Fitness, Aging, & Stress Lab

FAST Lab Members – Summer 2017

Welcome to the FAST Lab!

A quarter of Canadians report their lives to be quite or extremely stressful. Stress prevents people from engaging in physical activity and places them at increasing risk for chronic disease and early mortality via degradation of immune system function, alteration of protein synthesis through epigenetic pathways, and wearing down of biological and psychological stress pathways to disease. The vision for my research program is to understand how physical activity can mitigate these biological and psychological antecedents of disease to improve the health of Canadians and prevent disease development.

My research marries novel scientific discoveries and current state of the art technologies from adversity research, molecular biology, and exercise science to maximize our knowledge about physical activity as resiliency for optimal health. At present, our current understanding of habitual physical activity as resiliency to adversity is limited to observational findings. Intervention trials supplemented with laboratory-based stress manipulations and ambulatory psychological and biological assessments will broaden and deepen our understanding of the benefits of physical activity. The long-term goal is to develop an intervention strategy that combines digital health technologies and brief contact therapy to increase retention of participants and maintenance of habitual physical activity. By focusing on health promotion in high adversity communities, my research will help to reduce the burden on our health care system.

Welcome to the FAST Lab!

– Eli Puterman, PhD


Meet the people behind FAST Lab!

Principal Investigator

Eli Puterman, PhD


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar
Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Physical Activity and Health
Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education

Eli is a Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Physical Activity and Health and a Michael Smith Scholar for Health Research. His research seeks to understand the interplay among stress, aging, and exercise. Eli is currently developing new intervention trials and laboratory-based studies to disentangle the extent to which both acute and long-term exercise can strengthen both psychological and biological stress responses and immune function in children and adults alike. When Eli is not at work, he tries to reduce stress with home renovations, hikes in the area, canoeing in False Creek and walks on the seawall with his family.

You can visit Eli’s School of Kinesiology Profile Page here.
You can view Eli’s Curriculum Vitae here.

Lab Staff

Arpreet Singh – Lab Manager / Research Coordinator

Arpreet is currently the lab manager and research coordinator in Dr. Eli Puterman’s FAST lab. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at Simon Fraser University where he specialised in population health and epidemiology. His prior research interests included the field of HIV/hepatitis C, and injury prevention in children and youth. He is excited to join this field and learn more about stress, ageing and physical activity.

Graduate Students

Nicole Mazara – PhD Student

Nicole (she, her, hers) is a Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Eli Puterman. She completed a B.Sc.Kin at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON from 2010- 2015, and moved to the University of Guelph in 2016 to complete a M.Sc. investigating cellular changes in skeletal muscle with aging in humans. Competing for 5 years on the McMaster Varsity Wrestling team, Nicole has always had an interest in how physical activity can affect our daily lives in school or work, disease status, social interactions, aging, and mental health. Currently at UBC, she is interested in different modalities of exercise and how they can affect physiological, social, and exercise adherence factors for women living with HIV. Nicole is loving living in Vancouver with the many adventures the city, mountains, and ocean has to offer!

Ben Hives – PhD Student


Currently in the first year of the PhD Program, Ben has a BKIN and MSc from UBC, as well as a diploma in the Culinary Arts at Vancouver Community College. His research interest includes cardiovascular stress responses to stress and statistical method evaluation. He has been a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the School of Kinesiology’s Introduction to Statistics, Research Methods, and Sport’s Nutrition courses. Ben also has a keen interest in statistical methods, baseball, and programming in R.

Luke Peddie – MSc Student

Luke is a M.Sc. student in the School of Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Eli Puterman. He graduated with a B.Kin. while also competing on the Canadian national team and as a varsity athlete for 5 years, acting as team captain in his final year. His career in competitive swimming has shaped his research goals and has driven him to examine the relationship between athletes’ performance and their physical and mental health. His research will involve the examination of psychophysiological mechanisms and models that predict the relationship between stress, performance, and health. His current research project involves assessing the physical and psychological health benefits of exercising outdoors compared to exercise performed indoors. Luke’s thesis will examine the effect of acute stress on exercise performance in a cycling time trial in a healthy population.

Joshua Webster – MSc Student

I am student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver pursuing a MSc. in Kinesiology. I recently completed my Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S) degree at the University of The West Indies CaveHill Campus in Barbados. Prior to that, I completed a BSc. in Chemistry (Major) and Biochemistry (Minor). I am an aspiring sports focused physician, with interests in holistic medical practices and research focusing on the interplay of stress, exercise and disease. My proposed MSc research will examine the impact of exercise on cortisol responses to a subsequent psychosocial or physical stressor.


Sarah Koch – Post Doctoral Fellow

Sarah is from Switzerland, but went to university in Germany, and was a Fulbright Scholar at UC Davis in California. She completed her Master’s here in the Environmental Physiology Laboratory. She is an keen Beach and Indoor Volleyballer and loves the outdoors. Her thesis will focus on exercise induced bronchoconstriction, and the pharmacogenetics of salbutamol especially in female athletes.


Anne Lasinsky – Post Doctoral Fellow

Originally from Pennsylvania, USA, Anne completed a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Connecticut, and a master’s degree in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where her work focused on healthy policy and obesity mitigation strategies. After spending two years working in healthcare policy in Washington, DC, Anne returned to academia to complete her PhD at UBC. As a former Certified Athletic Trainer in the NCAA and avid exercise enthusiast, Anne maintains an ongoing passion for all things physically active.


Jean Buckler – PhD Student

Jean is from Victoria, BC, and completed her undergraduate there in Kinesiology, her masters at Dalhousie University and came to the University of British Columbia to pursue a PhD in Kinesiology. Jean’s research focused on the potential of training early childhood educators in physical literacy in order to enhance the opportunities children who attend childcare have to develop physical literacy and engage in physical literacy. Jean’s PhD was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Jean is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.


Renee Reimer- MSc Student

Renée received her BSc from McGill University in 2014 with a Major in Physiology and a Minor in Kinesiology. In pursuit of her passion for exercise physiology and the maintenance of mental and physical well-being, Renéecompleted her Master of Kinesiology at UBC. Her areas of interest include stress pathways and the impact of stress responses on inflammation, with a specific focus on the mitigating effects of physical activity on the body’s physiological response to psychological stressors.


Adam Caplin – MSc Student

Adam is a M.Sc student in UBC’s School of Kinesiology. He completed his B.A. & Sci. at McGIll University, majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in World Religions. Having worked in a neuropsychology lab throughout his undergrad, Adam has adapted his research focus and currently explores the relationship between physical activity and mental health in individuals experiencing adversity. He is passionate about using physical activity as a behavioral means to improve resiliency to stress and its harmful effects on the mind and body. Additionally, he wishes to investigate the neurobiological underpinnings that mediate the relationships between exercise, stress, and aging. In his spare time, Adam enjoys reading non-fiction (particularly history, sociology, and cultural studies), playing basketball, performing improv, and socializing. He bikes to school as much as possible and does not go a day without at least one coffee and several cups of tea.

Graduate Student Directed Studies

Angelo Graffos – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2019)

Undergraduate Student Directed Studies and Honors Theses

Wiebke Bartels – Undergraduate Honours Program (2017 – 2018)
Title: Heart rate variability recovery and stress responsivity to psychosocial stress following exercise at varying intensities.

Shaireen Casammeli – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2019)
Kerolos Daowd – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2019)
Yingying Zhao – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2018)
Nancy Rutherford – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2018)
Iris Xie – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2018)
Arbind Bhangu – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2018)
Phillip Do – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2017 – 2018)
Kristen Joy-Correll – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2017)
Micaela Dikhof – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2017 – 2018)
Melanie Mayude – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2017)
Andrea Wong – Directed Studies in Kinesiology (2016)

Current Projects

Acute Psychological Stress & Exercise Performance (APEX) Study

The APEX study will examine how performance during exercise is affected by an in-lab stressor. Previous research shows that exercise abilities are affected by behaviours, cognitive demands, and chronic stress. APEX will be the first study to investigate how acute stress impacts females’ capacity for aerobic exercise. APEX participants will be asked to attend the lab on two occasions:

(1) The first session will last approximately 90 minutes. You will be asked to fill out some brief questionnaires and then asked to complete a 15-minute time trial cycling test to measure your aerobic fitness status. During the test, you will be fitted with a heart rate monitor and strap fitted around the chest, and a mask that measures your respiration rate.

(2) The second session will last approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes and follow very similar procedures. You will be asked to participate in a short public speaking task, similar to a mock-job interview. Immediately following completion of this task, you will complete 8KM cycling time trials as fast as you can. Throughout this session, you will be asked to provide a total of 5 saliva samples per day and complete some brief questionnaires.

At the end of the study, you will receive an honorarium to reimburse you for your time, as well as your personal results from the time trials.

Recruiting: Yes

Project Lead(s): Luke Peddie, Eli Puterman


OMiCS represents a broad research initiative exploring the relationship between physical literacy (PL) in children and markers of biological health. The research seeks to expand on the literature surrounding the components of PL: physical competence, confidence, and motivation for being active, and determine whether any of these components can shift objective biomarkers of health (the “omics”). Employing emerging technologies from the field of personalized medicine, OMiCS will collect and analyze biological samples from a diverse group of children, which will allow researchers to determine what, if any, effect the components of physical literacy have on a child’s “omics”.

Recruiting: Yes

Project Lead(s): Anne Lasinsky, Sarah Koch, Eli Puterman


Completed Projects

Cortisol Affect and Perceived Exertion (CAPE) Study

The CAPE Study (Cortisol, Affect and Perceived Exertion) seeks to determine, how exercise influences our emotional and hormonal responses to varying intensities of exercise. To date, the research investigating the psychological and physiological responses to exercise remains largely independent; associations between changes in mood and hormonal output have been seldom explored. The CAPE Study aims to characterize the relationship between the psychological experiences associated with different exercise intensities and subsequent physiological responses at various time points throughout thirty minutes of aerobic exercise on a treadmill and seventy minutes of recovery.

Recruiting: No

Project Lead(s): Franziska Orthuber, Adam Caplin, Eli Puterman

Exercise And STress (EAST) Study

The EAST study aims to uncover whether a single bout of aerobic exercise can mitigate responses to an in-lab stressor. Research shows that leading an active lifestyle can reduce levels of psychological and biological stress in daily life. Less is known, however, regarding the effects of a single bout of exercise on the biological and psychological stress response. In this study, participants will perform various intensity exercise in our lab and then perform a brief public presentation; psychological assessments and biological samples from saliva are acquired in order to gauge individuals’ responses. The study aims to reveal psychobiological mechanisms that explain the complex relationship between exercise and stress.

Recruiting: No

Project Lead(s): Adam Caplin, Eli Puterman


Fitness Aging & Stress (FAST) Study

Principal Investigator: Eli Puterman, PhD

Co-Investigators: Kirsten Johansen, Elissa Epel, PhD, Richard Sloan, PhD, MD, Aric Prather, PhD,Martin Picard, PhD, Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, Jue Lin, PhD

Study Coordinator: Samantha Schilf
Sponsor: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Location: University of California, San Francisco FAST Lab

Recruiting: No

Since 2010, there has been a radical increase in the United States adult population that is providing critical care to a family member on an ongoing, daily basis. In just two years, the percent has increased from 29% to 39%. Research shows that care-giving often leads to both psychological and physical problems, and caregivers who care for family members with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-related disorders are the most affected.

The goal of this study will be to examine whether an aerobic activity training intervention will increase cellular health, improve exercise capacity and blood pressure, and decrease psychological distress over six months in 40 caregivers compared to 40 age-matched wait list control caregivers. is embarking on a study to explore the benefits of regular physical activity to caregivers of family members who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. We are hoping to examine how the stress-disease link can be broken when regular physical activity regimens are implemented. The research team will use new biological technologies to explore how regular exercise can increase cellular, physical and mental health. Currently, the research team is recruiting caregivers between the ages of 50-75 who provide ongoing care to a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia related disorder.

Stress, Lifestyle Across the Lifespan

Principal Investigators: Eli Puterman, PhD, Elissa Epel, PhD, Nancy Adler, PhD
Sponsors: MacArthur Network on SES and Health, NHLBI

Recruiting: No

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Aging support several longitudinal studies to examine the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage and psychosocial stress on the development of cardiovascular disease as well as other chronic diseases and early mortality over the lifespan. Several of these studies, such as the Midlife in the United States Study (MIDUS) and the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA) allow our team to examine whether maintenance of a healthy lifestyle can mitigate the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage on disease development.

With funding from the MacArthur Network on SES and Health, we have the great opportunity to examine in 1002 participants from the CARDIA Study whether socioeconomic and psychosocial stress over the life course impact telomere shortening from the age of 40 to 50.

If you are a researcher interested in knowing more about our data with telomeres in CARDIA, please contact Eli Puterman at

Be sure to check back often as many projects are Currently in the development phase.

Peer Reviewed Publications


  1. Koch S., Lasinksy A., Puterman E. (2019). Leveraging omics profiling to advance the treatment of pediatric obesity. JAMA Pediatrics, 173(10), 910-911. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.2740
  2. Cabeza de Baca, T., Prather, A.A., Lin, J., Sternfeld, B., Adler, N., Epel, E., Puterman, E. (in press). Chronic psychosocial and financial burden accelerates 5-year telomere shortening: Findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Molecular Psychiatry. doi:10.1038/s41380-019-0482-5
  3. Weatherson, K.A., Yun, L., Wunderlich, K., Puterman, E., Faulkner, G.E. (in press). Does ecological momentary assessment measure or cue sedentary behavior of adults during the workday. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
  4. Mayer, S.E., Prather, A.A., Puterman E., Lin, J., Arenander, J., Coccia, M., Shields, G.S., Slavich, G.M., Epel, E.S. (2019). Cumulative lifetime stress exposure and leukocyte telomere length attrition: The unique role of stressor duration and exposure timing. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 104, 210- 218. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.03.002
  5. Mason, A.E., Adler, J.M., Puterman, E., Lakmazaheri, A., Brucker, M., Aschbacher, K., Epel, E.S. (2019). Stress resiliency: Narrative identity may buffer the longitudinal effects of chronic caregiving stress on mental health and telomere shortening. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 77, 101-109. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2018.12.010


  1. Prather, A. A., Epel, E. S., Parra, E. P., Coccia, M., Puterman, E., Aiello, A. E., & Dhabhar, F. S. (2018). Associations between chronic caregiving stress and T cell markers implicated in immunosenescence. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
  2. Puterman, E., Weiss, J., Lin, J., Schilf, S., Slusher, A. L., Johansen, K. L., & Epel, E. S. (2018). Aerobic exercise lengthens telomeres and reduces stress in family caregivers: A randomized controlled trial-Curt Richter Award Paper 2018. Psychoneuroendocrinology98, 245-252.
  3. Epel, E. S., Crosswell, A. D., Mayer, S. E., Prather, A. A., Slavich, G. M., Puterman, E., & Mendes, W. B. (2018). More than a feeling: a unified view of stress measurement for population science. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology.
  4. Beauchamp, M. R., Puterman, E., & Lubans, D. R. (2018). Physical Inactivity and Mental Health in Late Adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry75(6), 543-544.
  5. Picard, M., Prather, A. A., Puterman, E., Cuillerier, A., Coccia, M., Aschbacher, K., … & Epel, E. S. (2018). A mitochondrial health index sensitive to mood and caregiving stress. Biological psychiatry.
  6. Felder, J. N., Epel, E. S., Coccia, M., Puterman, E., & Prather, A. A. (2018). Effects of daily maladaptive coping on nightly sleep in mothers. Psychology & Health33(1), 144-157.
  7. Pullman, A., Chen, M. Y., Zou, D., Hives, B. A., & Liu, Y. (2018). Researching multiple publics through latent profile analysis: Similarities and differences in science and technology attitudes in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Public Understanding of Science, 0963662518791902.
  8. Révész, D., Verhoeven, J. E., Picard, M., Lin, J., Sidney, S., Epel, E. S., … & Puterman, E. (2018). Associations between cellular aging markers and metabolic syndrome: findings from the CARDIA study. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism103(1), 148-157.


  1. Puterman E., Weiss J., Beauchamp M., Mogle J., Almeida D. (2017). Physical Activity and negative affective reactivity in daily life. Health Psychology. 36 (12)
  2. de Baca, T. C., Epel, E. S., Robles, T. F., Coccia, M., Gilbert, A., Puterman, E., & Prather, A. A. (2017). Sexual intimacy in couples is associated with longer telomere length. Psychoneuroendocrinology81, 46-51.
  3. Hagan M., Bush N., Mendes W., Arenander J., Cohodes E., Epel E.S., Puterman E. (2017). Associations between childhood adversity and emotion-focused coping in adulthood: Can differential susceptibility help explain this relationship? Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 32(2) 163- 175.
  4. Catalino L., Epel E., Arenander J., Puterman E. (2017). Trait acceptance predicts fewer daily negative emotions through less stressor-related rumination. Emotion, 17(8).
  5. Verhoeven, J. E., Révész, D., Picard, M., Epel, E. E., Wolkowitz, O. M., Matthews, K. A., … & Puterman, E. (2017). Depression, telomeres and mitochondrial DNA: between-and within-person associations from a 10-year longitudinal study. Molecular psychiatry, 23(4) 850-857.
  6. Aschbacher K., Milush J. M., Gilbert A., Almeida C., Sinclair E., Epling L., Grenon S. M., Marco E. J., Puterman E., & Epel E. S. (2017). Chronic stress is associated with reduced circulating hematopoietic progenitor cell number: A maternal caregiving model. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 59, 245-252.


  1. Puterman E, Gemmill A, Karasek D, Weir D, Adler NE, Prather AA, Epel, ES (in press). Lifespan adversity and later adulthood telomere length in the nationally representative U.S. Health and Retirement Study. PNAS.
  2. Aschbacher K, Milush JM, Gilbert A, Almeida C, Sinclair E, Epling L, Grenon SM, Marco EJ, Puterman E, Epel ES (in press). Chronic stress is associated with reduced circulating hematopoietic progenitor cell number: A maternal caregiving model. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
  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 (2016). Meditation and vacatation effects have an impact on disease-associated molecular phenotypes. Translational Psychiatry. 6, e880.
  4. Womack, V. Y., De Chavez, P. J., Albrecht, S. S., Durant, N., Loucks, E. B., Puterman, E., Redmond, N., Siddique, J., Williams, D. R., & Carnethon, M. R. (2016). A Longitudinal Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Development of Metabolic Syndrome: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(7), 867-873.
  5. Holtzman, S., Landis, L., Walsh, Z., Puterman, E., Roberts, D., & Saya-Moore, K. (2016). Predictors of HIV testing among men who have sex with men: A focus on men living outside major urban centres in CanadaAIDS Care, 28(6), 705-711.
  6. Lin, J., Cheon, J., Brown, R., Coccia, M., Puterman, E., Aschbacher, K., Sinclair, E., Epel, E., & Blackburn, E. H. (2016). Systematic and cell type-specific telomere length changes in subsets of lymphocytes. Journal of Immunology Research, 2016.
  7. Puterman, E., Prather, A. A., Epel, E. S., Loharuka, S., Adler, N. E., Laraia, B., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2016). Exercise mitigates cumulative associations between stress and BMI in girls age 10 to 19. Health Psychology, 35(2), 191.


  1. Verhoeven, J. E., van Oppen, P., Puterman, E., Elzinga, B., & Penninx, B. W. (2015). The association of early and recent psychosocial life stress with leukocyte telomere length. Psychosomatic Medicine, 77(8), 882-891.
  2. Mason, A. E., Laraia, B., Daubenmier, J., Hecht, F. M., Lustig, R. H., Puterman, E., Adler, N., Dallman, M., Kiernan, M., Gearhardt, A. N., & Epel, E. S. (2015). Putting the brakes on the “drive to eat”: Pilot effects of naltrexone and reward-based eating on food cravings among obese women. Eating Behaviors, 19, 53-56.


  1. Puterman, E, Lin, J, Krauss, J, Blackburn, EH, Epel, ES (2014). Determinants of telomere attrition over one year in healthy older women: Stress and health behaviors matter. Molecular Psychiatry. Advance online publication.
  2. Aschbacher, K, Kornfeld, S, Picard, M, Puterman, E, Havel, P, Stanhope, K, Lustig, R, Epel, ES (2014). Chronic Stress Increases Vulnerability to Diet-Related Abdominal Fat, Oxidative Stress,and Metabolic Risk. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 46, 14-22.
  3. Womack, VY, Ning, H, Lewis,CE, Loucks, EB, Puterman, E, Reis, J, Siddique, J, Sternfeld, B, Van Horn, L, Carnethon, MR. (2014). Relationship between perceived discrimination and sedentary behaviors in adults. American Journal of Health Behaviors, 38, 641-649.
  4. Prather, A, Puterman, E, Epel, E, & Dhabhar, FS (2014). Poor sleep quality potentiates stress-induced cytokine reactivity in postmenopausal women with high visceral abdominal adiposity. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 35, 155–62.
  5. Aschbacher, K., Kornfeld, S., Picard, M., Puterman, E., Havel, P. J., Stanhope, K., Lustig, R., & Epel, E. (2014). Chronic stress increases vulnerability to diet-related abdominal fat, oxidative stress, and metabolic risk. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 46, 14-22.


  1. Puterman, E, Epel, E, O’Donovan, A, Prather, A, Aschbacher, K, & Dhabhar, FS (2013). Anger is associated with increased IL-6 stress reactivity in women, but only among those low in social support. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication.
  2. Puterman, E, Haritatos, J, Schwartz, JE, Adler, NE, Sidney, S, & Epel, ES (2013). 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, 38 (12), 2883-2889.
  3. Puterman, E, Epel, ES, Blackburn, EH, Whooley, MA, & Cohen, B (2013). Multisystem resiliency moderates the major depression-telomere length association: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Brain,Behavior,and Immunity,33, 65-73
  4. Hudson, DL, Adler, NE, Puterman, E, Bibbins-Domingo, K, Kalra, P, & Matthews, K. (2013). Race, life course socioeconomic position, racial discrimination, depressive symptoms and self-rated health. Social Science & Medicine, 97, 7-14.
  5. Shalev, I, Entringer, S, Wadhwa, PD, Wolkowitz, OM, Puterman, E, Lin, J, Blackburn, EH, Epel, ES (2013). Stress and telomere biology: A lifespan perspective. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38,1835-42.
  6. Rawdin, B, Mellon, SH, Dhabhar, FS, Puterman, E, Epel, ES, Burke, HM, Reus, VI, Rosser, R, Nelson, JC, Wolkowitz, OM. (2013). Dysregulated Relationship of Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Major Depression. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 31, 143-152.
  7. Tomiyama, AJ, Puterman, E, Rehkof, D, Epel, E, & Laraia, B (2013). Chronic Psychological Stress and Racial Disparities in Weight Gain Between Black and White Girls Aged 10-19 in the National Growth and Health Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 3-12.


  1. Puterman E, Epel E. (2012). An intricate dance: Life experience, multisystem resiliency, and rate of telomere decline throughout the lifespan. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 807–825.
  2. Puterman E, Adler N, Matthews KA, Epel E (2012). Financial strain and impaired fasting glucose: The moderating role of physical activity in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 187-92.
  3. Epel, E, Puterman, E, Lin, J, Blackburn, E, Mendes, W (2012). Wandering minds and aging cells. Clinical Psychological Science, first published on November 15, 2012,
  4. O’Donovan A, Tomiyama AJ, Lin J, Puterman E, Adler N, Kemeny M, Wolkowitz O, Blackburn E, Epel E (2012). Stress appraisals and cellular aging: A key role for anticipatory threat in the relationship between psychological stress and telomere length. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26,
  5. Tomiyama, AJ, Schamarek, I, Lustig, R, Kirschbaum, C, Puterman, E, Havel, P, & Epel, E (2012). Leptin concentrations in response to acute stress predict subsequent intake of comfort foods. Physiology and Behavior, 107, 34-39.
  6. Tomiyama AJ, O’Donovan A, Lin J, Puterman E, Lazaro A, Chan J, Dhabar F, Wolkowitz O, Kirschbaum C, Blackburn E, Epel E. (2012). Does cellular aging relate to patterns of allostasis? An examination of basal and stress reactive HPA axis activity and telomere length. Physiology and Behavior, 106, 40-45.
  7. Aschbacher K, Epel E, Wolkowitz OM, Prather AA, Puterman E, Dhabhar FS. (2012). Maintenance of a positive outlook during acute stress protects against pro-inflammatory reactivity and future depressive symptoms. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26, 346-52.


  1. Puterman E, O’Donovan A, Adler NE, Tomiyama AJ, Kemeny M, Wolkowitz OM, Epel E. (2011). Physical activity moderates stressor-induced rumination on acute cortisol reactivity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73, 604-11.
  2. Hagedoorn M, Dagan M, Puterman E, Hoff C, Meijerink WJ, Delongis A, Sanderman R (2011). Relation­ship satisfaction in couples confronted with colorectal cancer: the interplay of past and current spousal support. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34, 288-97.
  3. O’Donovan A, Pantell M, Puterman E, Dhabhar FS, Blackburn EH, Yaffe K, Cawthon RM, Opresko PL, Hsueh WC, Satterfield S, Newman AB, Ayonayon HN, Rubin SM, Harris T & Epel ES for the Health Aging and Body Composition Study (2011). Cumulative inflammatory load is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. PLoS ONE; 6, e19687.
  4. Lee-Flynn SC, Pomaki G, Delongis A, Biesanz JC, Puterman E (2011). Daily cognitive appraisals, daily affect, and long-term depressive symptoms: the role of self-esteem and self-concept clarity in the stress process. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 255-68.
  5. Hagedoorn M, Puterman E, Sanderman R, Wiggers T, Baas PC, van Haastert M, Delongis A (2011). Is self-disclosure in couples coping with cancer associated with improvement in depressive symptoms? Health Psychology, 30, 753-62.
  6. Tomfohr LM, Murphy ML, Miller GE, Puterman E (2011). Multiwave associations between depressive symptoms and endothelial function in adolescent and young adult females. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73, 456-61.
  7. Krauss J, Farzaneh-Far R, Puterman E, Na B, Lin J, Epel E, Blackburn E, Whooley MA (2011). Physical fitness and telomere length in patients with coronary heart disease: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. PLoS One, 6, e26983.
  8. Prather AA, Puterman E, Lin J, O’Donovan A, Krauss J, Tomiyama AJ, Epel ES, Blackburn EH. (2011). Shorter leukocyte telomere length in midlife women with poor sleep quality. Journal of Aging Research, 721390.


  1. Puterman E & DeLongis A & Pomaki G (2010). Protecting us from ourselves: A multilevel analysis of the role of social support in rumination. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. 29, 797-820.
  2. Puterman E, Lin J, Blackburn E, O’Donovan A, Adler N & Epel E (2010). The power of exercise: Buffering the effect of chronic stress on telomere length. PLoS One. 5, e10837.
  3. Epel ES, Lin J, Dhabhar FS, Wolkowitz OM, Puterman E, Karan L, Blackburn EH (2010). Dynamics of telomerase activity in response to acute psychological stress. Brain Behavior & Immunity, 24(4):531-9.
  4. DeLongis A, Holtzman S, Puterman E & Lam M (2010). Spousal Support and Dyadic Coping in Times of Stress. In K. Sullivan & J. Davila (Eds.), Support Processes in Intimate Relationships (pp. 153-174)). New York: Oxford Press.


  1. Puterman E, DeLongis A, Lee-Baggley D & Greenglass E (2009). Coping and health behaviors in times of health crises: Lessons from SARS and West Nile. Global Public Health, 4, 69-81.
  2. Lam M, Lehman A, Puterman E & DeLongis A (2009). Spouse depression and disease course among persons with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care and Research, 61, 1011-17.
  3. Byrd-O’Brien T, DeLongis A, Pomaki G, Puterman E & Zwicker A (2009). Couples coping with stress: The role of empathic responding. European Psychologist, 14, 18-28.
  4. DeLongis A & Puterman E (2007). Coping skills. In G. Fink, Encyclopedia of Stress, Second edition (pp. 578-584). Oxford: Academic Press.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Postdoctoral Research Fellows interested in pursuing research with Dr. Puterman may apply for a position. In order to be considered, applicants should contact Dr. Puterman with a cover letter and a copy of their curriculum vitae or resume at

Postdoctoral Research Fellows are expected to apply for funding from the most relevant branch of the Tri-Agency Funding (SSHRCC, NSERC, or CIHR) and/or other organizations.

Graduate Research Positions

Graduate students interested in pursuing research with Dr. Puterman may apply for a position. Dr. Puterman is currently accepting highly qualified students for the MA or MSc programs. In order to be considered, applicants should contact the lab with a cover letter, unofficial transcript, and a copy of their curriculum vitae or resume at

Funding may be available through grants and teaching assistantships.

Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) Volunteer Positions

The FAST Lab is currently searching for volunteers for studies that are currently in the planning process. Students will be asked to commit approximately 8-10 hours per week to both applied research and administrative lab work. Undergraduates may receive specialized training in health research methodology and statistical analysis procedures.

Contact Information: Any students interested should contact Luke Peddie with a cover letter, unofficial transcript, and a copy of their resume at

Posting Expiration Date: October 31, 2019

Killam Connection

Killam Connection: Healthy Aging from Cells to Societies will tackle the complexities of healthy aging across the lifespan and support the training of future scientists in developing practical skills in translating scientific knowledge to successfully engage the public. In this graduate course and seminar series, healthy aging will be explored through these lenses – through an examination of the ground-breaking research on cellular, social, cultural, behavioural, structural, and environmental factors that intersect to predict how long and well we live, both physically and mentally.

Each emeritus professor in the course will be asked to partner with a student to collaborate on a knowledge product – a short documentary film – about healthy aging.

Each student/professor pair will be asked to identify a research question about healthy aging that is of interest and is meaningful to both members of the pair. Students will then be expected to review the literature around this research question and develop a key message that the pair believes needs to be communicated to society about older adults and aging. Each pair will work at UBC Studios to develop a short, maximum 5-minute video that communicates the message. These videos will be presented at a final screening night to which the Emeritus College and students in the course will be asked to attend.

Expectations of emeritus professors are that (1) professors attend an opening event for the course to meet the students and be matched with one; (2) professors meet with the matched student to discuss and decide their research question; (3) meet at least two times throughout the semester to provide direction, support, and questions to the student to help guide the material; and (4) attend the final session at UBC Studios for the recording of the film. Emeritus faculty will also be asked to attend a final screening event of the videos.

If you are interested in participating in the course and partnering with a student, please contact the course leader and Canada Research Chair, Eli Puterman, at

Invited national and international speakers providing seminar and public lectures included Drs. Lloyd Minor (topic: precision medicine and health; Dean of Medicine, Stanford University), Rachel Yehuda (topic: intergenerational trauma and resiliency; Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Evan Adams (topic: self-determination and aging; Chief Medical Officer for the First Nation Health Authority), Catrin Tudor Locke (topic: physical activity and aging; Associate Dean of Research and Administration, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts) and David Rehkopf (topic: social and behavioural determinants of health and aging; Faculty of Medicine, Stanford University).

Local faculty providing graduate lectures include Drs. Michael Kobor (Medical Genetics, UBC-V), Heather Gainforth (School of Health and Exercise Science – UBC-O), Eva Oberle (School of Population and Public Health, UBC-V), Lyana Patrick, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University), Rachel Murphy (School of Population and Public Health, UBC-V), Laura Hurd (School of Kinesiology, UBC-V).

A course syllabus will be completed in the next week or two, and will be circulated accordingly.

More information about The Killam Connection program: The Killam Connection program provides up to $25,000 to enable UBC faculty to host an innovative and interdisciplinary research forum and graduate course focused around a theme of general interest and public importance. The purpose of this grant is to provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to engage with leading scholars on matters of importance. The grant is also meant for students to gain experience developing and possibly implementing scholarly projects that have a public impact.

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