Dr. Jennifer K. Elek is a Senior Court Research Associate in the Research Division of the NCSC, where she has worked since 2010. She currently directs projects on the use of evidence-based policies and practices in sentencing and community corrections, judicial skills and professional development, and implicit bias and fairness in the courts. She is also co-principal investigator on an international collaboration with the Judicial Research Project at Flinders University in Australia studying the role of emotion in judicial work. Other research has focused on offender risk/needs assessment, pretrial justice reform, problem-solving courts, and judicial performance evaluation in the states. Dr. Elek was the 2012 recipient of the NCSC Jeanne A. Ito staff award. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology.