Elissa Epel, PhD

Elissa Epel will teach during the Wisdom & Wellbeing Multi-Faculty Week 3 – Transformation, Resilience and Relational Intelligence – January 25 – February 1, 2025 at Blue Spirit about the following topic:

The Science of Personal and Planetary Resiliency

Learn the fascinating science behind stress, how our cells age, and how simple mind and lifestyle habits promote psychological resilience and slow cell aging. Bring home joyful daily practices that integrate personal with planetary wellness.

About Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is an international expert on optimal aging and a best-selling author. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco, where she is Vice Chair of Psychology and Director of the Aging Metabolism Emotions Center (amecenter.ucsf.edu). Epel focuses on how chronic stress can gets under the skin to influence habits of thinking, and biological processes, and how wellness practices such as meditation and positive stress can promote psychological and physiological thriving. She is also now focusing on climate distress and climate wellness. During the pandemic, Epel led the creation of expert written and video web-based resources for psychological first aid and well being for personal and global crises (www.cope.ucsf.edu).

Epel co-wrote “The Telomere Effect: A revolutionary approach to living younger, longer” with nobel laureate Liz Blackburn, a New York Times best seller (and translated into 30 languages) and the new book “The Stress Prescription; 7 days to more joy and ease”. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and past President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.