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 New York Times best seller The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.
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.
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