AME Leadership


The AME Center Directors, Faculty, Postdoctoral Scholars, Staff, and Core Collaborators share the goal of improving the ‘healthspan’ of individuals and communities, from conception to the 'golden years.'

Our leaders focus on understanding how enhancing emotion regulation and coping mechanisms as well as daily lifestyle and restorative behaviors, including sleep, physical activity, social connectivity, and purpose in life may improve biological and psychological resilience to aging. Our award-winning research is funded by private foundations and the National Institute of Health (NIH) and generous philanthropy. 

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AME Center Directors


Alexandra Crosswell, PhD

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Felder, PhD

Assistant Professor

Jue Lin, PhD

Professional Research

Ashley Mason, PhD

Associate Professor

Stefanie Mayer, PhD

Assistant Professor

Rachel Radin, PhD

Assistant Professor

Janet Wojcicki, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Professor

Owen Wolkowitz, MD

Professor Emeritus

Postdoctoral Scholars

AME Staff

Elena Fromer, BA

AME Lab Manager, Clinical Research Coordinator

Jillian Grialou

Assistant CRC

Lucy Kho, BS

Assistant CRC

Julia Moore

Clinical Research Coordinator

Core Collaborators

Nancy Adler, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Wolfram Alderson

Social Impact Advisor

Kirstin Aschbacher, PhD


Nicki Bush, PhD

Professor In Residence

David H. Chae, ScD, MA

Associate Professor

Stacy Drury

Director of Telomere Research Network

Eve Ekman, PhD, MSW

Director of the Greater Good Science Center

Elissa Hamlat, PhD, MA

Adjunct Instructor

Frederick Hecht, MD

Recall Faculty

Andrew Krystal, MD

Professor In Residence

Synthia Mellon, PhD

Recall Professor

Wendy Berry Mendes, PhD

Director of HPL

Aoife O'Donovan, PhD

Assoc. Professor In Residence

Matt Pantell, MD, MS

HS Assoc Clinical Professor

Danielle Roubinov, PhD

Asst Adjunct Professor

Cliff Saron, PhD


Anthony S. Zannas

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Hiba Abousleiman, Clinical Research Coordinator

Elnaz Ahmadi, Access Extension

Justine Arenander, UC Berkeley

Nicky Barua, Social Media Intern

Annaliese Beery, PhD, Smith College

Robin Blades, Research Assistant, Stress and Resilience Study

Rashida Brown, PhD,

Lahnna Catalino, PhD, Scripps

Sylvia Cheng, Center for Health and Community

Kimberly Coleman-Phox, MPH, UCSF

Nikko Da Paz, PhD, Access Extension

Tomas Cabeza de Baca, PhD,

Brian Don, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar

Anita Eskildsen, MSC, AARHUS University, Denmark

Elsea Esparza, UC Davis

Sarah Fisher, Osher Center

Amanda Gilbert, Assistant CRC

Lisa Groesz, PhD, Private Practice

Joanna Guan, Affiliate

Melissa Hagan, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor

Emily Goard Jacobs, PhD , UC Santa Barbara

Eve Kupferman, PhD, UCSF

Carter Lebares, MD, Surgery

Kimberly Lockwood, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar

Bresh Merino, Ast CRC

Anthony Meza, UC Berkeley

Erin Nakahara, Clinical Research Coordinator

Belinda Needham, PhD, MA, University of Michigan

Samantha Schilf, Executive Director, AME Center

Samantha Schleicher, Research Assistant

Olivia Shin, Asst Clinical Research Coordinator

George Slavich, PhD, UCLA

Angie To, UC Berkeley

Janet Tomiyama, PhD, UCLA

Julie Vaccaro, Clinical Research Coordinator

Angela Wackerly, Clinical Research Coordinator