"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, has been studying how processes related to psychological stress, and how meditation-based interventions, affect cellular based measures of aging, as well as eating, weight, and metabolism. She received her BA from Stanford in Psychology and PhD from Yale University in Health Psychology. When not studying stress, she enjoys yoga and meditation. Her research publications can be found here:

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