Esther Sternberg, MD

Inaugural Andrew Weil Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine, the University of Arizona
Headshot of SXSW Speaker Esther Sternberg


De-Stress Your Environment and Your Life

Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m.
Rooftop Stage


Dr. Esther Sternberg and Dr. Rocky Crocker will discuss a framework for embedding integrative health into the built environment, starting with a conversation about how each began to work in the area of integrative health and the built environment. Learn about the importance of lifestyle in health and wellbeing and the 7 “core areas”, or domains of integrative health through clear examples. Find out how the built environment can be designed to foster and support each domain. Both experts will touch on the importance of integrative health and designing the built environment to support it, specifically, post-COVID. Take a peek into the future of the field, and some practical tips to incorporate integrative health principles into your everyday life to de-stress and get healthier.


Esther M. Sternberg, MD, is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain's stress response on health: the science of the mind-body interaction. She received her MD and trained in rheumatology at McGill University in Montreal and was on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., before joining the National Institutes of Health in 1986.

She has written numerous scientific publications in leading scientific journals and authored the book The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions. Sternberg lectures nationally and internationally to both lay and scientific audiences, including appearances at the Smithsonian Institution and the Nobel Forum in Stockholm, Sweden.