UCSF: Unmentionables

Elissa Epel, Associate Professor of Psychology at UCSF, examined how stress processes lead to early disease precursors, focusing on overeating, abdominal obesity, and immune cell aging, and whether interventions can reverse stress related tendencies and damage.  Research shows that different kinds of suffering can lead to shorter telomeres. She is particularly interested in innovative solutions to the stress epidemic using cultural change and mobile technology for impacting daily life and for connecting people.