Prof Elissa Epel
Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor, and Vice Chair, in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco. She is also the Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center, and the Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study, & Treatment, (COAST), and Associate Director of the Center for Health and Community.
Dr Epel studies psychological, social, and behavioural pathways underlying chronic psychological stress and stress resilience that impact cellular aging. She and her partners conduct clinical trials to examine the effect of self-regulation and mindfulness training programs on cellular aging, weight, diet, and glucose control.
She is President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and co-chair of the Steering Council for Mind & Life Institute. As co-lead of the UCSF Task Force on Climate Crisis and Mental Health, she is involved in interventions for climate distress and activation.
Epel has received several awards including the APA Early Career Award, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Neal Miller Young Investigator Award, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She was named Innovator of the Year by McLaughlin group and received the 2017 Silver Innovator Award from the Alliance for Aging Research.
Her research has been featured in 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 many science documentaries. She co-authored “The Telomere Effect” (2017) with Elizabeth Blackburn, a NYT bestseller under the category of Science.