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Elissa Epel

PhD, Postdoc Alum
Elissa Epel, PhD, is a professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center (www.amecenter.ucsf.edu). She studies psychological, social, and behavioral processes related to chronic psychological stress that accelerate biological aging, with a focus on the telomere/telomerase maintenance system. She also studies the interconnections between emotional processes, eating, and metabolism. With her collaborators, she Dr. Epel conducts clinical trials to examine the effect of mindfulness-training programs on cellular aging, weight (including during pregnancy), and parenting stress for parents of children with developmental disorders. She co-leads studies funded by the NIH, including a stress measurement network, and a multicampus center on obesity funded by UC Office of the President. Dr. Epel has been involved in National Institute of Aging initiatives on the role of stress in aging, the reversibility of early-life adversity, and the science of behavior change. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, and president-elect of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She also is on the scientific advisory boards for the Mind and Life Institute and the European Society of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Epel earned her PhD from Yale University.

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