Eli Puterman, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco CA 94118
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    Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research2015Neil Miller New Investigator Award
    Society of Behavioral Medicine2014Early Career Investigator Award
    American Psychosomatic Society2011Young Scholar Award
    Swedish Berzelius Society2011Best Abstract Award
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute2011 - 2016K99/R00 Award
    RAND Summer Institute2011Travel Award
    Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research 2010New Investigator Award
    Canadian Psychological Association 2009Dissertation Award
    Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research2005 - 2008Senior Trainee Award
    Social Science and Health Research Council2004 - 2007Doctorate Canada Graduate Scholarship
    Western Psychological Association 2003Outstanding Poster Presentation Award
    Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research2003 - 2005Master Trainee Award
    American Psychological Association – Division 382003Outstanding Poster Presentation Award
    Social Science and Health Research Council2003 - 2004Master's Canada Graduate Scholarship
    Fonds quebecois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies2001 - 2003Master Student Award
    Concordia University, Montreal2001J.W. Bridges Award for Academic Excellence
    Concordia University, Montreal2000Student Scholar Award

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    My research highlights the benefits of regular physical activity and social support to those experiencing chronic stress in their lives. My work suggests that the stress-disease link can possibly be broken when people maintain a healthy physical activity regimen and close relationships with others. My current research, supported by a K99/R00 award from The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will examine (1) the dynamic interplay between lifestyle factors and accumulation of life stress across adulthood to predict risk for cardiovascular disease and associated physiological weathering and (2) the cellular effects of an exercise intervention in chronically stressed individuals.

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    Effects of exercise and life stress on telomere maintenance and CVD risk
    NIH/NHLBI R00HL109247Aug 1, 2011 - May 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Effects of exercise and life stress on telomere maintenance and CVD risk
    NIH/NHLBI K99HL109247Aug 1, 2011 - Jun 30, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Hagan MJ, Bush N, Mendes WB, Arenander J, Epel E, Puterman E. Associations between childhood adversity and daily suppression and avoidance in response to stress in adulthood: can neurobiological sensitivity help explain this relationship? Anxiety Stress Coping. 2016 Nov 19; 1-13. PMID: 27834487.
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    2. Aschbacher K, Milush JM, Gilbert A, Almeida C, Sinclair E, Epling L, Grenon SM, Marco EJ, Puterman E, Epel E, et al. Chronic stress is associated with reduced circulating hematopoietic progenitor cell number: A maternal caregiving model. Brain Behav Immun. 2016 Sep 10. PMID: 27622676.
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    3. Epel ES, Puterman E, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Lum PY, Beckmann ND, Zhu J, Lee E, Gilbert A, Rissman RA, Tanzi RE, Schadt EE. Meditation and vacation effects have an impact on disease-associated molecular phenotypes. Transl Psychiatry. 2016; 6(8):e880. PMID: 27576169.
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    4. Holtzman S, Landis L, Walsh Z, Puterman E, Roberts D, Saya-Moore K. Predictors of HIV testing among men who have sex with men: a focus on men living outside major urban centres in Canada. AIDS Care. 2016 Jun; 28(6):705-11. PMID: 27043184.
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    5. Lin J, Cheon J, Brown R, Coccia M, Puterman E, Aschbacher K, Sinclair E, Epel E, Blackburn EH. Systematic and Cell Type-Specific Telomere Length Changes in Subsets of Lymphocytes. J Immunol Res. 2016; 2016:5371050. PMID: 26977417.
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    6. Verhoeven JE, van Oppen P, Puterman E, Elzinga B, Penninx BW. The Association of Early and Recent Psychosocial Life Stress With Leukocyte Telomere Length. Psychosom Med. 2015 Oct; 77(8):882-91. PMID: 26374947.
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    7. Puterman E, Prather AA, Epel ES, Loharuka S, Adler NE, Laraia B, Tomiyama AJ. Exercise mitigates cumulative associations between stress and BMI in girls age 10 to 19. Health Psychol. 2016 Feb; 35(2):191-4. PMID: 26301595.
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    8. Mason AE, Laraia B, Daubenmier J, Hecht FM, Lustig RH, Puterman E, Adler N, Dallman M, Kiernan M, Gearhardt AN, Epel ES. Putting the brakes on the "drive to eat": Pilot effects of naltrexone and reward-based eating on food cravings among obese women. Eat Behav. 2015 Dec; 19:53-6. PMID: 26164674; PMCID: PMC4644449 [Available on 12/01/16].
    9. Puterman E, Epel ES, O'Donovan A, Prather AA, Aschbacher K, Dhabhar FS. Anger is associated with increased IL-6 stress reactivity in women, but only among those low in social support. Int J Behav Med. 2014 Dec; 21(6):936-45. PMID: 24357433; PMCID: PMC4406249.
    10. Womack VY, Ning H, Lewis CE, Loucks EB, Puterman E, Reis J, Siddique J, Sternfeld B, Van Horn L, Carnethon MR. Relationship between perceived discrimination and sedentary behavior in adults. Am J Health Behav. 2014 Sep; 38(5):641-9. PMID: 24933133; PMCID: PMC4229242.
    11. Puterman E, Lin J, Krauss J, Blackburn EH, Epel ES. Determinants of telomere attrition over 1 year in healthy older women: stress and health behaviors matter. Mol Psychiatry. 2015 Apr; 20(4):529-35. PMID: 25070535; PMCID: PMC4310821.
    12. Aschbacher K, Kornfeld S, Picard M, Puterman E, Havel PJ, Stanhope K, Lustig RH, Epel E. Chronic stress increases vulnerability to diet-related abdominal fat, oxidative stress, and metabolic risk. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Aug; 46:14-22. PMID: 24882154; PMCID: PMC4104274.
    13. Prather AA, Puterman E, Epel ES, Dhabhar FS. Poor sleep quality potentiates stress-induced cytokine reactivity in postmenopausal women with high visceral abdominal adiposity. Brain Behav Immun. 2014 Jan; 35:155-62. PMID: 24060585; PMCID: PMC3962521.
    14. Puterman E, Haritatos J, Adler NE, Sidney S, Schwartz JE, Epel ES. Indirect effect of financial strain on daily cortisol output through daily negative to positive affect index in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Dec; 38(12):2883-9. PMID: 23969421; PMCID: PMC3844074.
    15. Hudson DL, Puterman E, Bibbins-Domingo K, Matthews KA, Adler NE. Race, life course socioeconomic position, racial discrimination, depressive symptoms and self-rated health. Soc Sci Med. 2013 Nov; 97:7-14. PMID: 24161083.
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    16. Puterman E, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Gross JJ, Whooley MA, Cohen BE. Multisystem resiliency moderates the major depression-telomere length association: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Oct; 33:65-73. PMID: 23727245; PMCID: PMC3855878.
    17. Shalev I, Entringer S, Wadhwa PD, Wolkowitz OM, Puterman E, Lin J, Epel ES. Stress and telomere biology: a lifespan perspective. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Sep; 38(9):1835-42. PMID: 23639252; PMCID: PMC3735679.
    18. Tomiyama AJ, Puterman E, Epel ES, Rehkopf DH, Laraia BA. Chronic psychological stress and racial disparities in body mass index change between Black and White girls aged 10-19. Ann Behav Med. 2013 Feb; 45(1):3-12. PMID: 22993022.
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    19. Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn E, Lazaro A, Berry Mendes W. Clinical Psychological Science. Wandering Minds and Aging Cells. 2013; 1(1):75-83.
    20. Rawdin BJ, Mellon SH, Dhabhar FS, Epel ES, Puterman E, Su Y, Burke HM, Reus VI, Rosser R, Hamilton SP, Nelson JC, Wolkowitz OM. Dysregulated relationship of inflammation and oxidative stress in major depression. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Jul; 31:143-52. PMID: 23201587; PMCID: PMC3669232.
    21. Puterman E, Epel E. An intricate dance: Life experience, multisystem resiliency, and rate of telomere decline throughout the lifespan. Soc Personal Psychol Compass. 2012 Nov 1; 6(11):807-825. PMID: 23162608.
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    22. Tomiyama AJ, Schamarek I, Lustig RH, Kirschbaum C, Puterman E, Havel PJ, Epel ES. Leptin concentrations in response to acute stress predict subsequent intake of comfort foods. Physiol Behav. 2012 Aug 20; 107(1):34-9. PMID: 22579988; PMCID: PMC3409346.
    23. Puterman E, Adler N, Matthews KA, Epel E. Financial strain and impaired fasting glucose: the moderating role of physical activity in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study. Psychosom Med. 2012 Feb-Mar; 74(2):187-92. PMID: 22286855.
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    24. O'Donovan A, Tomiyama AJ, Lin J, Puterman E, Adler NE, Kemeny M, Wolkowitz OM, Blackburn EH, Epel ES. Stress appraisals and cellular aging: a key role for anticipatory threat in the relationship between psychological stress and telomere length. Brain Behav Immun. 2012 May; 26(4):573-9. PMID: 22293459; PMCID: PMC3322317.
    25. Tomiyama AJ, O'Donovan A, Lin J, Puterman E, Lazaro A, Chan J, Dhabhar FS, Wolkowitz O, Kirschbaum C, Blackburn E, Epel E. Does cellular aging relate to patterns of allostasis? An examination of basal and stress reactive HPA axis activity and telomere length. Physiol Behav. 2012 Apr 12; 106(1):40-5. PMID: 22138440; PMCID: PMC3361080.
    26. Aschbacher K, Epel E, Wolkowitz OM, Prather AA, Puterman E, Dhabhar FS. Maintenance of a positive outlook during acute stress protects against pro-inflammatory reactivity and future depressive symptoms. Brain Behav Immun. 2012 Feb; 26(2):346-52. PMID: 22119400; PMCID: PMC4030538.
    27. Krauss J, Farzaneh-Far R, Puterman E, Na B, Lin J, Epel E, Blackburn E, Whooley MA. Physical fitness and telomere length in patients with coronary heart disease: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. PLoS One. 2011; 6(11):e26983. PMID: 22096513; PMCID: PMC3212515.
    28. Prather AA, Puterman E, Lin J, O'Donovan A, Krauss J, Tomiyama AJ, Epel ES, Blackburn EH. Shorter leukocyte telomere length in midlife women with poor sleep quality. J Aging Res. 2011; 2011:721390. PMID: 22046530; PMCID: PMC3199186.
    29. Puterman E, O'Donovan A, Adler NE, Tomiyama AJ, Kemeny M, Wolkowitz OM, Epel E. Physical activity moderates effects of stressor-induced rumination on cortisol reactivity. Psychosom Med. 2011 Sep; 73(7):604-11. PMID: 21873586; PMCID: PMC3167008.
    30. Tomfohr LM, Murphy ML, Miller GE, Puterman E. Multiwave associations between depressive symptoms and endothelial function in adolescent and young adult females. Psychosom Med. 2011 Jul-Aug; 73(6):456-61. PMID: 21715299; PMCID: PMC3216486.
    31. Hagedoorn M, Puterman E, Sanderman R, Wiggers T, Baas PC, van Haastert M, DeLongis A. Is self-disclosure in couples coping with cancer associated with improvement in depressive symptoms? Health Psychol. 2011 Nov; 30(6):753-62. PMID: 21688913.
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    32. O'Donovan A, Pantell MS, Puterman E, Dhabhar FS, Blackburn EH, Yaffe K, Cawthon RM, Opresko PL, Hsueh WC, Satterfield S, Newman AB, Ayonayon HN, Rubin SM, Harris TB, Epel ES. Cumulative inflammatory load is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. PLoS One. 2011; 6(5):e19687. PMID: 21602933; PMCID: PMC3094351.
    33. Lee-Flynn SC, Pomaki G, Delongis A, Biesanz JC, Puterman E. Daily cognitive appraisals, daily affect, and long-term depressive symptoms: the role of self-esteem and self-concept clarity in the stress process. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2011 Feb; 37(2):255-68. PMID: 21239598.
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    34. Hagedoorn M, Dagan M, Puterman E, Hoff C, Meijerink WJ, Delongis A, Sanderman R. Relationship satisfaction in couples confronted with colorectal cancer: the interplay of past and current spousal support. J Behav Med. 2011 Aug; 34(4):288-97. PMID: 21222025; PMCID: PMC3141841.
    35. Puterman E, Lin J, Blackburn E, O'Donovan A, Adler N, Epel E. The power of exercise: buffering the effect of chronic stress on telomere length. PLoS One. 2010; 5(5):e10837. PMID: 20520771; PMCID: PMC2877102.
    36. DeLongis A Holtzman S Puterman E Lam M . Dyadic Coping: Support from the spouse in times of stress. In K. Sullivan & J. Davila (Eds.), Support Processes in Intimate Relationships. 2010; 153-174.
    37. Puterman E . Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Protecting us from ourselves: A multilevel analysis of the role of social support in rumination. 2010; 7(29):797-820.
    38. Epel ES, Lin J, Dhabhar FS, Wolkowitz OM, Puterman E, Karan L, Blackburn EH. Dynamics of telomerase activity in response to acute psychological stress. Brain Behav Immun. 2010 May; 24(4):531-9. PMID: 20018236; PMCID: PMC2856774.
    39. Lam M, Lehman AJ, Puterman E, DeLongis A. Spouse depression and disease course among persons with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Aug 15; 61(8):1011-7. PMID: 19644902.
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    40. Byrd-O’Brien T, DeLongis A, Pomaki G, Puterman E . Couples coping with stress: The role of empathic responding. European Psychologist. 2009; (14):18-28.
    41. Puterman E, DeLongis A, Lee-Baggley D, Greenglass E. Coping and health behaviours in times of global health crises: lessons from SARS and West Nile. Glob Public Health. 2009; 4(1):69-81. PMID: 19153931.
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    42. DeLongis, A. Puterman, E. Coping skills. In G. Fink, Encyclopedia of Stress, Second edition. 2007; 578-584.
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