Elissa Epel, PhD

Professor
Psychiatry
+1 415 476-7648

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco. Her research aims to elucidate mechanisms of healthy aging, and to apply this basic science to scalable interventions that can reach vulnerable populations. She is the Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center, and the Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study, & Treatment, (COAST), and Associate Director of the Center for Health and Community. She studies psychological, social, and behavioral pathways underlying chronic psychological stress and stress resilience that impact cellular aging. She also studies the interconnections between stress, addiction, eating, and metabolic health. With her collaborators, she is conducting clinical trials to examine the effect of self regulation and mindfulness training programs on cellular aging, weight, diet, and glucose control. She co-leads studies funded by NIH (NIA, NIMH, NCCIH, NICHD, and NHLBI) including a Stress Network, and a UCOP multicampus center on obesity. She is involved in NIH initiatives on role of stress in aging, and on reversibility of early life adversity, and Science of Behavior Change. She is the President Elect of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and on the Steering Council for Mind & Life Institute.

Epel studied psychology and psychobiology at Stanford University (BA), and clinical and health psychology at Yale University (PhD). She completed a clinical internship at the Palo Alto Veterans Healthcare System. Epel has received several awards including the APA Early Career Award, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Neal Miller Young Investigator Award, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She was named Innovator of the Year by McLaughlin group and received the 2017 Silver Innovator Award from the Alliance for Aging Research.

Her research has been featured in venues such as TEDMED, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, 60 minutes, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wisdom 2.0, Health 2.0, and in many science documentaries. She co-authored "The Telomere Effect" (2017) with Elizabeth Blackburn, a NYT bestseller under the category of Science.

Publications: 

Justice for all? Beliefs about justice for self and others and telomere length in African Americans.

Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology

Lucas T, Woerner J, Pierce J, Granger DA, Lin J, Epel ES, Assari S, Lumley MA

In vitro proinflammatory gene expression predicts in vivo telomere shortening: A preliminary study.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Lin J, Sun J, Wang S, Milush JM, Baker CAR, Coccia M, Effros RB, Puterman E, Blackburn E, Prather AA, Epel E

Associations between chronic caregiving stress and T cell markers implicated in immunosenescence.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Prather AA, Epel ES, Portela Parra E, Coccia M, Puterman E, Aiello AE, Dhabhar FS

Weight loss, weight-loss maintenance, and cellular aging in the Supporting Health through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) Study.

Psychosomatic medicine

Mason AE, Hecht FM, Daubenmier JJ, Sbarra DA, Lin J, Moran PJ, Schleicher SG, Acree M, Prather AA, Epel ES

The mindful moms training: development of a mindfulness-based intervention to reduce stress and overeating during pregnancy.

BMC pregnancy and childbirth

Vieten C, Laraia BA, Kristeller J, Adler N, Coleman-Phox K, Bush NR, Wahbeh H, Duncan LG, Epel E

A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in HIV Infection.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Hecht FM, Moskowitz JT, Moran P, Epel ES, Bacchetti P, Acree M, Kemeny ME, Mendes WB, Duncan LG, Weng H, Levy JA, Deeks SG, Folkman S

Cross-border ties, nativity, and inflammatory markers in a population-based prospective study of Latino adults.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Torres JM, Epel ES, To TM, Lee A, Aiello AE, Haan MN

Chronic Obesity and Incident Hypertension in Latina Women Are Associated with Accelerated Telomere Length Loss over a 1-Year Period.

Metabolic syndrome and related disorders

Wojcicki JM, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E

Telomere attrition is associated with declines in medial temporal lobe volume and white matter microstructure in functionally independent older adults.

Neurobiology of aging

Staffaroni AM, Tosun D, Lin J, Elahi FM, Casaletto KB, Wynn MJ, Patel N, Neuhaus J, Walters SM, Epel ES, Blackburn EH, Kramer JH

Cord blood klotho levels are inversely associated with leptin in healthy Latino neonates at risk for obesity.

Journal of pediatric endocrinology & metabolism : JPEM

Wojcicki JM, Prather AA, Epel E, Wang D, Dubal DB

Accumulating Data to Optimally Predict Obesity Treatment (ADOPT) Core Measures: Psychosocial Domain.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Sutin AR, Boutelle K, Czajkowski SM, Epel ES, Green PA, Hunter CM, Rice EL, Williams DM, Young-Hyman D, Rothman AJ

Chronic Stress and Impulsive Risk-Taking Predict Increases in Visceral Fat over 18 Months.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Mason AE, Schleicher S, Coccia M, Epel ES, Aschbacher K

More than a feeling: A unified view of stress measurement for population science.

Frontiers in neuroendocrinology

Epel ES, Crosswell AD, Mayer SE, Prather AA, Slavich GM, Puterman E, Mendes WB

Association between persistent endocrine-disrupting chemicals (PBDEs, OH-PBDEs, PCBs, and PFASs) and biomarkers of inflammation and cellular aging during pregnancy and postpartum.

Environment international

Zota AR, Geller RJ, Romano LE, Coleman-Phox K, Adler NE, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Elmi AF, Laraia BA, Epel ES

Insight meditation and telomere biology: The effects of intensive retreat and the moderating role of personality.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Conklin QA, King BG, Zanesco AP, Lin J, Hamidi AB, Pokorny JJ, Álvarez-López MJ, Cosín-Tomás M, Huang C, Kaliman P, Epel ES, Saron CD

Effect of prenatal mindfulness training on depressive symptom severity through 18-months postpartum: A latent profile analysis.

Journal of clinical psychology

Felder JN, Roubinov D, Bush NR, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Laraia B, Adler NE, Epel E

A Mitochondrial Health Index Sensitive to Mood and Caregiving Stress.

Biological psychiatry

Picard M, Prather AA, Puterman E, Cuillerier A, Coccia M, Aschbacher K, Burelle Y, Epel ES

Circulating cell-free mitochondrial DNA, but not leukocyte mitochondrial DNA copy number, is elevated in major depressive disorder.

Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Lindqvist D, Wolkowitz OM, Picard M, Ohlsson L, Bersani FS, Fernström J, Westrin Å, Hough CM, Lin J, Reus VI, Epel ES, Mellon SH

An energetic view of stress: Focus on mitochondria.

Frontiers in neuroendocrinology

Picard M, McEwen BS, Epel ES, Sandi C

Acceptance or Despair? Maternal Adjustment to Having a Child Diagnosed with Autism.

Journal of autism and developmental disorders

Da Paz NS, Siegel B, Coccia MA, Epel ES

Maternal depressive symptoms and infant healthcare utilization: The moderating role of prenatal mindfulness.

General hospital psychiatry

Roubinov DS, Felder JN, Vieten C, Coleman-Phox K, Laraia B, Adler N, Wilson L, Epel E, Bush NR

Associations Between Cellular Aging Markers and Metabolic Syndrome: Findings From the CARDIA Study.

The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism

Révész D, Verhoeven JE, Picard M, Lin J, Sidney S, Epel ES, Penninx BWJH, Puterman E

Effects of pre- and postnatal maternal stress on infant temperament and autonomic nervous system reactivity and regulation in a diverse, low-income population-CORRIGENDUM.

Development and psychopathology

Bush NR, Jones-Mason K, Coccia M, Caron Z, Alkon A, Thomas M, Coleman-Phox K, Wadhwa PD, Laraia BA, Adler NE, Epel ES

Effects of pre- and postnatal maternal stress on infant temperament and autonomic nervous system reactivity and regulation in a diverse, low-income population.

Development and psychopathology

Bush NR, Jones-Mason K, Coccia M, Caron Z, Alkon A, Thomas M, Coleman-Phox K, Wadhwa PD, Laraia BA, Adler NE, Epel ES

Burnout and Stress Among US Surgery Residents: Psychological Distress and Resilience.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Lebares CC, Guvva EV, Ascher NL, O'Sullivan PS, Harris HW, Epel ES

A Randomized Pilot Study of a Phone-Based Mindfulness and Weight Loss Program.

Behavioral medicine (Washington, D.C.)

Carpenter KM, Vickerman KA, Salmon EE, Javitz HS, Epel ES, Lovejoy JC

Childhood adversity, social support, and telomere length among perinatal women.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Mitchell AM, Kowalsky JM, Epel ES, Lin J, Christian LM

Telomere length and procedural justice predict stress reactivity responses to unfair outcomes in African Americans.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Lucas T, Pierce J, Lumley MA, Granger DA, Lin J, Epel ES

Socioeconomic Status, Financial Strain, and Leukocyte Telomere Length in a Sample of African American Midlife Men.

Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities

Schrock JM, Adler NE, Epel ES, Nuru-Jeter AM, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Taylor RJ, Chae DH

Telomere length is inversely correlated with urinary stress hormone levels in healthy controls but not in un-medicated depressed individuals-preliminary findings.

Journal of psychosomatic research

Fair B, Mellon SH, Epel ES, Lin J, Révész D, Verhoeven JE, Penninx BW, Reus VI, Rosser R, Hough CM, Mahan L, Burke HM, Blackburn EH, Wolkowitz OM

Improving Assessment of the Spectrum of Reward-Related Eating: The RED-13.

Frontiers in psychology

Mason AE, Vainik U, Acree M, Tomiyama AJ, Dagher A, Epel ES, Hecht FM

The Relationship Between Childhood Psychosocial Stressor Level and Telomere Length: A Meta-Analysis.

Health psychology research

Hanssen LM, Schutte NS, Malouff JM, Epel ES

Severity of anxiety- but not depression- is associated with oxidative stress in Major Depressive Disorder.

Journal of affective disorders

Steenkamp LR, Hough CM, Reus VI, Jain FA, Epel ES, James SJ, Morford AE, Mellon SH, Wolkowitz OM, Lindqvist D

Trait acceptance predicts fewer daily negative emotions through less stressor-related rumination.

Emotion (Washington, D.C.)

Catalino LI, Arenander J, Epel E, Puterman E

Effects of daily maladaptive coping on nightly sleep in mothers.

Psychology & health

Felder JN, Epel ES, Coccia M, Puterman E, Prather AA

Long-term calorie restriction in humans is not associated with indices of delayed immunologic aging: A descriptive study.

Nutrition and healthy aging

Tomiyama AJ, Milush JM, Lin J, Flynn JM, Kapahi P, Verdin E, Sinclair E, Melov S, Epel ES

Sexual intimacy in couples is associated with longer telomere length.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Cabeza de Baca T, Epel ES, Robles TF, Coccia M, Gilbert A, Puterman E, Prather AA

Depressive symptoms and gestational length among pregnant adolescents: Cluster randomized control trial of CenteringPregnancy® plus group prenatal care.

Journal of consulting and clinical psychology

Felder JN, Epel E, Lewis JB, Cunningham SD, Tobin JN, Rising SS, Thomas M, Ickovics JR

Poor Sleep Quality, Psychological Distress, and the Buffering Effect of Mindfulness Training During Pregnancy.

Behavioral sleep medicine

Felder JN, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Bush N, Suresh M, Thomas M, Adler N, Epel E, Prather AA

Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Weight-Loss Intervention on Sleep Quality Among Adults with Obesity: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial.

Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Adler E, Dhruva A, Moran PJ, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Epel ES, Bacchetti P, Prather AA, Mason A, Hecht FM

Higher serum DHEA concentrations before and after SSRI treatment are associated with remission of major depression.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Hough CM, Lindqvist D, Epel ES, Denis MS, Reus VI, Bersani FS, Rosser R, Mahan L, Burke HM, Wolkowitz OM, Mellon SH

Disease drivers of aging.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Hodes RJ, Sierra F, Austad SN, Epel E, Neigh GN, Erlandson KM, Schafer MJ, LeBrasseur NK, Wiley C, Campisi J, Sehl ME, Scalia R, Eguchi S, Kasinath BS, Halter JB, Cohen HJ, Demark-Wahnefried W, Ahles TA, Barzilai N, Hurria A, Hunt PW

Oxidative stress, inflammation and treatment response in major depression.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Lindqvist D, Dhabhar FS, James SJ, Hough CM, Jain FA, Bersani FS, Reus VI, Verhoeven JE, Epel ES, Mahan L, Rosser R, Wolkowitz OM, Mellon SH

Leukocyte Telomere Length in Relation to 17 Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Cross-Sectional Study of US Adults.

PLoS medicine

Rehkopf DH, Needham BL, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Zota AR, Wojcicki JM, Epel ES

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

Puterman E, Gemmill A, Karasek D, Weir D, Adler NE, Prather AA, Epel ES

Chronic stress is associated with reduced circulating hematopoietic progenitor cell number: A maternal caregiving model.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Aschbacher K, Milush JM, Gilbert A, Almeida C, Sinclair E, Epling L, Grenon SM, Marco EJ, Puterman E, Epel E

The P4 Health Spectrum - A Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory Continuum for Promoting Healthspan.

Progress in cardiovascular diseases

Sagner M, McNeil A, Puska P, Auffray C, Price ND, Hood L, Lavie CJ, Han ZG, Chen Z, Brahmachari SK, McEwen BS, Soares MB, Balling R, Epel E, Arena R

Early exclusive breastfeeding is associated with longer telomeres in Latino preschool children.

The American journal of clinical nutrition

Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E

Cortisol/DHEA ratio and hippocampal volume: A pilot study in major depression and healthy controls.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Jin RO, Mason S, Mellon SH, Epel ES, Reus VI, Mahan L, Rosser RL, Hough CM, Burke HM, Mueller SG, Wolkowitz OM

Leukocyte telomere length predicts SSRI response in major depressive disorder: A preliminary report.

Molecular neuropsychiatry

Hough CM, Bersani FS, Mellon SH, Epel ES, Reus VI, Lindqvist D, Lin J, Mahan L, Rosser R, Burke H, Coetzee J, Nelson JC, Blackburn EH, Wolkowitz OM

Toward a mechanistic understanding of psychosocial factors in telomere degradation.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Mathur MB, Epel E, Kind S, Desai M, Parks CG, Sandler DP, Khazeni N

Telomere length change plateaus at 4 years of age in Latino children: associations with baseline length and maternal change.

Molecular genetics and genomics : MGG

Wojcicki JM, Shiboski S, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E

Effects of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention in adults with obesity: A randomized clinical trial.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Daubenmier J, Moran PJ, Kristeller J, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Kemeny ME, Dallman M, Lustig RH, Grunfeld C, Nixon DF, Milush JM, Goldman V, Laraia B, Laugero KD, Woodhouse L, Epel ES, Hecht FM

Systematic and Cell Type-Specific Telomere Length Changes in Subsets of Lymphocytes.

Journal of immunology research

Lin J, Cheon J, Brown R, Coccia M, Puterman E, Aschbacher K, Sinclair E, Epel E, Blackburn EH

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

Mason AE, Epel ES, Aschbacher K, Lustig RH, Acree M, Kristeller J, Cohn M, Dallman M, Moran PJ, Bacchetti P, Laraia B, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J

Perceived stress and telomere length: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and methodologic considerations for advancing the field.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Mathur MB, Epel E, Kind S, Desai M, Parks CG, Sandler DP, Khazeni N

Factors related to telomere length.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Prather AA, Hecht FM, Epel ES

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

Mason AE, Epel ES, Kristeller J, Moran PJ, Dallman M, Lustig RH, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Laraia BA, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J

Association of dimensional psychological health measures with telomere length in male war veterans.

Journal of affective disorders

Bersani FS, Lindqvist D, Mellon SH, Epel ES, Yehuda R, Flory J, Henn-Hasse C, Bierer LM, Makotkine I, Abu-Amara D, Coy M, Reus VI, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Marmar C, Wolkowitz OM

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

Bersani FS, Wolkowitz OM, Lindqvist D, Yehuda R, Flory J, Bierer LM, Makotine I, Abu-Amara D, Coy M, Reus VI, Epel ES, Marmar C, Mellon SH

Discrimination, mental health, and leukocyte telomere length among African American men.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Chae DH, Epel ES, Nuru-Jeter AM, Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Thomas SB

Exercise mitigates cumulative associations between stress and BMI in girls age 10 to 19.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Puterman E, Prather AA, Epel ES, Loharuka S, Adler NE, Laraia B, Tomiyama AJ

Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation and cortisol activity in obesity: A systematic review.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Incollingo Rodriguez AC, Epel ES, White ML, Standen EC, Seckl JR, Tomiyama AJ

The impact of group prenatal care on pregnancy and postpartum weight trajectories.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Magriples U, Boynton MH, Kershaw TS, Lewis J, Rising SS, Tobin JN, Epel E, Ickovics JR

Putting the brakes on the "drive to eat": Pilot effects of naltrexone and reward-based eating on food cravings among obese women.

Eating behaviors

Mason AE, Laraia B, Daubenmier J, Hecht FM, Lustig RH, Puterman E, Adler N, Dallman M, Kiernan M, Gearhardt AN, Epel ES

Leukocyte telomere length and mortality in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002.

Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)

Needham BL, Rehkopf D, Adler N, Gregorich S, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Epel ES

Mitochondrial DNA copy number is reduced in male combat veterans with PTSD.

Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry

Bersani FS, Morley C, Lindqvist D, Epel ES, Picard M, Yehuda R, Flory J, Bierer LM, Makotkine I, Abu-Amara D, Coy M, Reus VI, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Marmar C, Wolkowitz OM, Mellon SH

Maternal Folate Concentration in Early Pregnancy and Newborn Telomere Length.

Annals of nutrition & metabolism

Entringer S, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Buss C, Shahbaba B, Gillen DL, Venkataramanan R, Simhan HN, Wadhwa PD

Psychiatric disorders and leukocyte telomere length: Underlying mechanisms linking mental illness with cellular aging.

Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews

Lindqvist D, Epel ES, Mellon SH, Penninx BW, Révész D, Verhoeven JE, Reus VI, Lin J, Mahan L, Hough CM, Rosser R, Bersani FS, Blackburn EH, Wolkowitz OM

Race-Ethnicity, Poverty, Urban Stressors, and Telomere Length in a Detroit Community-based Sample.

Journal of health and social behavior

Geronimus AT, Pearson JA, Linnenbringer E, Schulz AJ, Reyes AG, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH

Acute responses to opioidergic blockade as a biomarker of hedonic eating among obese women enrolled in a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention trial.

Appetite

Mason AE, Lustig RH, Brown RR, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Moran PJ, Dallman M, Laraia B, Adler N, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J, Epel ES

Excessive Sugar Consumption May Be a Difficult Habit to Break: A View From the Brain and Body.

The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism

Tryon MS, Stanhope KL, Epel ES, Mason AE, Brown R, Medici V, Havel PJ, Laugero KD

Anxiety disorders and accelerated cellular ageing.

The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science

Verhoeven JE, Révész D, van Oppen P, Epel ES, Wolkowitz OM, Penninx BW

From ideas to efficacy: The ORBIT model for developing behavioral treatments for chronic diseases.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Czajkowski SM, Powell LH, Adler N, Naar-King S, Reynolds KD, Hunter CM, Laraia B, Olster DH, Perna FM, Peterson JC, Epel E, Boyington JE, Charlson ME

PBMC telomerase activity, but not leukocyte telomere length, correlates with hippocampal volume in major depression.

Psychiatry research

Wolkowitz OM, Mellon SH, Lindqvist D, Epel ES, Blackburn EH, Lin J, Reus VI, Burke H, Rosser R, Mahan L, Mackin S, Yang T, Weiner M, Mueller S

Maternal estriol concentrations in early gestation predict infant telomere length.

The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism

Entringer S, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Buss C, Simhan HN, Wadhwa PD

Tired telomeres: Poor global sleep quality, perceived stress, and telomere length in immune cell subsets in obese men and women.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Prather AA, Gurfein B, Moran P, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Sinclair E, Lin J, Blackburn E, Hecht FM, Epel ES

Associations of cadmium and lead exposure with leukocyte telomere length: findings from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002.

American journal of epidemiology

Zota AR, Needham BL, Blackburn EH, Lin J, Park SK, Rehkopf DH, Epel ES

Anger is associated with increased IL-6 stress reactivity in women, but only among those low in social support.

International journal of behavioral medicine

Puterman E, Epel ES, O'Donovan A, Prather AA, Aschbacher K, Dhabhar FS

Geroscience: linking aging to chronic disease.

Cell

Kennedy BK, Berger SL, Brunet A, Campisi J, Cuervo AM, Epel ES, Franceschi C, Lithgow GJ, Morimoto RI, Pessin JE, Rando TA, Richardson A, Schadt EE, Wyss-Coray T, Sierra F

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-leptin axis and metabolic health: a systems approach to resilience, robustness and control.

Interface focus

Aschbacher K, Rodriguez-Fernandez M, van Wietmarschen H, Tomiyama AJ, Jain S, Epel E, Doyle FJ, van der Greef J

Peripheral antioxidant markers are associated with total hippocampal and CA3/dentate gyrus volume in MDD and healthy controls-preliminary findings.

Psychiatry research

Lindqvist D, Mueller S, Mellon SH, Su Y, Epel ES, Reus VI, Rosser R, Mahan L, Mackin RS, Yang TT, Wolkowitz OM

Adverse childhood experiences and leukocyte telomere maintenance in depressed and healthy adults.

Journal of affective disorders

Chen SH, Epel ES, Mellon SH, Lin J, Reus VI, Rosser R, Kupferman E, Burke H, Mahan L, Blackburn EH, Wolkowitz OM

Associations of weight stigma with cortisol and oxidative stress independent of adiposity.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Tomiyama AJ, Epel ES, McClatchey TM, Poelke G, Kemeny ME, McCoy SK, Daubenmier J

Food insecurity is inversely associated with diet quality of lower-income adults.

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Leung CW, Epel ES, Ritchie LD, Crawford PB, Laraia BA

The reward-based eating drive scale: a self-report index of reward-based eating.

PloS one

Epel ES, Tomiyama AJ, Mason AE, Laraia BA, Hartman W, Ready K, Acree M, Adam TC, St Jeor S, Kessler D

Stress biology and aging mechanisms: toward understanding the deep connection between adaptation to stress and longevity.

The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences

Epel ES, Lithgow GJ

Potential for a stress reduction intervention to promote healthy gestational weight gain: focus groups with low-income pregnant women.

Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Thomas M, Vieten C, Adler N, Ammondson I, Coleman-Phox K, Epel E, Laraia B

Chronic stress increases vulnerability to diet-related abdominal fat, oxidative stress, and metabolic risk.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Aschbacher K, Kornfeld S, Picard M, Puterman E, Havel PJ, Stanhope K, Lustig RH, Epel E

Seasonal variation of peripheral blood leukocyte telomere length in Costa Rica: A population-based observational study.

American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council

Rehkopf DH, Dow WH, Rosero-Bixby L, Lin J, Epel ES, Blackburn EH

Discrimination, racial bias, and telomere length in African-American men.

American journal of preventive medicine

Chae DH, Nuru-Jeter AM, Adler NE, Brody GH, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Epel ES

Speaking under pressure: low linguistic complexity is linked to high physiological and emotional stress reactivity.

Psychophysiology

Saslow LR, McCoy S, van der Löwe I, Cosley B, Vartan A, Oveis C, Keltner D, Moskowitz JT, Epel ES

A new biomarker of hedonic eating? A preliminary investigation of cortisol and nausea responses to acute opioid blockade.

Appetite

Daubenmier J, Lustig RH, Hecht FM, Kristeller J, Woolley J, Adam T, Dallman M, Epel E

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.

The Lancet. Oncology

Ornish D, Lin J, Chan JM, Epel E, Kemp C, Weidner G, Marlin R, Frenda SJ, Magbanua MJM, Daubenmier J, Estay I, Hills NK, Chainani-Wu N, Carroll PR, Blackburn EH

Longer leukocyte telomere length in Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula: a population-based study.

Experimental gerontology

Rehkopf DH, Dow WH, Rosero-Bixby L, Lin J, Epel ES, Blackburn EH

Cortisol patterns are associated with T cell activation in HIV.

PloS one

Patterson S, Moran P, Epel E, Sinclair E, Kemeny ME, Deeks SG, Bacchetti P, Acree M, Epling L, Kirschbaum C, Hecht FM

Posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with emotional eating.

Journal of traumatic stress

Talbot LS, Maguen S, Epel ES, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC

Childhood socioeconomic status, telomere length, and susceptibility to upper respiratory infection.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Cohen S, Janicki-Deverts D, Turner RB, Marsland AL, Casselbrant ML, Li-Korotky HS, Epel ES, Doyle WJ

Multisystem resiliency moderates the major depression-telomere length association: findings from the Heart and Soul Study.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Puterman E, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Gross JJ, Whooley MA, Cohen BE

Stress and telomere biology: a lifespan perspective.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Shalev I, Entringer S, Wadhwa PD, Wolkowitz OM, Puterman E, Lin J, Epel ES

Self-reported mindfulness and cortisol during a Shamatha meditation retreat.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Jacobs TL, Shaver PR, Epel ES, Zanesco AP, Aichele SR, Bridwell DA, Rosenberg EL, King BG, Maclean KA, Sahdra BK, Kemeny ME, Ferrer E, Wallace BA, Saron CD

Good stress, bad stress and oxidative stress: insights from anticipatory cortisol reactivity.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Aschbacher K, O'Donovan A, Wolkowitz OM, Dhabhar FS, Su Y, Epel E

Socioeconomic status, health behavior, and leukocyte telomere length in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Needham BL, Adler N, Gregorich S, Rehkopf D, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Epel ES

Association between telomere length and experimentally induced upper respiratory viral infection in healthy adults.

JAMA

Cohen S, Janicki-Deverts D, Turner RB, Casselbrant ML, Li-Korotky HS, Epel ES, Doyle WJ

Accelerated cell aging in female APOE-e4 carriers: implications for hormone therapy use.

PloS one

Jacobs EG, Kroenke C, Lin J, Epel ES, Kenna HA, Blackburn EH, Rasgon NL

Chronic psychological stress and racial disparities in body mass index change between Black and White girls aged 10-19.

Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Tomiyama AJ, Puterman E, Epel ES, Rehkopf DH, Laraia BA

Relation between leukocyte telomere length and incident coronary heart disease events (from the 1995 Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey).

The American journal of cardiology

Ye S, Shaffer JA, Kang MS, Harlapur M, Muntner P, Epel E, Guernsey D, Schwartz JE, Davidson KW, Kirkland S, Honig LS, Shimbo D

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

Szanton SL, Rifkind JM, Mohanty JG, Miller ER, Thorpe RJ, Nagababu E, Epel ES, Zonderman AB, Evans MK

Maternal psychosocial stress during pregnancy is associated with newborn leukocyte telomere length.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Entringer S, Epel ES, Lin J, Buss C, Shahbaba B, Blackburn EH, Simhan HN, Wadhwa PD

Exaggerated neurobiological sensitivity to threat as a mechanism linking anxiety with increased risk for diseases of aging.

Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews

O'Donovan A, Slavich GM, Epel ES, Neylan TC

Association between kidney function and telomere length: the heart and soul study.

American journal of nephrology

Bansal N, Whooley MA, Regan M, McCulloch CE, Ix JH, Epel E, Blackburn E, Lin J, Hsu CY

Depressive symptoms are not associated with leukocyte telomere length: findings from the Nova Scotia Health Survey (NSHS95), a population-based study.

PloS one

Shaffer JA, Epel E, Kang MS, Ye S, Schwartz JE, Davidson KW, Kirkland S, Honig LS, Shimbo D

Telomeres and adversity: Too toxic to ignore.

Nature

Blackburn EH, Epel ES

Chronic stress elevates telomerase activity in rats.

Biology letters

Beery AK, Lin J, Biddle JS, Francis DD, Blackburn EH, Epel ES

How "reversible" is telomeric aging?

Cancer prevention research (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Epel E

Pain is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in women with fibromyalgia.

The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society

Hassett AL, Epel E, Clauw DJ, Harris RE, Harte SE, Kairys A, Buyske S, Williams DA

Omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, and leukocyte telomere length: A randomized controlled trial.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Epel ES, Belury MA, Andridge R, Lin J, Glaser R, Malarkey WB, Hwang BS, Blackburn E

Educational attainment and late life telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Adler N, Pantell MS, O'Donovan A, Blackburn E, Cawthon R, Koster A, Opresko P, Newman A, Harris TB, Epel E

Social hierarchy and depression: the role of emotion suppression.

The Journal of psychology

Langner CA, Epel ES, Matthews KA, Moskowitz JT, Adler NE

Leptin concentrations in response to acute stress predict subsequent intake of comfort foods.

Physiology & behavior

Tomiyama AJ, Schamarek I, Lustig RH, Kirschbaum C, Puterman E, Havel PJ, Epel ES

Socioeconomic status and cell aging in children.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Needham BL, Fernandez JR, Lin J, Epel ES, Blackburn EH

Stress appraisals and cellular aging: a key role for anticipatory threat in the relationship between psychological stress and telomere length.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

O'Donovan A, Tomiyama AJ, Lin J, Puterman E, Adler NE, Kemeny M, Wolkowitz OM, Blackburn EH, Epel ES

Changes in stress, eating, and metabolic factors are related to changes in telomerase activity in a randomized mindfulness intervention pilot study.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Daubenmier J, Lin J, Blackburn E, Hecht FM, Kristeller J, Maninger N, Kuwata M, Bacchetti P, Havel PJ, Epel E

What is eating you? Stress and the drive to eat.

Appetite

Groesz LM, McCoy S, Carl J, Saslow L, Stewart J, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E

Does cellular aging relate to patterns of allostasis? An examination of basal and stress reactive HPA axis activity and telomere length.

Physiology & behavior

Tomiyama AJ, O'Donovan A, Lin J, Puterman E, Lazaro A, Chan J, Dhabhar FS, Wolkowitz O, Kirschbaum C, Blackburn E, Epel E

Physical fitness and telomere length in patients with coronary heart disease: findings from the Heart and Soul Study.

PloS one

Krauss J, Farzaneh-Far R, Puterman E, Na B, Lin J, Epel E, Blackburn E, Whooley MA

Telomerase, telomere length, and coronary artery calcium in black and white men in the CARDIA study.

Atherosclerosis

Kroenke CH, Pletcher MJ, Lin J, Blackburn E, Adler N, Matthews K, Epel E

Shorter leukocyte telomere length in midlife women with poor sleep quality.

Journal of aging research

Prather AA, Puterman E, Lin J, O'Donovan A, Krauss J, Tomiyama AJ, Epel ES, Blackburn EH

Higher fasting glucose levels are associated with reduced circulating angiogenic cell migratory capacity among healthy individuals.

American journal of cardiovascular disease

Aschbacher K, Chen Q, Varga M, Haddad DJ, Yeghiazarians Y, Epel E, Wolkowitz OM, Springer ML

Mindfulness Intervention for Stress Eating to Reduce Cortisol and Abdominal Fat among Overweight and Obese Women: An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Study.

Journal of obesity

Daubenmier J, Kristeller J, Hecht FM, Maninger N, Kuwata M, Jhaveri K, Lustig RH, Kemeny M, Karan L, Epel E

Autonomic and adrenocortical reactivity and buccal cell telomere length in kindergarten children.

Psychosomatic medicine

Kroenke CH, Epel E, Adler N, Bush NR, Obradovic J, Lin J, Blackburn E, Stamperdahl JL, Boyce WT

Physical activity moderates effects of stressor-induced rumination on cortisol reactivity.

Psychosomatic medicine

Puterman E, O'Donovan A, Adler NE, Tomiyama AJ, Kemeny M, Wolkowitz OM, Epel E

Telomeres and lifestyle factors: roles in cellular aging.

Mutation research

Lin J, Epel E, Blackburn E

Stress exposure in intrauterine life is associated with shorter telomere length in young adulthood.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Entringer S, Epel ES, Kumsta R, Lin J, Hellhammer DH, Blackburn EH, Wüst S, Wadhwa PD

Serum BDNF levels before treatment predict SSRI response in depression.

Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry

Wolkowitz OM, Wolf J, Shelly W, Rosser R, Burke HM, Lerner GK, Reus VI, Nelson JC, Epel ES, Mellon SH

Depression and leukocyte telomere length in patients with coronary heart disease: data from the Heart and Soul Study.

Psychosomatic medicine

Hoen PW, de Jonge P, Na BY, Farzaneh-Far R, Epel E, Lin J, Blackburn E, Whooley MA

Cumulative inflammatory load is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study.

PloS one

O'Donovan A, Pantell MS, Puterman E, Dhabhar FS, Blackburn EH, Yaffe K, Cawthon RM, Opresko PL, Hsueh WC, Satterfield S, Newman AB, Ayonayon HN, Rubin SM, Harris TB, Epel ES

Childhood trauma associated with short leukocyte telomere length in posttraumatic stress disorder.

Biological psychiatry

O'Donovan A, Epel E, Lin J, Wolkowitz O, Cohen B, Maguen S, Metzler T, Lenoci M, Blackburn E, Neylan TC

Leukocyte telomere length in major depression: correlations with chronicity, inflammation and oxidative stress--preliminary findings.

PloS one

Wolkowitz OM, Mellon SH, Epel ES, Lin J, Dhabhar FS, Su Y, Reus VI, Rosser R, Burke HM, Kupferman E, Compagnone M, Nelson JC, Blackburn EH

Telomere shortening in formerly abused and never abused women.

Biological research for nursing

Humphreys J, Epel ES, Cooper BA, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Lee KA

Chronic maternal depression is associated with reduced weight gain in latino infants from birth to 2 years of age.

PloS one

Wojcicki JM, Holbrook K, Lustig RH, Epel E, Caughey AB, Muñoz RF, Shiboski SC, Heyman MB

The relative importance of predictors of body mass index change, overweight and obesity in adolescent girls.

International journal of pediatric obesity : IJPO : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity

Rehkopf DH, Laraia BA, Segal M, Braithwaite D, Epel E

Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Jacobs TL, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Wolkowitz OM, Bridwell DA, Zanesco AP, Aichele SR, Sahdra BK, MacLean KA, King BG, Shaver PR, Rosenberg EL, Ferrer E, Wallace BA, Saron CD

Greater endogenous estrogen exposure is associated with longer telomeres in postmenopausal women at risk for cognitive decline.

Brain research

Lin J, Kroenke CH, Epel E, Kenna HA, Wolkowitz OM, Blackburn E, Rasgon NL

Sex differences in factors influencing recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Clinical orthopaedics and related research

Rosenberger PH, Dhabhar FS, Epel E, Jokl P, Ickovics JR

The power of exercise: buffering the effect of chronic stress on telomere length.

PloS one

Puterman E, Lin J, Blackburn E, O'Donovan A, Adler N, Epel E

Trajectories of change in obesity and symptoms of depression: the CARDIA study.

American journal of public health

Needham BL, Epel ES, Adler NE, Kiefe C

Depression gets old fast: do stress and depression accelerate cell aging?

Depression and anxiety

Wolkowitz OM, Epel ES, Reus VI, Mellon SH

Socio-economic differentials in peripheral biology: cumulative allostatic load.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Seeman T, Epel E, Gruenewald T, Karlamangla A, McEwen BS

Association of marine omega-3 fatty acid levels with telomeric aging in patients with coronary heart disease.

JAMA

Farzaneh-Far R, Lin J, Epel ES, Harris WS, Blackburn EH, Whooley MA

Black sheep get the blues: a psychobiological model of social rejection and depression.

Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews

Slavich GM, O'Donovan A, Epel ES, Kemeny ME

Dynamics of telomerase activity in response to acute psychological stress.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Epel ES, Lin J, Dhabhar FS, Wolkowitz OM, Puterman E, Karan L, Blackburn EH

Surgical stress-induced immune cell redistribution profiles predict short-term and long-term postsurgical recovery. A prospective study.

The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume

Rosenberger PH, Ickovics JR, Epel E, Nadler E, Jokl P, Fulkerson JP, Tillie JM, Dhabhar FS

Analyses and comparisons of telomerase activity and telomere length in human T and B cells: insights for epidemiology of telomere maintenance.

Journal of immunological methods

Lin J, Epel E, Cheon J, Kroenke C, Sinclair E, Bigos M, Wolkowitz O, Mellon S, Blackburn E

Glucocorticoids. Mood, memory, and mechanisms.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Wolkowitz OM, Burke H, Epel ES, Reus VI

Can meditation slow rate of cellular aging? Cognitive stress, mindfulness, and telomeres.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Epel E, Daubenmier J, Moskowitz JT, Folkman S, Blackburn E

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

Dhabhar FS, Burke HM, Epel ES, Mellon SH, Rosser R, Reus VI, Wolkowitz OM

Socioeconomic status in relation to early menarche among black and white girls.

Cancer causes & control : CCC

Braithwaite D, Moore DH, Lustig RH, Epel ES, Ong KK, Rehkopf DH, Wang MC, Miller SM, Hiatt RA

The rate of leukocyte telomere shortening predicts mortality from cardiovascular disease in elderly men.

Aging

Epel ES, Merkin SS, Cawthon R, Blackburn EH, Adler NE, Pletcher MJ, Seeman TE

Neurobiological and neuropsychiatric effects of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and DHEA sulfate (DHEAS).

Frontiers in neuroendocrinology

Maninger N, Wolkowitz OM, Reus VI, Epel ES, Mellon SH

Dietary restraint and telomere length in pre- and postmenopausal women.

Psychosomatic medicine

Kiefer A, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E

Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study.

The Lancet. Oncology

Ornish D, Lin J, Daubenmier J, Weidner G, Epel E, Kemp C, Magbanua MJ, Marlin R, Yglecias L, Carroll PR, Blackburn EH

A longitudinal study of coping, anxiety and glycemic control in adults with type 1 diabetes.

Psychology & health

Sultan S, Epel E, Sachon C, Vaillant G, Hartemann-Heurtier A

Positive affect uniquely predicts lower risk of mortality in people with diabetes.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Moskowitz JT, Epel ES, Acree M

When blue turns to grey: do stress and depression accelerate cell aging?

The world journal of biological psychiatry : the official journal of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

Wolkowitz OM, Epel ES, Mellon S

Why egalitarianism might be good for your health: physiological thriving during stressful intergroup encounters.

Psychological science

Mendes WB, Gray HM, Mendoza-Denton R, Major B, Epel ES

Psychosomatic medicine: the scientific foundation of the biopsychosocial model.

Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry

Novack DH, Cameron O, Epel E, Ader R, Waldstein SR, Levenstein S, Antoni MH, Wainer AR

Stress, eating and the reward system.

Physiology & behavior

Adam TC, Epel ES

Socioeconomic status, race, and diurnal cortisol decline in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study.

Psychosomatic medicine

Cohen S, Schwartz JE, Epel E, Kirschbaum C, Sidney S, Seeman T

Cell aging in relation to stress arousal and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Epel ES, Lin J, Wilhelm FH, Wolkowitz OM, Cawthon R, Adler NE, Dolbier C, Mendes WB, Blackburn EH

Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Epel ES, Blackburn EH, Lin J, Dhabhar FS, Adler NE, Morrow JD, Cawthon RM

Are stress eaters at risk for the metabolic syndrome?

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Epel E, Jimenez S, Brownell K, Stroud L, Stoney C, Niaura R

Flattened cortisol rhythms in metastatic breast cancer patients.

Psychoneuroendocrinology

Abercrombie HC, Giese-Davis J, Sephton S, Epel ES, Turner-Cobb JM, Spiegel D