Associate Clinical Professor of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco

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 self-directed neuroplasticity to treat overeating, obesity, diabetes, anxiety, addiction, and depression. The mission of EBT.ORG is to empower people to rewire problems quickly, then turn their attention to encoding in their brain wires that promote joy. The brain is "lopsided" and focuses on problems until we change our emotional set point. Dr. Mellin's approach is to rewire the four circuits that cause the brain to be preoccupied with stress, then encode seven circuits that promote joy through higher purpose: sanctuary, authenticity, vibrancy, integrity, intimacy, spirituality and freedom. With a new set point in joy, stress chemicals, reward chemicals, and inflammation improve. Her method is an integration of neuroscience, attachment theory, evolutionary biology, and stress physiology and is evidence-based.

Dr. Mellin is a New York Times bestselling author and speaks widely on how people can take control of their lives by stopping self-blame and using simple tools to rewire issues and problems. Her popular "It's just a wire!" talks help audiences think differently and take action about overeating, drinking too much, depression, relationship problems, and work stalls. She teaches EBT to faculty, staff and medical students at the University of California ( and works with the EBT team to make the tools accessible through web-based applications and certifies health professionals to deliver EBT through remote services in the United States and globally.


  • –present
    Associate Clinical Professor of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics , University of California, San Francisco