Dr. Elek is a Court Research Associate in the Research Division of the NCSC. Her work at the NCSC includes projects on judicial performance evaluation, problem-solving courts, offender risk and needs assessment, and gender, racial, and ethnic fairness in the courts. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology with a concentration in quantitative methods from Ohio University, an M.A. from the College of William and Mary, and a B.A. from Vassar College.