Laurel Mellin, PhD

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Associate Clinical Professor
Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Emotional Brain Training Center of Excellence

Laurel Mellin, PhD, is a health psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF. She is the founder of emotional brain training (EBT), a method of rewiring the emotional brain to decrease allostatic load as an emerging brain-based paradigm in health care ( The method is an integration of neuroscience, attachment theory, evolutionary biology, and stress physiology. She collaborates with researchers in the Center for Health and Community at UCSF as well as with researchers at Weill-Cornell Medical College in exploring stress and obesity interventions for underserved populations. She directs the Institute for Health Solutions, a non-profit organization that certifies licensed health professionals in the clinical practice of EBT ( She has developed pediatric obesity interventions including the Shapedown Program (, and wrote theNational Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Obesity. Her research interests include stress, allostatic load, addictions, obesity, depression, and the treatment of stress related conditions, with particular emphasis on the underserved.

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Phone: 415-457-0905/415-272-4077
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