Brenda K. Uekert (Ph.D.), Principal Court Research Consultant at the National Center for State Courts, has worked extensively in the areas of elder issues, domestic violence, and problem-solving courts. She is the founder and director of NCSC’s Center for Elders and the Courts — a national resource to the courts on aging issues, elder abuse and guardianship. Dr. Uekert is the author of the Elder Abuse Toolkits for prosecutors and courts and served as the Research Director on the National Probate Court Standards project. She directed the development of a multidisciplinary distance-learning course, Justice Responses to Elder Abuse, and is currently leading a national effort to modernize and improve conservatorship processes. Dr. Uekert staffs the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators Joint Committee on Elder and the Courts. She is on the advisory board of the National Center on Elder Abuse and is the 2016 recipient of “the Isabella” award from the National College of Probate Judges in recognition of her achievements in the field of guardianships. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University.