Dr. Holt-Lunstad is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Brigham Young University, where she runs the Social Connection and Health Research Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Her research focuses on consequences of social isolation and loneliness, with particular emphasis on increased mortality risk, as well as on the role of social support. As a worldwide authority in the field of health and loneliness, dr Holt-Lunstad provided expert testimony in a US Congressional Hearing. She also gave her expertise in many governmental, as well as non-governmental projects, including US Surgeon General Emotional Well-Being in America Initiative, UK Cross Departmental Loneliness Team and Australian Coalition to End Loneliness, Foundation for Art and Healing, United Healthcare, Rural Aging and AARP (American Association for Retired Persons). Dr Holt-Lunstad is a fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and American Psychosomatic Society. In 2013 APA awarded her with a George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology. She also received Citation Award for Excellence in Research from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Marjorie Pay Hinkley Endowed Chair Research Award. Dr Holt-Lunstad has authored over 100 research articles on health psychology, loneliness, social disconnection and stress and published in the leading JCR journals including Annual Review of Psychology, Perspectives on Psychological Science and PloS medicine. She is an author of influential speeches and lectures, along with TED talks. Her work has been highlighted by the major media outlets, including the BBC list 100 Breakthrough Health Discoveries in 2015, New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Scientific American, This American Life, and The Today Show.