Elissa Epel, PhD

AME CENTER DIRECTOR

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a health psychologist focusing on stress pathways. For the past 15 years, she has studied stress in the lab and in the field, using naturalistic stressors, and associations with an early aging syndrome. She examines how stress processes lead to early disease precursors, focusing on overeating, abdominal obesity, and immune cell aging. She has found that people’s propensity to be stress reactive, psychologically or in terms of cortisol reactivity, is associated with overeating, abdominal obesity, and accelerated cell aging. With UCSF colleagues Elizabeth Blackburn and Jue Lin, she found that stress perceptions and stress arousal are related to telomere shortness and dampened telomerase activity. Their group now collaborates with many other labs extending this work from animal models to population studies. Their collaborative teams are examining how stress reduction interventions may enhance functioning of the telomere/telomerase maintenance system. Early work from their studies as well as from other research groups shows promise in understanding biochemical and behavioral modulators of cell aging in people.

Epel studied psychology and psychobiology at Stanford University (BA, 1990), and clinical and health psychology at Yale University (PhD, 1998). She completed an NIMH funded postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF, where she has stayed on as faculty, in the Department of Psychiatry. Epel has received awards from the American Psychological Association, for her research conducted as a student (1996, 1998), a junior investigator (2005), and more recently, the Early Career Award (2008). She also was awarded the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Neal Miller Young Investigator Award, and the International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology’s Young Investigator Award.

At UCSF, she enjoys working in collaborative teams, fostering interdisciplinary research, mentoring students, and working with postdoctoral fellows. She is the Assistant Director of the Center for Health and Community, a center promoting interdisciplinary research, a faculty member in the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship Program on population health, the NIMH funding Psychology and Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the UCSF Osher Center Training in Integrative Medicine (TRIM) fellowship. She is involved in several clinical trials at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, where she helps examine how mindfulness meditation affects stress pathways and cell aging. She was a founder and is now a Director of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST), an umbrella organization for clinical/translational research at UCSF, which focuses on how socio-economic status and stress pathways play a role in the obesity epidemic.

Dr. Epel's Selected Talks

Wisdom 2.0, The Mindful Genome, Elissa Epel and Steve Cole

Love and Wisdom in a Time of Stress, Elissa Epel and Jon Kabat Zinn

National Academy of Medicine, 2014, “Our Aging Society”

Peer Reviewed Publications

See Dr. Epel's ResearchGate Profile Here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elissa_Epel

193. Hagan, M. J., Bush, N., Mendes, W. B., Arenander, J., Epel, E., Puterman, E. (2017). Associations between childhood adversity and daily suppression and avoidance in response to stress in adulthood: can neurobiological sensitivity help explain this relationship? Anxiety Stress Coping, 30(2), 163-175. PubMed | PDF

192. Lindqvist, D., Dhabhar, F. S., James, S. J., Hough, C. M., Jain, F. A., Bersani, F. S., Reus, V. I., Verhoeven, J. E., Epel, E. S., Mahan, L., Rosser, R., Wolkowitz, O. M., & Mellon, S. H. (2017). Oxidative stress, inflammation and treatment response in major depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 76, 197-205. PubMed | PDF 

191. Felder J. N.Laraia, B., Coleman-Phox, K., Bush, N., Suresh, M., Thomas, M., Adler, N.Epel, E., & Prather, A. A. (2017). Poor Sleep Quality, Psychological Distress, and the Buffering Effect of Mindfulness Training During Pregnancy. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1-15. PubMed | PDF 

190. Adler, E., Dhruva, A., Moran, P. J., Daubenmier, J., Acree, M., Epel, E. S., Bacchetti, P., Prather, A. A., Mason, A., Hecht, F.M. (2016). Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Weight-Loss Intervention on Sleep Quality Among Adults with Obesity: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement MedPubMed | PDF 

189. Hodes, R. J., Sierra, F., Austad, S. N., Epel, E., Neigh, G. N., Erlandson, K. M., Schafer, M. J., LeBrasseur, N. K., Wiley, C., Campisi, J., Sehl, M. E., Scalia, R., Eguchi, S., Kasinath, B. S., Halter, J. B., Cohen, H. J., Demark-Wahnefried, W., Ahles, T. A., Barzilai, N., Hurria, A., & Hunt, P. W. (2016). Disease drivers of aging. Ann N Y Acad Sci., 1386(1), 45-68. PubMed | PDF 

188. Rehkopf, D. H., Needham, B. L., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Zota, A. R., Wojcicki, J. M., & Epel, E. S. (2016). Leukocyte Telomere Length in Relation to 17 Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Cross-Sectional Study of US Adults. PLoS Med, 13(11), e1002188. PubMed | PDF 

187. Hough, C. M., Lindqvist, D., Epel, E. S., Denis, M. S., Reus, V. I., Bersani, F. S., Rosser, R., Mahan, L., Burke, H. M., Wolkowitz, O. M., & Mellon, S. H. (2016). Higher serum DHEA concentrations before and after SSRI treatment are associated with remission of major depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 5(77), 122-130. PubMed | PDF 

186. Bersani F. S., Wolkowitz, O. M., Lindqvist, D., Yehuda, R., Flory, J., Bierer, L. M., Makotine, I., Abu-Amara, D., Coy, M., Reus, V. I., Epel, E. S., Marmar, C., & Mellon, S. H. (2016). Global arginine bioavailability, a marker of nitric oxide synthetic capacity, is decreased in PTSD and correlated with symptom severity and markers of inflammation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 52, 153-160. PubMed | PDF 

185. Mason, A. E., Epel, E. S., Kristeller, J., Moran, P. J., Dallman, M., Lustig, R. H., Acree, M., Bacchetti, P., Laraia, B. A., Hecht, F.M., & Daubenmier, J. (2016). Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on mindful eating, sweets consumption, and fasting glucose levels in obese adults: data from the SHINE randomized controlled trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39(2), 201-213. PubMed | PDF |

184. Lin, J., Neylan, T. C., Epel, E., & O'Donovan, A. (2016). Associations of childhood adversity and adulthood trauma with C-reactive protein: A cross-sectional population-based study. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 53, 105-112. PubMed | PDF 

183. Blackburn, E.H., Epel, E. S., & Lin, J. (2016). Human telomere biology: A contributory and interactive factor in aging, disease risks, and protection. Science, 350(6265), 1193-1198. PubMed | PDF 

182. Prather, A. A., Hecht, F.M., Epel, E. S. (2016). Factors related to telomere length. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 53, 279. PubMed | PDF 

181. Mathur, M. B., Epel, E., Kind, S., Desai, M., Parks, C. G., Sandler, D. P., & Khazeni, N. (2016). Perceived stress and telomere length: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and methodologic considerations for advancing the field. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 54, 158–169. PubMed | PDF 

180. Mason, A. E., Epel, E. S., Aschbacher, K., Lustig, R. H., Acree, M., Kristeller, J., … Daubenmier, J. (2016). Reduced reward-driven eating accounts for the impact of a mindfulness-based diet and exercise intervention on weight loss: Data from the SHINE randomized controlled trial. Appetite, 100, 86–93. PubMed | PDF 

179. Congdon, J. L., Adler, N. E., Epel, E. S., Laraia, B. A., & Bush, N. R. (2016). A Prospective Investigation of Prenatal Mood and Childbirth Perceptions in an Ethnically Diverse, Low-Income Sample. Birth (Berkeley, Calif.), 43(2), 159–166. PubMed | PDF

178. Daubenmier, J., Moran, P. J., Kristeller, J., Acree, M., Bacchetti, P., Kemeny, M. E., … Hecht, F. M. (2016). Effects of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention in adults with obesity: A randomized clinical trial. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 24(4), 794–804. PubMed | PDF 

177. Wojcicki, J. M., Shiboski, S., Heyman, M. B., Elwan, D., Lin, J.., Blackburn, E., & Epel, E. (2016). Telomere length change plateaus at 4 years of age in Latino children: associations with baseline length and maternal change. Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG, 291(3), 1379–1389. PubMed | PDF 

176. Lin, J., Cheon, J., Brown, R., Coccia, M., Puterman, E., Aschbacher, K., … Blackburn, E. H. (2016). Systematic and Cell Type-Specific Telomere Length Changes in Subsets of Lymphocytes. Journal of Immunology Research, 2016. PubMed | PDF 

175. Mathur, M. B., Epel, E., Kind, S., Desai, M., Parks, C. G., Sandler, D. P., & Khazeni, N. (2016). Toward a mechanistic understanding of psychosocial factors in telomere degradation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 56, 413. PubMed | PDF 

174. Jin, R. O., Mason, S., Mellon, S. H., Epel, E. S., Reus, V. I., Mahan, L., … Wolkowitz, O. M. (2016). Cortisol/DHEA ratio and hippocampal volume: A pilot study in major depression and healthy controls. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 72, 139–146. PubMed | PDF 

173. Hough, C. M., Bersani, F. S., Mellon, S. H., Epel, E. S., Reus, V. I., Lindqvist, D., … Wolkowitz, O. M. (2016). Leukocyte telomere length predicts SSRI response in major depressive disorder: A preliminary report. Molecular Neuropsychiatry, 2(2), 88–96. PubMed | PDF 

172. Wojcicki, J. M., Heyman, M. B., Elwan, D., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., & Epel, E. (2016). Early exclusive breastfeeding is associated with longer telomeres in Latino preschool children. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 104(2), 397–405. PubMed | PDF 

171. Sagner, M., McNeil, A., Puska, P., Auffray, C., Price, N. D., Hood, L., … Arena, R. (2017). The P4 Health Spectrum - A Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory Continuum for Promoting Healthspan. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 59(5), 506–521. PubMed | PDF 

170. Puterman, E., Gemmill, A., Karasek, D., Weir, D., Adler, N. E., Prather, A. A., & Epel, E. S. (2016). Lifespan adversity and later adulthood telomere length in the nationally representative US Health and Retirement Study. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(42), E6335–E6342. PubMed | PDF 

169. Goglin, S. E., Farzaneh-Far, R., Epel, E. S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Whooley, M. A. (2016). Change in Leukocyte Telomere Length Predicts Mortality in Patients with Stable Coronary Heart Disease from the Heart and Soul Study. PLoS ONE, 11(12). PubMed | PDF 

168. Aschbacher, K., Milush, J.M., Gilbert, A., Almeida, C., Sinclair, E., Epling, L., Grenon, S.M., Marco, E.J., Puterman, E., Epel, E. (2016). Chronic stress is associated with reduced circulating hematopoietic progenitor cell number: A maternal caregiving model. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 59, 245-252. PubMed | PDF 

167. Rasgon N, Lin KW, Lin, J.Epel, E., Blackburn, E.H. (2016). Telomere length as predictor of response to Pioglitazone in patients with unremitted depression: a preliminary study. Transl Psychiatry, 6, e709. PubMed | PDF |

166. Blackburn, E.H.Epel, E.S., & Lin, J. (2015). Human telomere biology: A contributory and interactive factor in aging, disease risks, and protection. Science, 350(6265), 1193-8. PubMed | PDF

165. Zota, A.R., Needham, B.L., Blackburn, E.H., Lin, J., Park, S.K., Rehkopf, D.H., & Epel, E.S. (2015). Association of cadmium and lead exposure with leukocyte telomere length: Findings from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002. Am J Epidemiol, 181(2), 127-136. PubMed | PDF 

164. Czajkowski, S.M., Powell, L.H., Adler, N., Naar-King, S., Reynolds, K.D., Hunter, C.M., Laraia, B., Olster, D.H., Perna, F.M., Peterson, J.C, Epel, E., Boyington, J.E., Charlson, M.E; for the Obesity Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT) Consortium. (2015). From ideas to efficacy: The ORBIT model for developing behavioral treatments for chronic diseases. Health Psychology, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

163. Verhoeven, J.E., Revesz, D., van Oppen, P., Epel, E.S., Wolkowitz, O.M., & Penninx, B.W. (2015). Anxiety disorders and accelerated cellular ageing. Br J Psychiatry, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

162. Geronimus, A., Pearson, J., Linnenbringer, E., Schulz, A., Reyes, A., Epel, E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E. (2015). Race/Ethnicity, poverty, urban stressors and telomere length in a community-based sample of Detroit adults. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, in press. PubMed | PDF

161. Leung, C.W.Epel, E.S., Willett, W.C., Rimm, E.B., & Laraia, B.A. (2015). Household Food Insecurity is positively associated with depression among low-income Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participants and income-eligible nonparticipants. J Nutr, 145(3), 622-627. PubMed | PDF 

160. Fair, B., Mellon, S.H.Epel, E.S., Révész, D., Verhoeven, J.E., Penninx, B.W., Reus, V.I., Mahan, L., Hough, C., Rosser, R., Burke, H.M., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Wolkowitz, O.M. (2015). Telomere length is inversely correlated with urinary stress hormone levels in healthy controls but not in un-medicated depressed individuals - Preliminary findings.Psychoneuroendocrinology, 61, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

159. Conklin, Q., King, B., Zanesco, A., Pokorny, J., Hamidi, A., Lin, J.Epel, E., Blackburn, E., Saron, C. (2015). Telomere lengthening after three weeks of an intensive insight meditation retreat. Psychoneuroimmunology, 61, 26-7. PubMed | PDF

158. Incollingo Rodriguez, A.C., Epel, E.S., White, M.L., Standen, E.C., Seckl, J.R., Tomiyama, A.J. (2015). Hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation and cortisol activity in obesity: A systematic review. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 62,301-318. PubMed | PDF

157. Puterman, E., Prather, A.A.Epel, E.S., Loharuka, S., Adler, N.E., Laraia, B., Tomiyama, A.J. (2015). Exercise mitigates cumulative associations between stress and BMI in girls age 10 to 19. Health Psychol, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

156. Moskowitz, J.T., Duncan, L.G., Moran, P.J., Acree, M., Epel, E.S., Kemeny, M.E., Hecht, F.M. Folkman, S. (2015). Dispositional mindfulness in people with HIV: Associations with psychological and physical health. Pers Individ Dif, 86, 88-93. PubMed | PDF

155. Magriples, U., Boynton, M.H., Kershaw, T.S., Lewis, J., Rising, S.S., Tobin, J.N., Epel, E., Ickovics, J.R. (2015). The impact of group prenatal care on pregnancy and postpartum weight trajectories. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 213(5), 688e.1-688e.9. PubMed | PDF

154. Mason, A.E., Laraia, B., Daubenmier, J., Hecht, F.M., Lustig, R.H., Puterman, E., Adler, N., Dallman, M., Kiernan, M., Gearhardt, A.N., Epel, E.S. (2015). Putting the brakes on the "drive to eat": Pilot effects of naltrexone and reward-based eating on food cravings among obese women. Eat Behav, 19, 53-56. PubMed | PDF

153. Bersani, F.S., Morley, C., Lindqvist, D., Epel, E.S., Picard, M., Yehuda, R., Flory, J., Bierer, L.M., Makotkine, I., Abu-Amara, D., Coy, M., Reus, V.I., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Marmar, C., Wolkowitz, O.M., Mellon, S.H. (2015). Mitochondrial DNA copy number is reduced in male combat veterans with PTSD. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, 64, 10-7. PubMed | PDF

152. Prather, A.A.Epel, E.S., Arenander, J., Broestl, L., Garay, B.I., Wang, D., Dubal, D.B. (2015). Longetivity factor klotho and chronic psychological stress. Transl Psychiatry, 5, e585. PubMed | PDF

151. Wojcicki, J.M., Heyman, M.B., Elwan, D., Shiboski, S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.Epel, E. (2015). Telomere length is associated with oppositional defiant behavior and maternal clinical depression in Latino preschool children. Transl Psychiatry, 5, e581. PubMed | PDF

150. Entringer, S., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Buss, C., Shahbaba, B., Gillen, D.L., Venkataramanan, R., Simhan, H.N., Wadhwa, P.D. Maternal folate concentration in early pregnancy and newborn telomere length. Ann Nutr Metab 66(4), 202-208. PubMed | PDF

149. Needham, B.L., Rehkopf, D., Adler, N., Gregorich, S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H.Epel, E.S. (2015). Leukocyte telomere length and mortality in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002. Epidemiology, 26(4), 528-535. PubMed | PDF

148. Lindqvist, D., Epel, E.S., Mellon, S.H., Penninx, B.W., Révész, D., Verhoeven, J.E., Reus, V.I., Lin, J., Mahan, L., Hough, C.M., Rosser, R., Bersani, F.S., Blackburn, E.H., Wolkowitz, O.M. (2015). Psychiatric disorders and leukocyte telomere length: Underlying mechanisms linking mental illness with cellular aging. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 55, 333-364. PubMed | PDF

147. Mason, A.E., Lustig, R.H., Brown, R.R., Acree, M., Bacchetti, P., Moran, P.J., Dallman, M., Laraia, B., Adler, N., Hecht, F.M., Daubenmier, J., Epel, E.S. (2015). Acute responses to opioidergic blockade as a biomarker of hedonic eating among obese women enrolled in a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention trial. Appetite, 91, 311-320. PubMed | PDF

146. Geronimus, A.T., Pearson, J.A., Linnenbringer, E., Schulz, A.J., Reyes, A.G., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H. (2015). Race-ethnicity, poverty, urban stressors, and telomere length in a Detroit community-based sample. J Health Soc Behav, 56(2), 199-224. PubMed | PDF

145. Chae, D.H., Nuru-Jeter, A.M., Adler, N.E., Brody, G.H., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Epel, E.S. (2014). Discrimination, racial bias, and telomere length in African-American men. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 46(2), 103-111. PubMed | PDF 

144. Buss, J., Havel, P.J., Epel, E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., & Daubenmier, J. (2014). Associations of ghrelin with eating behaviors, stress, metabolic factors, and telomere length among overweight and obese women. Preliminary evidence of attenuated ghrelin effects in obesity? Appetite, 76C, 84-94. PubMed | PDF 

143. Rehkopf, D., Dow, W., Rosero-Bixby, L., Lin, J.Epel, E., & Blackburn, E. (2014). Seasonal variation of peripheral blood leukocyte telomere length in Costa Rica: a population based observational study, American Journal of Human Biology, 26(3), 367-75. PubMed | PDF

142. Incollingo Belsky, A.C., Epel, E.S., & Tomiyama, A.J. (2014). Clues to maintaining calorie restriction? Psychological profiles of successful long-term restrictions. Appetite, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

141. Thomas, M., Vieten, C., Adler, N., Ammondson, I., Coleman-Phox, K.Epel, E., & Laraia, B. (2014). Potential for a stress reduction intervention to promote healthy gestational weight gain: Focus groups with low-income pregnant women.Womens Health Issues, 24(3), e305-11. PubMed | PDF 

140. Epel, E.S. & Lithgow, G.J. (2014). Stress biology and aging mechanisms: Toward understanding the deep connection between adaptation to stress and longevity. Journal of Gerontology A Biol Sci Med Sci, 69 Suppl 1, S10-S16. PubMed | PDF

139. Aschbacher, K., Kornfeld, S., Picard, M., Puterman, E., Havel, P.J., Stanhope, K., Lustig, R.H., & Epel, E. (2014). Chronic stress increases vulnerability to diet-related abdominal fat, oxidative stress, and metabolic risk. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 46, 14-22. PubMed | PDF 

138. Daubenmier, J., Hayden, D., Chang, V., & Epel, E. (2014). It's not what you think, it's how you relate to it: Dispositional mindfulness moderates the relationship between psychological distress and the cortisol awakening process. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 48, 11-18. PubMed | PDF 

137. Epel, E.S., Tomiyama, A.J., Mason, A.E., Laraia, B.A., Hartman, W., Ready, K., Acree, M., Adam, T.C., St. Jeor, S., & Kessler, D. (2014). The reward-based eating drive scale: A self-report index of reward-based eating. PLoS One, 9(6), e101350. PubMed | PDF 

136. Jacobs, E.G., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Rasgon, N.L. (2014). Relationship between leukocyte telomere length, telomerase activity and hippocampal volume in early aging. JAMA Neurology, 71(7), 921-923. PubMed | PDF 

135. Tomiyama, A.J., Epel, E.S., McClatchey, T.M., Poelke, G., Kemeny, M.E., McCoy, S.K., & Daubenmier, J. (2014). Associations of weight stigma with cortisol and oxidative stress independent of adiposity. Health Psychology33(8), 862-867. PubMed | PDF

134. Puterman, E., Lin, J., Krauss, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Epel, E.S. (2014). Determinants of telomere attrition over 1 year in healthy older women: Stress and health behaviors matter. Molecular Psychiatry, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

133. Leung, C.W.Epel, E.S., Ritchie, L.D., Crawford, P.B., & Laraia, B.A. (2014). Food insecurity is inversely associated with diet quality of lower-income adults. J Acad Nutr Diet, Epub ahead of print. PubMed |PDF 

132. Corey, S.M., Epel, E., Schembri, M., Pawlowsky, S.B., Cole, R.J., Araneta, M.R., Barrett-Connor, E., & Kanaya, A.M. (2014). Effect of restorative yoga vs. stretching on diurnal cortisol dynamics and psychosocial outcomes in individuals with the metabolic syndrome: the PRYSMS randomized controlled trial, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

131. Chen, S.H., Epel, E.S., Mellon, S.H., Lin, J., Reus, V.I., Rosser, R., Kupferman, E., Burke, H., Mahan, L., Blackburn, E.H., & Wolkowitz, O.M. (2014). Adverse childhood experiences and leukocyte telomere maintenance in depressed and healthy adults. Journal of Affective Disorders, 169, 86-90. PubMed | PDF 

130. Needham, B.L., Mezuk, B., Bareis, N., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Epel, E.S. (2014). Depression, anxiety, and telomere length in young adults: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Molecular Psychiatry, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

129. Lindqvist, D., Mueller, S., Mellon, S.H., Su, Y., Epel, E.S., Reus, V.I., Rosser, R., Mahan, L., Mackin, R.S., Yang, T.T., & Wolkowitz, O.M. (2014). Peripheral antioxidant markers are associated with total hippocampal and CA3/dentate gyrus volume in MDD and healthy controls-preliminary findings. Psychiatry Research, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

128. Aschbacher, K., Rodriguez-Fernandez, M., van Wietmarschen, H., Tomiyama, A.J., Jain, S., Epel, E., Doyle, F.J. 3rd, van der Greef, J. (2014). The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-leptin axis and metabolic health: A systems approach to resilience, robustness and control. Interface Focus, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

127. Needham, B., Adler, N., Gregorich, S., Rehkopf, D., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Epel, E.S. (2014). Leukocyte telomere length and mortality in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002. Epidemiology, 2015 Jul;26(4):528-35. PubMed | PDF

126. Leung, C.W., Laraia, B.A., Needham, B.L., Rehkopf, D.H., Adler, N.E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Epel, E.S. (2014). Soda and cell aging: Associations between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and leukocyte telomere length in healthy adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. American Journal of Public Health, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

125. Entringer, S., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Buss, C., Simhan, H.N., & Wadhwa, P.D. (2014). Maternal estriol (E3) concentrations in early gestation predict infant telomere length. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

124. Kennedy, B.K., Berger, S.L, Brunet, A., Campisi, J., Cuervo, A.M., Epel, E.S., Franceschi, C., Lithgow, G.J., Morimoto, R.I., Pessin, J.E., Rando, T.A., Richardson, A., Schadt, E.E., Wyss-Coray, T., & Sierra, F. (2014). Geroscience: Linking aging to chronic disease. Cell, 159(4), 709-713. PubMed | PDF 

123. Prather, A.A., Gurfein, B., Moran, P., Daubenmier, J., Acree, M., Bacchetti, P., Sinclair, E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., Hecht, F.M., & Epel, E.S. (2014). Tired telomeres: Poor global sleep quality, perceived stress, and telomere length in immune cell subsets in obese men and women. Brain Behav Immun, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

122. Ye, S., Shaffer, J.A., Kang, M.S., Harlapur, M., Muntner, P, Epel, E., Guernsey, D., Schwartz, J.E., Davidson, K.W., Kirkland, S., Honig, L.S., & Shimbo, D. (2013). Relation between leukocyte telomere length and incident coronary heart disease events (from the 1995 Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey). American Journal of Cardiology, 111(7), 962-967. PubMed | PDF 

121. Laraia, B.Epel, E., & Siega-Riz, A. (2013). Food insecurity with past experience of restrained eating is a recipe for increased gestational weight gain. Appetite, 65C, 178-184. PubMed | PDF 

120. Jacobs, E.G., Kroenke, C., Lin, J.Epel, E.S., Kenna, H.A., Blackburn, E.H., & Rasgon, N.L. (2013). Accelerated cell aging in female APOE-ε4 carriers: Implications for hormone therapy use. PLoS One, 8(2), e54713. PubMed | PDF 

119. Cohen, S., Janicki-Deverts, D., Turner, R.B., Casselbrant, M.L., Li-Korotky, H., Epel, E.S., & Doyle, W.J. (2012). Association between telomere length and experimentally induced upper respiratory viral infection in health adults. JAMA, 309(7), 699-705. PubMed | PDF 

118. Coleman-Phox, K., Laraia, B., Adler, N., Vieten, C., Thomas, M., & Epel, E. (2013). Recruitment and retention of pregnant women for a behavioral intervention: Lessons from the Maternal Adiposity, Metabolism, and Stress (MAMAS) Study. Preventing Chronic Disease, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

117. Aschbacher, K., O’Donovan, A., Wolkowitz, O.M., Dhabhar, F.S., Su, Y., & Epel, E. (2013). Good stress, bad stress and oxidative stress: Insights from anticipatory cortisol reactivity. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 38(9), 1698-1708. PubMed | PDF 

116. Jacobs, T.L., Shaver, P.R. Epel, E.S., Zanesco, A.P., Aichele, S.A., Bridwell, D.A., Rosenberg, E.L., King, B.G., Maclean, K.A., Sahdra, B.K., Kemeny, M.E., Ferrer, E., Wallace, B.A., & Saron, C.D. (2013). Self-reported mindfulness and cortisol dynamics during a Shamatha meditation retreat. Health Psychology, 32(10), 1104-1109. PubMed | PDF 

*Read more about Shamatha Meditation and Dr. Clifford Saron's project here.

115. Needham, B.L., Adler, N., Gregorich, S., Rehkopf, D., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Epel, E.S. (2013). Socioeconomic status, health behavior, and leukocyte telomere length in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002. Social Science & Medicine, 85, 1-8. PubMed | PDF 

114. Shalev, I., Entringer, S., Wadhwa, P.D., Wolkowitz, O.M., Puterman, E., Lin, J., & Epel, E.S. (2013). Stress and telomere biology: A lifespan perspective. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(9), 1835-1842. PubMed | PDF 

113. Puterman, E., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Gross, J.J., Whooley, M.A., & Cohen, B.E. (2013). Multisystem resiliency moderates the major depression-Telomere length association: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 33, 65-73. PubMed | PDF

112. Prather, A.A.Epel, E.S., Cohen, B.E., Neylan, T.C., & Whooley, M.A. (2013). Gender differences in the prospective associations of self-reported sleep quality with biomarkers of systemic inflammation and coagulation: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47(9), 1228-1235. PubMed | PDF

111. Cohen, S., Janicki-Deverts, D., Turner, R.B., Marsland, A.L., Casselbrant, M.L., Li-Korotky, H.S., Epel, E.S., & Doyle, W.J. (2013). Childhood socioeconomic status, telomere length, and susceptibility to upper respiratory infection. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 34, 31-38. PubMed | PDF

110. Talbot, L.S., Maguen, S., Epel, E.S., Metzler, T.J., & Neylan, T.C. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with emotional eating. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(4), 521-525. PubMed | PDF 

109. Patterson, S., Moran, P., Epel, E., Sinclair, E., Kemeny, M.E., Deeks, S.G., Bacchetti, P., Acree, M., Epling, L., Kirschbaum, C., Hecht, F.M. (2013). Cortisol patterns are associated with T-Cell activation in HIV. PLoS One, 8(7), e63429. PubMed | PDF

108. Puterman, E., Haritatos, J., Adler, N.E., Sidney, S., Schwartz, J.E., & Epel, E.S. (2013). Indirect effect of financial strain on daily cortisol output through daily negative to positive affect index in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 48(11), 1266-1273. PubMed | PDF

107. Rehkopf, D., Dow, W., Rosero-Bixby, L., Lin, J.Epel, E., & Blackburn, E. (2013). Longer leukocyte telomere length in Costa Rica’s Ncoyan Peninsula: A population-based study. Experimental Gerontology, 48(11), 1266-1273. PubMed | PDF

106. McCoy, S.K., Wellman, J.D., Cosley, B., Saslow, L., & Epel, E. (2013). Is the belief in meritocracy palliative for low status groups? Evidence for a benefit for self-esteem and physical health via perceived control. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43(4), 307-318. PubMed | PDF

105. Ornish, D., Lin, J., Chan, J.M., Epel, E., Kemp, C., Weidner, G., Marlin, R., Frenda, S.J., Magbanua, M.J., Daubenmeir, J., Estay, I., Hills, N.K., Chainani-Wu, N., Carroll, P.R., & Blackburn, E.H. (2013). Effect of comprehensive lifestyle changes on telomerase activity and telomere length in men with biopsy-proven low-risk prostate cancer: 5 year follow-up of a descriptive pilot study. Lancet Oncology, 14(11), 1112-1120. PubMed | PDF 

104. Prather, A.A., Puterman, E.Epel, E.S., & Dhabhar, F.S. (2013). Poor sleep quality potentiates stress-induced cytokine reactivity in postmenopausal women with high visceral abdominal adiposity. Brain Behavior & Immunity, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

103. Verhoeven, J.E., Révész, D., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Wolkowitz, O.M., & Penninx, B.W. (2013). Major depressive disorder and accelerated cellular aging: Results from a large psychiatric cohort study. Molecular Psychiatry, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

102. Daubenmier, J., Lustig, R.H., Hecht, F.M., Kristeller, J., Woolley, J., Adam, T., Dallman, M., & Epel, E. (2014). A new biomarker of hedonic eating? A preliminary investigation of cortisol and nausea responses to acute opioid blockade. Appetite, 74, 92-100. PubMed | PDF

101. Saslow, L.R., McCoy, S., van der Lowe, I., Cosley, B., Vartan, A., Oveis, C., Keltner, D., Moskowitz, J.T., & Epel, E.S. (2014). Speaking under pressure: Low linguistic complexity is linked to high physiological and emotional stress reactivity. Psychophysiology, 51(3), 257-266. PubMed | PDF 

100. Puterman, E.Epel, E.S., O’Donovan, A., Prather, A.A., Aschbacher, K., & Dhabhar, F.S. (2013). Anger is associated with increased IL-6 stress reactivity in women, but only among those low in social support. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF 

99. Aschbacher, K.Epel, E., Wolkowitz, O.M., Prather, A.A., Puterman, E., & Dhabhar, F.S. (2012). Maintenance of a positive outlook during acute stress protects against pro-inflammatory reactivity and future depressive symptoms. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 26(2), 346-352. PubMed | PDF

98. Aschbacher, K., Chen, Q., Varga, M., Haddad, D., Yeghiazarians, Y., Epel, E., Wolkowitz, O., & Springer, M. (2012). Higher fasting glucose levels are associated with reduced circulating angiogenic cell migratory capacity among healthy individuals. American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease2(1), 12-19. PubMed | PDF

97. O'Donovan, A., Tomiyama, J., Lin, J., Puterman, E., Adler, N., Kemeny, M., Wolkowitz, O., Blackburn, E., & Epel, E. (2012). Stress appraisals and cellular aging: A key role for anticipatory threat in the relationship between psychological stress and telomere length. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 26(4), 573-579. PubMed | PDF

96. Puterman, E., Adler, N., Matthews, K.A., & Epel, E. (2012). Financial strain and impaired fasting glucose: The moderating role of physical activity in the coronary artery risk development in young adults study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(2), 187-192. PubMed | PDF

95. Lavretsky, H., Epel, E.S., Siddarth, P., Nazarian, N., Cyr, N.S., Khalsa, D.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., & Irwin, M.R. (2012). A pilot study of yogic meditation for family dementia caregivers with depressive symptoms: Effects on mental health, cognition, and telomerase activity. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28(1), 57-65. PubMed | PDF

94. Needham, B.L., Fernandez, J., Lin, J.Epel, E., & Blackburn, E.H. (2012). Socioeconomic status and cell aging in children. Social Science & Medicine, 74(12), 1948-1951. PubMed | PDF

93. Tomiyama, A.J., Schamarek, I., Lustig, R.H., Kirschbaum, C., Puterman, E., Havel, P.J., & Epel, E.S. (2012). Leptin concentrations in response to acute stress predict subsequent intake of comfort foods. Physiology & Behavior, 107(1), 34-39. PubMed | PDF

92. Kroenke, C., Seeman, T., Matthews, K., Adler, N., & Epel, E. (2012). Mood patterns based on momentary assessment of positive and negative mood over a day, and coronary artery calcification in the CARDIA study. Psychosomatic Medicine74(5), 526-34. PubMed | PDF 

91. Langer, C., Epel, E., Matthews, K., Moskowitz, J., & Adler, N. (2012). Social hierarchy and depression: The role of emotion suppression. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 146(4), 417-36. PubMedPDF

90. Adler, N., Pantell, M.S., O’Donovan, A., Blackburn, E., Cawthon, R., Koster, A., Opresko, P., Newman, A., Harris, T.B., & Epel, E. (2012). Educational attainment and late life telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study. Brain Behavior & Immunity27(1), 1-15. PubMed | PDF

89. Tomiyama, A.J., Puterman, E.Epel, E.S., Rehkopf, D.H., & Laraia, B.A. (2012). Chronic psychological stress and racial disparities in body mass index change between Black and White girls aged 10-19. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(1), 3-12. PubMed | PDF

88. Kiecolt-Glaser, J., Epel, E., Belury, M.A., Andridge, R., Lin, J., Glaser, R., Malarkey, W.B., Hwang, B.S., & Blackburn, E. (2012). Omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, and leukocyte telomere length: A randomized controlled trial. Brain Behavior & Immunity, 28, 16-24. PubMed | PDF

87. Hassett, A.L., Epel, E., Clauw, D.J., Harris, R.E., Harte, S.E., Kairys, A., Buyske, S., & Williams, D.A. (2012). Pain is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in women with fibromyalgia. The Journal of Pain, 13(10), 959-969. PubMed | PDF

86. Epel, E. (2012). How ‘reversible’ is telomeric aging? Cancer Prevention Research5(10), 1163-1168. PubMed PDF

85. Beery, A.K., Lin, J., Biddle, J.S., Francis, D.D., Blackburn, E.H., & Epel, E.S. (2012). Chronic stress elevates telomerase activity in rats. Biology Letters, 8 (6), 1063-1066. PubMed | PDF

84. Blackburn, E.Epel, E. (2012). Telomeres and adversity: Too toxic to ignore. Nature, 490(7419), 169-171. PubMed | PDF

83. Bansal, N., Whooley, M.A., Regan, M., McCulloch, C.E., Ix, J.H., Epel, E., Blackburn, E., Lin, J., & Hsu, C.Y. (2012). Association between kidney function and telomere length: The Heart and Soul Study. American Journal of Nephrology, 36(5), 405-411. PubMed PDF

82. O’Donovan, A., Slavich, G.M., Epel, E.S., & Neylan, T. (2012). Exaggerated neurobiological sensitivity to threat as a mechanism linking anxiety with increased risk for diseases of aging. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 37(1), 96-108. PubMed | PDF

81. Shaffer, J.A., Epel, E., Kang, M.S., Ye, S., Schwartz, J.E., Davidson, K.W., Kirkland, S., Honig, L.S., & Shimbo, D. (2012). Depressive symptoms are not associated with leukocyte telomere length: Findings from the Nova Scotia Health Survey (NSHS95), a population-based study. PLoS One, 7(10), e48318. PubMed | PDF

80. Puterman, E., & Epel, E. (2012). An intricate dance: Life experience, multisystem resiliency, and rate of telomere decline throughout the lifespan. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 6(11), 807-825. PubMed | PDF

79. Entringer, S., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Buss, C., Shahbaba, B., Blackburn, E.H., Simhan, H.N., & Wadhwa, P.D. (2012). Maternal psychosocial stress during pregnancy is associated with newborn leukocyte telomere length. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 208(2), 134.e1-7. PubMed | PDF

78. Rawdin, B., Mellon, S.H., Dhabhar, F.S.Epel, E.S., Puterman, E., Su, Y., Burke, H.M., Reus, V.I., Rosser, R., Hamilton, S.P., Nelson, J.C., & Wolkowitz, O.M. (2012). Dysregulated relationship of inflammation and oxidative stress in major depression. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity, 31, 143-152. PubMed | PDF 

77. Epel, E., Puterman, E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., Lazaro, A., & Mendes, W. (2012). Wandering minds and aging cells. Clinical Psychological Science, 1(1), 75-83. PDF 

76. Jacobs, T.L., Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., Wolkowitz, O.M., Bridwell, D.A., Zanesco, A.P., Aichele, S.R., Sahdra, B.K., Maclean, K.A., King, B.G., Shaver, P.R., Rosenberg, E.L., Ferrer, E., Wallace, B.A., & Saron, C.D. (2011). Intensive mediation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(5), 664-81. PubMed | PDF

75. Lin, J., Kroenke, C.H., Epel, E.S., Kenna, H., Wolkowitz, O., Blackburn, E., & Rasgon, N. (2011). Greater endogenous estrogen exposure is associated with longer telomeres in postmenopausal women at risk for cognitive decline. Brain Research, 1379, 224-31. PubMed | PDF

74. Rehkopf, D., Laraia, B., Segal, M., Braithwaite, D., & Epel, E. (2011). The relative importance of predictors of body mass index change, obesity and overweight in adolescent girls. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6(2-2), e233-242. PubMed | PDF

73. Wolkowitz, O.M., Mellon, S.H.Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Reus, V.I., Rosser, R., Burke, H., Campognone, M., Nelson, J.C., Dhabhar, F.S., & Blackburn, E.H. (2011). Resting leukocyte telomerase activity is elevated in major depression and predicts treatment response. Molecular Psychiatry17(2), 164-172. PubMed | PDF 

72. Humphreys, J., Epel, E.S., Cooper, B.A., Lin, J., Blackburn, E.H., & Lee, K.A. (2011). Telomere shortening in formerly abused and never abused women. Biological Research Nursing, 14(2), 115-123. PubMed | PDF

71. Wolkowitz, O.M., Mellon, S.H.Epel, E.S., Lin, J., Dhabhar, F.S., Su, Y., Reus, V.I., Rosser, R., Burke, H.M., Kupferman, E., Compagnone, M., Nelson, J.C., & Blackburn, E.H. (2011). Leukocyte telomere length in major depression: Correlations with chronicity, inflammation and oxidative stress-preliminary findings. PLoS One, 6(3), e17837. PubMed | PDF

70. O’Donovan, A.Epel, E., Lin, J., Wolkowitz, O., Cohen, B., Maguen, S., Metzler, T., Lenoci, M., Blackburn, E., & Neylan, T.C. (2011). Childhood trauma associated with short leukocyte telomere length in post-traumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry70(5), 465-471.                            PubMed | PDF

69. Hoen, P.W., de Jonge, P., Na, B.Y., Farzaneh-Far, R., Epel, E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., & Whooley, M.A. (2011). Depression and leukocyte telomere length in patients with coronary heart disease: Data from the Heart and Soul Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(7), 541-547. PubMed | PDF

68. Wojcicki, J.M., Holbrook, K., Lustig, R.H., Epel, E., Caughey, A.B., Munoz, R.F., Shiboski, S.C., & Heyman, M.B. (2011). Chronic maternal depression is associated with reduced weight gain in latino infants from birth to 2 years of age. PLoS One, 6(2), e16737. PubMed | PDF

67. O'Donovan, A., Pantell, M., Puterman, E., Dhabhar, F.S., Blackburn, E.H., Yaffe, K., Cawthon, R.M., Opresko, P.L., Hsueh, W., Satterfield, S., Newman, A.B., Ayonayon, H.N., Rubin, S.M., Harris, T.B., & Epel, E.S. For the Health Aging and Body Composition Study (2011). Cumulative inflammatory load is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. PLoS ONE6(5), e19687. PubMed | PDF

66. Wolkowitz, O.M., Wolf, J., Shelly, W., Rosser, R., Burke, H., Lerner, G.K., Reus, V.I., Nelson, J.C., Epel, E.S., & Mellon, S.H. (2011). Serum BDNF levels before treatment predict SSRI response in depression. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, 35(7), 1623-1630. PubMed | PDF

65. Entringer, S., Epel, E.S., Kumsta, R., Lin, J., Hellhammer, D.H., Blackburn, E.H., Wust, S., & Wadhwa, P.D. (2011). Stress exposure in intrauterine life is associated with shorter telomere length in young adulthood. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA108(33), E513-518. PubMed | PDF

64. Kroenke, C.H., Epel, E., Adler, N., Bush, N., Obradovic, J., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., Stamperdahl, J.L., Boyce, T. (2011). Autonomic and adrenocortical reactivity and buccal cell telomere length in kindergarten children. Psychosomatic Medicine73(7), 533-540. PubMed | PDF

63. Tomiyama, J., Dallman, M., & Epel, E. (2011). Comfort food is comforting to those most stressed. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(10), 1513-1519. PubMed | PDF

62. Puterman, E., O'Donovan, A., Adler, N., Tomiyama, A.J., Kemeny, M., Wolkowitz, O.Epel, E. (2011). Physical activity moderates stressor-induced rumination on cortisol reactivity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73(7), 604-611. PubMed | PDF

61. Daubenmier, J., Kristeller, J., Hecht, F.M., Maninger, N., Kuwata, M., Jhaveri, K., Lustig, R.H., Kemeny, M.E., Karan, L., & Epel, E. (2011). Mindfulness intervention for stress eating on cortisol and abdominal fat among overweight and obese women: An exploratory randomized controlled study. Obesity Research, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

60. Lin, J.Epel, E., & Blackburn, E. (2011). Telomeres and lifestyle factors: Roles in cellular aging. Mutation Research730(1-2), 85-89. PubMed | PDF

59. Szanton, S.L., Rifkind, J.M., Mohanty, J.G., Miller, E.R. 3rd, Thorpe, R.J., Nagababu, E., Epel, E.S., Zonderman, A.B., & Evans, M.K. (2011). Racial discrimination is associated with a measure of red blood cell oxidative stress: A potential pathway for racial health disparities. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19(4), 489-495. PubMed | PDF

58. Prather, A.A., Puterman, E., Lin, J., O’Donovan, A., Krauss, J., Tomiyama, A.J., Epel, E.S., & Blackburn, E.H. (2011). Shorter leukocyte telomere length in midlife women with poor sleep quality. Journal of Aging Research, Epub ahead of print. PubMed | PDF

57. Krauss, J.D., Farzaneh-Far, R., Na, B., Lin, J.Epel, E., Blackburn, E., & Whooley, M.A. (2011). Physical fitness and telomere length in patients with coronary heart disease: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study. PLoS One, 6 (11), e26983. PubMed | PDF

56. Tomiyama, A.J., O’Donovan, A., Lin, J., Puterman, E., Lazaro, A., Chan, J., Dhabar, F., Wolkowitz, O., Kirschbaum, C., Blackburn, E., & Epel, E. (2011). Does cellular aging relate to patterns of allostasis? An examination of basal and stress reactive HPA axis activity and telomere length. Physiology & Behavior, 106(1), 40-45. PubMed | PDF

55. Groesz, L., McCoy, S., Carl, J., Saslow, L., Stewart, J., Adler, N., Laraia, B., & Epel, E. (2011). What is eating you? Stress and the drive to eat. Appetite, 58(2), 717-721. PubMed | PDF

54. Daubenmier, J., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., Hecht, F.M., Kristeller, J., Maninger, N., Kuwata, M., Bacchetti, P., Havel, P.J., & Epel, E. (2011). Changes in stress, eating, and metabolic factors are related to changes in telomerase. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(7), 917-28. PubMed | PDF

53. Kroenke, C.H., Pletcher, M.J., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., Adler, N., Matthews, K., & Epel, E. (2011). Telomerase, telomere length, and coronary artery calcium in black and white men in the CARDIA study. Atherosclerosis, 220(2), 506-512. PubMed | PDF

52. Adam, T., Schamarek, I., Springer, E.A., Havel, P.J., & Epel, E.S. (2010). Adiponectin and negative mood in healthy pre- and post-menopausal women. Hormones and Behavior58(5), 699-704. PubMed | PDF

51. Epel, E., Lin, J., Dhabhar, F., Wolkowitz, O., Karan, K., Puterman, E., Sinclair, E., & Blackburn, E. (2010). Dynamics of telomerase activity in response to acute psychological stress. Brain Behavior and Immunity24(4): 531-539. PubMed | PDF | *Commentary by Drs. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser and Ronald Glaser

50. Farzaneh-Far, R., Lin, J.Epel, E.S., Harris, W.S., Blackburn E.H., & Whooley, M.A. (2010). Association of marine omega-3 fatty acid levels with telomeric aging in patients with coronary heart disease. Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(3), 250-257. PubMed | PDF

49. Farzaneh-Far, R., Lin, J.Epel, E., Lapham, K., Blackburn, E., Whooley, M.A. (2010). Telomere length trajectory and its determinants in persons with coronary artery disease: Longitudinal findings from the Heart and Soul Study. PLoS ONE, e8612. PubMed | PDF

48. Kumari, M., Badrick, E., Chandola, T., Adler, N.Epel, E., Seeman, T., Kirschbaum, C., & Marmot, M. (2010). Measures of social position and cortisol secretion in an aging population: Findings from the Whitehall II study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72, 27-34. PubMed | PDF

47. Lin, J.Epel, E., Cheon, J., Kroenke, C., Sinclair, E., Bigos, M., Wolkowitz, O., Mellon, S., & Blackburn, E. (2010). Analyses and comparisons of telomerase activity and telomere length in human T and B cells: Insights for epidemiology of telomere maintenance. Journal of Immunological Methods352, 71-80. PubMed | PDF

46. Needham, B.L., Epel, E.S., Adler, N.E., & Keife, C. (2010). Trajectories of change in obesity and symptoms of depression: the CARDIA study. American Journal of Public Health100, 1040-6. PubMed | PDF

45. Puterman, E., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., O'Donovan, A., Adler, N., & Epel, E. (2010). The power of exercise: Buffering the effect of chronic stress on telomere length. PLos ONE, 5, e10837. PubMed | PDF

44. Slavich, G., O'Donovan, A.Epel, E., & Kemeny, M.E. (2010). Black sheep get the blues: A psychobiological model of social rejection and depression. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 35, 39-45. PubMed | PDF

43. Wolkowitz, O.Epel, E., Reus, V., & Mellon, S. (2010). Depression gets old fast: Do stress and depression accelerate cell aging? Anxiety & Depression, 27, 327-338. PubMed | PDF

42. Cosley, B., McCoy, S., Saslow, L., Epel, E. (2010). Is compassion for others stress buffering? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology46, 816-823. PDF

41. Rosenberger, P.H., Dhabhar, F.S.Epel, E., Jokl, P., & Ickovics, J.R. (2010). Sex differences and factors influencing recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 468(12), 3399-405. PubMed | PDF

40. Bower, J.E., Moskowitz, J.T., & Epel, E. (2009). Is benefit finding good for your health? Pathways linking positive life changes after stress and physical health outcomes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(6), 337-341. PDF

39. Braithwaite, D., Moore, D.H., Lustig, R.H., Epel, E.S., Ong, K.K., Rehkopf, D.H., Wang, M.C., Miller, S.M., & Hiatt, R.A. (2009). Socioeconomic status in relation to early menarche among black and white girls. Cancer Causes and Control, 20, 713-720. PubMed | PDF

38. Dhabhar, F. S., Burke, H.M, Epel, E., Mellon, S.H., Rosser, R., Reus, V., & Wolkowitz, O.W. (2009). Low serum IL-10 concentrations and loss of regulatory association between IL-6 and IL-10 in adults with major depression. Journal of Psychiatric Research,43, 962-969. PubMed | PDF

37. Epel, E. (2009). Psychological and metabolic stress: A recipe for accelerated aging? Hormones, 8, 7-22. PubMed | PDF

36. Epel, E. (2009). Telomeres in a life-span perspective: A new "Psychobiomarker"? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 6-10. PDF

35. Epel, E., Daubenmier, J., Folkman, S., & Blackburn, E. (2009). Can meditation slow rate of cellular aging? Cognitive stress, mindfulness, and telomeres. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences1172, 34-53. PubMed | PDF

34. Epel, E., Merkin-Stein, S., Cawthon, R., Blackburn, E., Adler, N., Pletcher, M., & Seeman, T. (2009). The rate of leukocyte telomere shortening predicts mortality from cardiovascular diseases in elderly men. Aging, 1, 81-88. PubMed | PDF

33. Maninger, N., Wolkowitz, O.M., Reus, V.I., Epel, E.S., & Mellon, S.H. (2009). Neurobiological and neuropsychiatric effects of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and DHEA sulfate (DHEAS). Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 30, 65-91. PubMed | PDF

32. O'Donovan, A., Lin, J., Dhabhar, F.S., Wolkowitz, O., Tillie, J.M., Blackburn, E., & Epel, E. (2009). Pessimism correlates with leukocyte telomere shortness and elevated interleukin-6 in post-menopausal women. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 23, 446-449. (cited in "Impact papers on aging in 2009" Aging, 2010, 2, 111-21). PubMed | PDF

31. Rosenberger, P. H., Ickovics, J., Epel, E., Nadler, E., Jokl, P., Fulkerson, J. P., Tillie, J. M., & Dhabhar, F.S. (2009). Surgical stress induced immune cell redistribution profiles predict short-term and long-term postsurgical recovery: A prospective study. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, 91, 2783-94. PubMed | PDF

30. Wolkowitz, O., Burke, H., Epel, E., & Reus, V. (2009). Glucocorticoids: Mood, memory and mechanisms. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences1179, 19-40. PubMed | PDF

29. Kiefer, A., Lin, J., Blackburn, E., & Epel, E. (2008). Dietary restraint and telomere length in pre- and postmenopausal women. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70, 845-849. PubMed | PDF

28. Wolkowitz, O.M.Epel, E.S., & Mellon, S. (2008). When blue turns grey: Do stress and depression accelerate cell aging? World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 9(1), 2-5. PubMedPDF

27. Bower, J.E., Low, C.A., Moskowitz, J.T., Sepah, S., & Epel, E. (2008). Benefit finding and physical health: Positive psychological changes and enhanced allostasis. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 223-244. PDF

26. Moskowitz, J., Epel, E., & Acree, M. (2008). Positive affect uniquely predicts lower risk of mortality in people with diabetes. Health Psychology, 27, S73-82. PubMed | PDF

25. Ornish, D., Lin, J., Daubenmier, J., Weidner, G., Epel, E., Kemp, C. Magbanua, M. Marlin, R., Yglecias, L., Carroll, P. & Blackburn, E. (2008). Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study. Lancet Oncology, 9, 1048-57. PubMed | PDF

24. Sultan, S., Epel, E., Sachon, C., Vaillant, G., & Hartemann-Heurtier, A. (2008). A longitudinal study of coping, anxiety, and glycemic control in adults with Type 1 Diabetes. Psychology and Health, 23, 73-89. PubMedPDF

23. Adam, T. & Epel, E. (2007). Stress, eating and the reward system. Physiology and Behavior, 91, 449-58. PubMed | PDF

22. Mendes, W., Gray, H., Mendoza-Denton, R., Major, B., & Epel, E. (2007). Why egalitarianism might be good for your health: Physiological thriving during stressful intergroup encounters. Psychological Science, 18, 991-8. PubMed | PDF

21. Novack, D., Cameron, O. Epel, E., Ader, R., Waldstein, S., Levenstein, S., Antoni, M., & Rojas-Weiner, A. (2007). Psychosomatic medicine: The scientific foundations of the Biopsychosocial Model. Academic Psychiatry, 31, 388-401. PubMed | PDF

20. Cohen, S., Schwartz, J.E., Epel, E., Kirschbaum, C., Sidney, S., & Seeman, T. (2006). Socioeconomic status, race, and diurnal cortisol decline in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Psychosomatic Medicine 68(1), 41-50. PubMed | PDF

19. Epel, E., Lin, J., Wilhelm, F., Wolkowitz, O., Cawthon, R., Adler, N., Dolbier, C., Mendes, W.B., & Blackburn, E. (2006). Cell aging in relation to stress arousal and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Psychoneuroendocrionlogy, 31, 277-287. (Curt Richter Award Paper). PubMed | PDF

18. Moskowitz, J.T., & Epel, E.S. (2006). Benefit finding and diurnal cortisol slope in maternal caregivers: A moderating role for positive emotion. Journal of Positive Psychology, 1, 83-91. PDF

17. Abercrombie, H., Sephton, S., Giese-Davis, J., Epel, E., Turner-Cobb, J., & Spiegel, D. (2004). Flattened cortisol rhythms in metastatic breast cancer patients. Psychoneuroendocrinology 29, 1082-92. PubMed | PDF

16. Epel, E., Blackburn, E., Lin, J., Dhabhar, F.S., Adler, N.E., Morrow, J.D., & Cawthon, R.M. (2004). Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101, 17312-17315. [Commentary in Sapolsky, R., (2004), PNAS, 101, 17323-4]. PubMed | PDF                                                                            Commentary in PNAS by R. Sapolsky (2004), 101, 17323-4 | NY Times Article 

15. Epel, E., Jiminez, S., Brownell, K., Stroud, L., Stoney, C., & Niaura, R. (2004). Are stress eaters at risk of the Metabolic Syndrome? Annals of New York Academy of Sciences, 1032, 208-210. PubMed | PDF

14. Rosenberger, P., Ickovics, J., Epel, E., D'Entremont, D., & Jokl, P. (2004). Physical recovery in arthroscopic knee surgery: Unique contributions of coping behaviors to clinical outcomes and stress reactivity. Psychology and Health, 19, 307-320. PDF

13. Stroud, L., Salovey, P., & Epel, E. (2002). Sex differences in stress responses: Social rejection versus achievement stress. Biological Psychiatry, 52, 318-327. PubMed | PDF 

12. Epel, E., Lapidus, R., McEwen, B., & Brownell, K. (2001). Stress may add bite to appetite in women: A laboratory study of stress-induced cortisol and eating behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 26, 37-49. PubMed | PDF 

11. Wolkowitz, O.Epel, E., & Reus, V. (2001). Stress hormone-related psychopathology: Pathophysiological and treatment implications. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 2, 115-143. PubMed | PDF

10. Salovey, P., Stroud, L. R., Woolery, A., & Epel, E. S. (2002). Perceived emotional intelligence, stress reactivity, and symptom reports: Further explorations using the Trait Meta-Mood Scale. Psychology and Health, 17, 611-627. PDF

9. Adler, N.Epel, E. Castellazzo, G., & Ickovics, J. (2000). Relationship of subjective and objective social status with psychological and physiological functioning: Preliminary data in healthy white women. Health Psychology, 19, 586-592. PubMed | PDF

8. Epel, E., McEwen, B., Seeman, T., Matthews, K., Castellazzo, G., Brownell, K., Bell, J., & Ickovics, J. (2000). Stress and body shape: Stress-induced cortisol secretion is consistently greater among women with central fat. Psychosomatic Medicine, 62, 623-632. PubMed | PDF

7. Epel, E., Adler, N., Ickovics, J., & McEwen, B. (1999). Social status, anabolic functioning, and fat distribution. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences, 896, 424-426. PDF

6. Epel, E., Bandura, A., & Zimbardo, P. (1999). Escaping homelessness: The roles of self-efficacy and time perspective. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 575-596. PDF

5. Epel, E., Moyer, A., Martin, C., Macary, S., Cummings, N., Rodin, J., & Rebuffe-Scrive, M. (1999). Stress-induced cortisol, mood, and fat distribution in men. Obesity Research, 7, 9-15. PubMed | PDF

4. Epel, E., McEwen, B., & Ickovics, J. (1998). Embodying psychological thriving: Physical thriving in response to stress. Journal of Social Issues, 54, 301-322. PDF 

3. Epel, E., Spanakos, A., Kasl-Godley, J., & Brownwell, K. (1996). Body shape ideals across gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race, and age in personal advertisements. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 19, 265-273. PubMed | PDF 

2. Banks, S., Salovey, P., Greener, S., Rothman, A., Moyer, A., Beauvais, J., & Epel, E. (1995). The effects of message framing on mammography utilization. Health Psychology, 14, 178-184. PubMed | PDF 

1. Ickovics, J. & Epel, E. (1993). Women's health research: In practice and policy. IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research, 15, 1-7. 


Books and Chapters

Parker, S.C., Nelson, B.W., Epel, E.S., & Siegal, D.J. (2015). "The Science of Presences: A Central Mediator of the Interpersonal Benefits of Mindfulness" in Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory, Research, and Practice, Ed. K.W. Brown, J.D. Cresswell, & R.M. Ryan.

Prather, A., Aschbacher, K., & Epel, E. (2013). "Obesity and immune aging" in Immunosenescence: Behavioral and Psychosocial Determinants, Eds, J. Lord, J. Bosch, A. Phillips, Springer, in press.

Epel, E., Tomiyama, J., Dallman, M. (2013). Stress and Reward-Neural Networks, Eating, and Obesity. In Food & Addiction, Eds. K Brownell & M. Gold, in press.

Kristeller, J. & Epel, E. (2013). "Mindful eating, mindless eating, and neurobiology" in Handbook of Mindfulness, Eds. Le & Langer, in press.

Tomiyama, J., & Epel, E. (2012) "Telomeres and Telomerase" in Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine, M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner, Eds. New York: Springer (invited contribution, peer reviewed).

Seeman, T., Epel, E., Gruenwald, T., Karlamangla, A., & McEwen, B. (2010), Socio-economic differentials in peripheral biology: cumulative allostatic load. In Adler & Stewart, Socioeconomic Status and Health. Annals of New York Academy of Science, 1186, 223-39.

Lin, J., Epel, E., & Blackburn, E. (2009) Telomeres, Telomerase, Stress, and Aging. In G. Bernstein & J. Caccioppo (Eds.), Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences (1280-1295).Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Bower, J., Epel, E., & Moskowitz, J. (2008). Biological correlates: How psychological components of benefit finding may lead to physiological benefits. In C.L. Park, S. Lechner, A. Stanton, & M. Antoni (Eds.), Medical illness and positive life change: Can crisis lead to personal transformation? (155-172).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Epel, E., Burke, H., & Wolkowitz, O. (2007). The psychoneuroendocrinology of aging: Biopsychosocial perspectives. In C.M. Aldwin, C.L. Park, & A. Spiro III (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology of Aging and Health, (110-141). New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Wolkowitz, O. M., Epel, E. S., & Reus, V. I. (2001). Antiglucocorticoid strategies in treating major depression and improving health outcome. In: J. Thakore (Ed.), The Physical Consequences of Depression (181-213). Petersfield (UK): Wrightson Biomedical Publishing, Ltd.


Other Publications

Epel, E. (2010). Treating obesity: Don't ignore stress! San Francisco Medicine, 83(10), 17-20. (circulation to 3,000 physicians in San Francisco).

Epel, E. (2010). Wrote the Foreward to Stress Less by Thea Singer, a book for the public which features research on work on cell aging and psychosocial factors.

Books and Chapters

Mason, A.E., & Epel, E.S. Stress and obesity (2017). Eating disorders and obesity: A comprehensive handbook, 3rd Edition. (pp. 421-426). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Parker, S.C., Nelson, B.W., Epel, E.S., & Siegal, D.J. (2015). "The Science of Presences: A Central Mediator of the Interpersonal Benefits of Mindfulness" in Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory, Research, and Practice, Ed. K.W. Brown, J.D. Cresswell, & R.M. Ryan.

Prather, A., Aschbacher, K., & Epel, E. (2013). "Obesity and immune aging" in Immunosenescence: Behavioral and Psychosocial Determinants, Eds, J. Lord, J. Bosch, A. Phillips, Springer, in press.

Epel, E., Tomiyama, J., Dallman, M. (2013). Stress and Reward-Neural Networks, Eating, and Obesity. In Food & Addiction, Eds. K Brownell & M. Gold, in press.

Kristeller, J. & Epel, E. (2013). "Mindful eating, mindless eating, and neurobiology" in Handbook of Mindfulness, Eds. Le & Langer, in press.

Tomiyama, J., & Epel, E. (2012) "Telomeres and Telomerase" in Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine, M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner, Eds. New York: Springer (invited contribution, peer reviewed).

Seeman, T., Epel, E., Gruenwald, T., Karlamangla, A., & McEwen, B. (2010), Socio-economic differentials in peripheral biology: cumulative allostatic load. In Adler & Stewart, Socioeconomic Status and Health. Annals of New York Academy of Science,1186, 223-39.

Lin, J., Epel, E., & Blackburn, E. (2009) Telomeres, Telomerase, Stress, and Aging. In G. Bernstein & J. Caccioppo (Eds.), Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences (1280-1295).Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Bower, J., Epel, E., & Moskowitz, J. (2008). Biological correlates: How psychological components of benefit finding may lead to physiological benefits. In C.L. Park, S. Lechner, A. Stanton, & M. Antoni (Eds.), Medical illness and positive life change: Can crisis lead to personal transformation? (155-172).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Epel, E., Burke, H., & Wolkowitz, O. (2007). The psychoneuroendocrinology of aging: Biopsychosocial perspectives. In C.M. Aldwin, C.L. Park, & A. Spiro III (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology of Aging and Health, (110-141). New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Wolkowitz, O. M., Epel, E. S., & Reus, V. I. (2001). Antiglucocorticoid strategies in treating major depression and improving health outcome. In: J. Thakore (Ed.), The Physical Consequences of Depression (181-213). Petersfield (UK): Wrightson Biomedical Publishing, Ltd.

 

Retreats Featuring Dr. Elissa Epel

 
 
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Retreat in a Blue Zone: Elissa Epel and Rosh Joan Halifax at Blue Spirit

Your Vibrant Healthspan
Stress Resiliency, Cell Renewal & the Telomere Effect
Elissa Epel, PhD

JANUARY 6-13, 2018 at Blue Spirit, Costa Rica

Learn the fascinating science behind how our cells age, and how simple, small choices and mindful attention during our day can promote psychological resilience and slow cell aging (telomeres). 

 
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Using the Telomere Effect for a Vibrant Healthspan

1440 Multiversity
Elissa Epel, PhD | Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD

February 2 - 4, 2018  
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

Delve into the latest research with Dr. Elissa Epel, health psychology researcher, and Dr. Eve Ekman, emotion and burnout researcher and teacher of meditation and Cultivating Emotional Balance.

 
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Caring for the Caregiving

1440 Multiversity
Elissa Epel, PhD | Dan Siegel, MD

April 20 - 22, 2018  
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

Details on this retreat to come soon!