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Lectures & Videos

The APS 2014 Presidential Symposium, hosted by President Liz Phelps, focused on stress mechanisms. Videos can be seen here.

The Mindful Genome: How our mindset shapes our gene expression. Presented at Wisdom 2.0, 2013.

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.

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.

The Science of Aging by ASAP Science - An animated 2 minute story of how we age and the role of Telomeres

Elissa Epel gives short answers about the fundamentals of Stress, on SHARECARE.

More videos and information can be found here.

Stress and Anxiety

This mini documentary, made by Michanek Gunnar of Stockholm, is a lovely introduction
to mindfulness by Jon Kabat Zinn, with a little Swedish commentary, and a little on telomerase relations.

Mindfulness - en introduktion from mindfulnessgruppen on Vimeo.

For scientific information, fun and easy reads:

Sapolsky, R. (2004). Why zebra's don't get ulcers: An updated guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping. New York: Henry Holt & Co. 3rd Edition. (an entertaining bottom line on stress from a world expert).

Singer, T. (2010). Stress less: The new science that shows women how to rejuvenate the body and the mind. New York: Hudson Street Press. (DISCLOSURE: Elissa wrote the foreword to thie book).

Stress Management/Wellness How To's:

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. New York: Dell/Bantam Publishing Company.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2011). Mindfulness for beginners: Reclaiming the present moment and your life. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc.

Craske, M.G. & Barlow, D.H. (2006). Mastery of your anxiety and worry: Workbook (treatments that work). New York: Oxford University Press. 2nd Edition. (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety. For most people with significant anxiety, working with a cognitive behavioral therapist is also necessary.)

For Depression:

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Preventing Parenting Stress

Siegel, D.J. & Bryson, T.P. The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive. New York: Delacorte Press. ("The Whole-Brain Child" is not about stress per se, but about the foundations of resilience, which in turn prevents stress. It is about promoting well being (neural integration) in children while their brain is still developing and the neuroscience behind these parenting skills. Not specific to any particular diagnoses in children, but to healthy emotion regulation/executive function in general.)

The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenland


IREST is a technique that has not been well studied yet, but appears to help with trauma, and has been adopted by the VA system.


Treating Obesity: Don't Ignore Stress! - an article by Elissa Epel in the Journal of the San Francisco Medical Society with background information and ways to tackle it, for health care providers.


Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Caregiver Bill of Rights

Center for Health and Community (CHC)

Center for Mindful Eating

Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST)

Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI), Department of Psychiatry at UCSF

Stress, Environment & Weight Center - A multi-campus research center with contributors from UCSF, UCB, and UC Davis.

Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy


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