Behavior, Health & Social Issues, Member of the Editorial Board (2009 - 2013)
  • Cognitive Psychology Position Search Committee, Chair (2012 - 2013)
  • Mexican Journal Behavior Analysis, Member of the Editorial Board (2008 - 2012)
  • Masters Program Development Committee, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • University Governance Grievance Committee, member (2008 - 2009)
  • University Governance Grievance Committee, Member (2008 - 2009)
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital, Investigator (2009 - 2009)
  • Masters Program Development Committee, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • Americal Psychological Association, Reviewer for Division 25 SEAB Dissertation Award (2008 - 2008)
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Psychology Research Participation Management System, Coordinator/Website administrator (2007 - 2008)
  • ASU NCIAS, Task Leader (2006 - 2007)
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2007)
  • Tolleson High School, Presenter (2007)