• Javier Robles
  • Javier Robles
  • Teaching Instructor, Director, Center for Disability Sports, Health and Wellness
  • Area: Special Populations
  • End Degree: Juris Doctorate
  • Office: Loree Gym 109 (Douglass Campus)
  • Phone: 848-932-7046
  • Specialization: Disability health, wellness, sports, policy and programming. Underserved populations in the health system, equity and inclusion, and data justice.

Courses Taught

01:377:252   Health & Wellness in Underserved Populations (formerly Health & Social Justice)
01:377:324   Movement Experiences for Individuals with Disabilities
01:377:327   Field Experience - Special Populations

Professional Background

Javier Robles is a is a Juris Doctor graduate of Seton Hall Law School and a double degree Sociology and Puerto Rican and Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University. Mr. Robles is a faculty member and professor of The Kinesiology and Health Department. He is the Director of the Center for Disability Sports, Health and Wellness at Rutgers University and Co-chair of the Rutgers University Disability Studies committee. He is the Chair of the New Jersey Disabilities Covid-19 Action Committee and was appointed by Gov. Murphy to the Puerto Rico commission. In addition, he is a Board member of the United Spinal National Board and a Commissioner of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems, he is the Vice President of the Latino Action Network of New Jersey (LAN) until recently, he was on the board of Canine Companion for Independence Northeast Board for 15 years. He is past President of Thisabled, LLC, an organization that provides support to persons with disabilities through self-empowerment and perseverance. He is the Founder of the Facebook Group, “People with Disabilities Helping Each Other Survive the Coronavirus.” Robles has written for numerous publications including, Latinos NJ, ThisAbled Nation, New Mobility. One of his poems was recently published in the book, Access Granted. He is currently working on a book of poetry and writing an article on people with disabilities and inclusion. He is a photographer and a collector of glass and vintage negatives from the 1800 and early 1900s. Additionally, he is a beekeeper and Gardner in the Central Jersey region. He has two children and lives with his wife, daughter, and service dog in New Jersey.

Awards and Achievements

Minorities with Disabilities Advocacy Award
Seton Hall University Ramon Ramos Medal of Courage
Comite Noviembre Award
Rutgers University President of the year Award
Project Freedom's Angel Award
Northeast Ambassador for Canine Companions for Independence


Javier has been published in Seleciones, New Mobility, Disability.gov, Survival After SCI, and ThisAbled.com.