Fitness, Aging, & Stress Lab

Welcome to the FAST Lab

Using observational and experimental designs, including large national datasets, randomized controlled trials (RCT), laboratory studies, and daily process methodologies, the FAST Lab’s research program is designed to tackle fundamental questions that will advance our understanding of physical activity as an acceptable and potent treatment for vulnerable children and adults, in order to improve the health of Canadians. Our research program aims to (1) develop and/or test intervention strategies that are tailored to the contexts, needs, and preferences of individuals and groups and that maximize acceptance, uptake, and maintenance, and (2) examine the effects of these treatment strategies on traditional and novel health markers, as well as mental and social wellbeing. By continuing our investigations into novel biological markers and mental and social wellbeing, we will advance scientific insights into potentially important mediators of intervention effects in children and adults that can serve as future targets for interventionists and policy advocates and strategists.

Welcome to the FAST Lab!

– Eli Puterman, PhD




Meet the people behind FAST Lab!

Current Lab Members

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.

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, s

ocial, 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 (he, him, his) 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

In 2019, Joshua completed his 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, he completed a BSc. in Chemistry (Major) and Biochemistry (Minor). He is an aspiring sports focused physician, with interests in holistic medical practices and research focusing on the interplay of stress, exercise and disease. His proposed MSc research will examine the impact of exercise on cortisol responses to a subsequent psychosocial or physical stressor.

Nikol Grishin -  Lab Coordinator

Nikol recently completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, with a specialization in Health Science’s from UBC. She will be entering her first year of the MSc program at UBC in September under the supervision of Dr.Bill Sheel. Outside of the lab, Nikol enjoys attending spin class, playing volleyball and basketball, and spending time with friends and family.


Sarah Koch – Post Doctoral Fellow

Anne Lasinsky – Post Doctoral Fellow

Jean Buckler – PhD Student

Renee Reimer- MSc Student

Adam Caplin – MSc Student

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

Covid-19 Pandemic and Exercise (COPE) Trial

Physical distancing in response to COVID-19 is having significant negative effects on the mental health of adults across the globe. The British Columbia Provincial Health Authority recommends “staying active” and “taking up a relaxation practice” as strategies to deal with the mental health impacts. With most fitness centres currently closed by mandate across the country, becoming physically active during the COVID-19 pandemic could prove to be a challenge for individuals who are typically inactive, those mandated to stay-at-home, or those who do not have opportunities to access outdoor spaces that provide the recommended two meters of distance between people. Thus, we seek to support Canadians currently living in cities where physical distancing is strongly recommended with access to mobile apps that provide opportunities to be physically active in the home environment. In the current project, we will examine the individual and combined effects of high intensity interval training and yoga (two activities requiring little space at home) on the mental health of Canadians aged 18-64 years currently physically distancing. We will deliver the intervention via a widely accessible app platform called Down Dog (investigators declare no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise with Down Dog company). This study will provide insights into actions governments can execute in the current and future pandemics to support mental health of all citizens.

Recruiting: No

Project Lead(s): Eli Puterman, Nicole Mazara, Ben Hives

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: No

Project Lead(s): Luke Peddie, Eli Puterman

Stress, Lifestyle Across the Lifespan

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 Health and Retirement Study, Midlife in the United States Study (MIDUS), and the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA), allow our team to examine the impact of social and behavioural factors on health and disease.

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


Completed Projects


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”.


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.

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.



Fitness Aging & Stress (FAST) Study

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.


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

Peer Reviewed Publications


  1. Hives, B.A., Buckler, E.J., Weiss, J., Schilf, S., Johansen, K.L., Epel, E.S., & Puterman, E. (2020). The effects of aerobic exercise on psychological functioning in family caregivers: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Annals of Behavioural Medicine, 20, 1-12. doi:10.1093/abm/kaaa031
  2. Cabeza de Baca, T., Prather, A.A., Lin, J., Sternfeld, B., Adler, N., Epel, E.S., & Puterman, E. (2020). Chronic psychosocial and financial burden accelerates 5-year telomere shortening: Findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Molecular Psychiatry, 25(5), 1141-1153. doi:10.1038/s41380-019- 0482-5
  3. Crosswell A.D., Suresh, M., Puterman, E., Gruenewald, T.L., Lee, J., & Epel, E.S. (2020). Advancing research on psychosocial stress and aging with the health and retirement study: Looking back to launch the field forward. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 75(5), 970-980. doi:10.1093/geronb/gby106
  4. Ruissen, G.R., Liu, Y., Schmader, T., Lubans, D.R., Harden, S.M., Wolf, S.A., Rhodes, R.E., Dunlop, W.L., Puterman, E., Zumbo, B.D., & Beauchamp, M.R. (2020). Effects of group-based exercise on flourishing and stigma consciousness among older adults: Findings from a randomised controlled trial. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. doi:10.1111/aphw.12197
  5. Chae, D.H., Wang, Y., Martz, C.D., Slopen, N., Yip, T., Adler, N.E., Fuller-Rowell, T.E., Lin, J., Matthews, K.A., Brody, G.H., Spears, E.C., Puterman, E., & Epel, E.S. (2020) Racial discrimination and telomere shortening among African Americans: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Health Psychology, 39(3), 209-219. doi:10.1037/hea0000832
  6. McIntyre, K.M., Puterman, E., Scodes, J.M., Choo, T.-H., Choi, C.J., Pavlicova, M., & Sloan, R.P. (2020). The effects of aerobic training on subclinical negative affect: A randomized controlled trial. Health Psychology, 39(4), 255-264. doi:10.1037/hea0000836


  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. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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

We are not currently accepting URA volunteers at this time.

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