Professor Elissa Epel, PhD

Professor Elissa Epel
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Yale University
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What we do today matters not just for today but for all subsequent days. We have more control over the process of aging than it may seem.

Elissa Epel, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. 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.

Dr. Epel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a steering council member for the Mind & Life Institute, and the president-elect of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She is the coauthor of The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer, a New York Times best seller that integrates the science of cell aging with practical daily tips.

Dr. Epel has won many awards for her research. Her work has been featured in various media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, TODAY, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, TEDMED, Wisdom 2.0, Health 2.0, and many science documentaries. In addition to doing research, she enjoys leading meditation retreats with her colleagues.

Learn more at and follow her on Twitter: @Dr_Epel.


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