Strategies for Managing the Impact of Stress on Depression and Emotional Well-Being

Keynote presentation:
Stress Resilience for Preventing Depression: Making Stress Work for You

Elissa Epel, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

UCSF Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center

About the speaker:
Elissa Epel, PhD, is a health psychologist focusing on stress pathways. For the past 15 years, she has studied stress in the lab and in the field, using naturalistic stressors, and associations with an early aging syndrome. She examines how stress processes lead to early disease precursors, focusing on overeating, abdominal obesity, and immune cell aging. She has found that people’s propensity to be stress reactive, psychologically or in terms of cortisol reactivity, is associated with overeating, abdominal obesity, and accelerated cell aging.


Breakout sessions:

  • Surviving Immigration and Acculturation Stress with Joyce Chu, PhD, and Sita Patel, PhD
  • Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation Strategies for Managing Stress with Stuart Eisendrath, MD
  • Coping With Stress and Depression as Age Increases and Resources Decline with Beverly Lehr, PhD


A community educational event co-sponsored by the UCSF Depression Center, Robert and Delphine Eschbach Endowment,UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Cole Hall Auditorium
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California 94143

Event Type

Lecture/Seminar, Special Event, Class/Info Session


School of Medicine, UCSF Medical Center


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni







Department of Psychiatry


Contact Info


Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.