Elissa Epel Ph.D

About Elissa Epel 
Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is an international expert in stress, well-being, and healthy aging. She is a Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco. She is the Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center (www.amecenter.ucsf.edu), a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and past President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and Mind and Life Institute Steering Council. She studies how psychological, social, and behavioral processes accelerate biological aging, and well-being practices that can slow aging. She leads national NIH networks on Stress, and Emotional Well Being. She has won many awards for her research and her work was featured in venues such as TEDMED, The Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, 60 minutes, National Public Radio, New York Times, and WSJ. She enjoys leading meditation retreats at venues such as World Economic Forum, Esalen, Blue Spirit Costa Rica, and 1440 Multiversity. Epel co-wrote “The Telomere Effect: The new science of living younger longer” with Nobel laureate Liz Blackburn, which is a New York Times best-seller, and in 30 languages, that integrates the science of cell aging with practical daily tips.