The AME Center of UCSF’s School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is at the Center for Health and Community. AME researchers study relations between 1) Types of chronic stress, psychiatric illness, and positive states (e.g., positive emotion, resilience and thriving under adversity; 2) Restorative health behaviors such as sleep, exercise, and mindfulness meditation; and 3) Physiological imprints of stress, such as altered inflammatory immune function, cellular mechanisms underlying vascular health and rejuvenation, adiposity, and, at the cellular level, cellular stress and rate of mitotic cell aging (such as that measured by telomere length). We conduct basic and translational mind to behavior and biology research to understand these complex relations. We also study interventions (in person and mHealth) to improve lifestyle, enhance coping and emotion regulation, and reduce stress. This website shows various projects and publications, as well as events or new findings in this growing field.
Recent AME Member and Collaborator Publications
Prather, A.A., Hecht, F.M., Epel, E.S. (in press). Factors related to telomere length; Letter to the Editor-Reply. Brain, Behavior & Immunity.
Prather, A.A., Epel, E.S., Arenander, J., Broestl, L., Garay, B., Wang, D., Dubal, D.B. (2015). Longevity factor klotho and chronic psychological stress. Translational Psychiatry. e585.
Adler, N.E. & Prather, A.A. (2015). Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: person, place, and precision prevention. JAMA Internal Medicine. 175, 1321-1322
Prather, A.A., Janicki-Deverts, D., Hall, M.H., Cohen, S. (2015). Behaviorally assessed sleep and susceptibility to the common cold. SLEEP. 38, 1353-1359.
- Bersani FS, Lindqvist D, ...Epel ES, ...Coy M, Reus VI, ...Wolkowitz OM. Association of dimensional psychological health measures with telomere length in male war veterans. J Affect Disord. 2016 Jan 15;190:537-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.10.037. Epub 2015 Oct 28. PMID: 26571103
- Blackburn EH, Epel ES, Lin J. Human telomere biology: A contributory and interactive factor in aging, disease risks, and protection. Science. 2015 Dec 4;350(6265):1193-8. doi: 10.1126/science.aab3389. PMID: 26785477.
- Casey JA, Schwartz BS, Stewart WF, Adler NE. Using Electronic Health Records for Population Health Research: A Review of Methods and Applications. Annu Rev Public Health. 2015 Dec 11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26667605.
- Chen Q, Varga M, ...Aschbacher K, ...Springer ML. Overexpression of Nitric Oxide Synthase Restores Circulating Angiogenic Cell Function in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease: Implications for Autologous Cell Therapy for Myocardial Infarction. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Jan 6;5(1). pii: e002257. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002257. PMID: 26738788.
- Mason AE, Epel ES, ...Daubenmier J. Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on mindful eating, sweets consumption, and fasting glucose levels in obese adults: data from the SHINE randomized controlled trial. J Behav Med. 2015 Nov 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26563148.
- Rasgon N, Lin KW, Lin J, Epel E, Blackburn E. Telomere length as a predictor of response to Pioglitazone in patients with unremitted depression: a preliminary study. Transl Psychiatry. 2016 Jan 5;6:e709. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.187. PMID: 26731446.