Elissa Epel, Ph.D

Author and Professor at UCSF Deptartment of Psychiatry

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is an author and a Professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry.  She studies how chronic stress can impact biological aging (including the telomere/telomerase system), and how mindfulness interventions may buffer stress effects and promote psychological and physiological thriving.  She also studies food addiction and obesity. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, co-chair of the steering council for the Mind and Life Institute, and President Elect of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Epel co-wrote “The Telomere Effect: The new science of living younger longer”” with Liz Blackburn, which is a New York Times best seller that integrates the science of cell aging with practical daily tips.   She has won many awards for her research. Her work has been featured in venues such as TEDMED, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, 60 minutes, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wisdom 2.0, Health 2.0, and in many science documentaries.  She enjoys leading meditation retreats with her colleagues,
in diverse venues such as Esalen, WEF/Davos, Blue Spirit Costa Rica, and 1440 Multiversity

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