Elissa Epel - 1440 Multiversity

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Elissa Epel, PhD

Professor and researcher in aging, metabolism, and emotions

Elissa Epel is a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center. With Nobel laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn—who discovered the anti-aging enzyme telomerase—Epel is coauthor of the New York Times best seller The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer. She has co-led retreats at Spirit Rock, Upaya Institute and Zen Center, 1440 Multiversity, and Blue Spirit (Nicoya Peninsula).

An award-winning researcher, Epel studies psychological, social, and behavioral processes related to chronic psychological stress that accelerate biological aging, focusing closely on telomeres and other biomarkers of aging. She also studies the interconnections between emotions, eating, metabolism, and weight.

She has conducted trials on mindful eating for healthy nutrition, healthy weight during pregnancy, and weight loss in obese men and women. She has also focused on tailored mindfulness for reducing parenting stress for parents of children with developmental disorders.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and she serves on scientific advisory panels for the Mind and Life Institute and National Institutes of Health.

Epel has been featured on TEDMED, NBC’s the Today show, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and science documentaries on Discovery Channel and National Geographic.


Upcoming Programs

Cultivating Stress Resilience 2.0

September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

The noble profession of serving others often comes with a price to well-being. For those in the helping professions, developing solid stress resilience skills is critical to enhancing emotional and physical health and slowing biological aging. Immerse yourself in a deeply restorative weekend with Dan Siegel, MD, psychiatrist and executive director of the Mindsight Institute,...

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Previous Programs

Using the Telomere Effect for a Vibrant Healthspan

February 2 - 4, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Our biological health is intimately tied to our hearts and minds, our aspirations and goals, and how we seek relief when we feel stressed or depleted. These abstract, even existential, issues are anchored in a scientific understanding of healthy aging that we can apply to our own lifestyles.  This program is for anyone interested in...

Cultivating Stress Resilience

April 20 - 22, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Immerse yourself in learning during a deeply restorative and joyful weekend with Daniel Siegel, MD, psychiatrist and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, and Elissa Epel, PhD, renowned health psychology researcher on stress, aging, and meditation. Developing stronger skills for stress resilience can enhance emotional and physical health and slow biological aging.  Stress resilience is...