Selected Media Archive

Lectures and Discussions

Lecture by Elissa Epel on “Family Caregiving as Fate but Also Opportunity: Views from Mind and Body.” This was part of the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School series on “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: A Woman's Guide To Wellness In Today's Challenging World.” There is a also 10 minute introduction to the women’s health series by Dr. Margaret Chesney, Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Calvin Harley & Elissa Epel at TEDMED 2011 - Cell Aging, Mindset, & Longevity.

Emotions, Stress, and Rate of Telomere Shortening: Are Our Cells Listening to Us? Lecture by Elissa Epel to the UCSF Mini Medical School, 2012 -Introduced by Wendy Berry Mendes, the Sarlo/Ekman Associate Professor of Emotion in UCSF's Department of Psychiatry.

What are Telomeres and Why Should I Care? Janet Wojcicki and Elissa Epel, two leading professors at the University of California, San Francisco, sit down with Jason Wachob to explore the fascinating research into telomeres, the protective cap at the end of our chromosomes. In this video, they explain how they can impact aging and inflammation in your body, and what you need to know about their relationship to stress.

Love & Wisdom in a Time of Stress, 2017 Jon Kabat Zinn and Elissa Epel talk to a group in Dallas, Texas about science, contemplative wisdom, and applications. Sponsored by Lynn Lectures & Momentus Institute. 



The Science of Stress. 2012. A documentary by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research focusing on 3 of our UCSF studies - SAGE, MAMAS, and SEED.

The Skinny on Obesity. 2012. A UCTV Prime/YouTube series of special mini-episodes on the causes and consequences of the obesity epidemic. Hear about the UCSF mindful eating/stress reduction intervention (7 mins), here. The first few series including Rob Lustig's explanation of how sugar affects metabolism.

The Weight of the Nation. 2012. An HBO/IOM/CDC sponsored 5-part Documentary addressing the obesity epidemic featuring many researchers, including Yale's Rudd Center (Kelly Brownell, Marlene Schwartz, Rebecca Puhl) and the UCSF study on mindful eating (Episode 2). Premiered May 14th and 15th, 2012. You can now watch it online, here.

Immortal? 2011. A documentary on aging by Sonya Pemberton.

Stress: Portrait of a Killer. 2008. A National Geographic Documentary featuring Robert Sapolsky, also features stress/cell aging findings.

Exploring Time. 2007. A Science Channel Documentary exploring scales of time, from billions of years to billionths of a second. Dr. Blackburn and Epel speak on the scale of hours to years, discussing telomeres and cell aging.

Radio & PodCasts

Elissa Epel and other experts speak on Food Addiction at the Commonwealth Club of California. February 28, 2012.

Stress: The New Biological Clock -- How we can turn it back. March 3, 2011. Elissa Epel, Calvin Harley, Jue Lin, and Thea Singer discuss the impact of stress on cellular aging, particularly telomeres.

Stress, Eating, and Body Weight. October 21, 2009. Elissa Epel speaks with Kelly Brownell at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity about how stress impacts how we eat and our body shape. Stress can lead to eating more or less, depending on the individual, but in either case it is likely to lead to a build up of cortisol and belly fat.

News Articles

New View of Depression: An Ailment of the Entire Body, a Wall Street Journal article discusses the connection between stress and depression and cellular aging, highlighting the work of Owen Wolkowitz and other UCSF researchers.

Study is First to Confirm that Stress Speeds Aging, November 30, 2004 by Rob Stein in the Washington Post.

Stacy Lu of TEDMED interviews Elissa Epel on various aspects of stress and public health