Jennifer Elek

Dr. Jennifer K. Elek is a Senior Court Research Associate at the National Center for State Courts. Her research includes work on systems of judicial professional development; on evidence-based pretrial and sentencing practices, including the use of risk and needs assessment instruments as decision aids; and on strategies to promote fairness and address racial and ethnic disparities in the courts. Elek was the 2018 recipient of the NCSC Staff Excellence award and the 2012 recipient of the NCSC Jeanne A. Ito staff award. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology.

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