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Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Q: What is your area of research?

A: The impact of social relationships on physical health, and biological mechanisms.

Q: What is exciting in your work right now?

A: I am working with the National Academy of Sciences on a Consensus Committee report that will hopefully help shape medical practice and policy in the US.

Q: When I am not teaching awesome Neuroscience classes I like to...

A: be outside! In the winter I like to ski, when it is warmer I like to hike, and when I'm outside of Utah I like to snorkel.

Q: One interesting fact about me is...

A: I was rejected the first time I applied to BYU as a student!

Q: The coolest thing my lab has done is...

A: establish social isolation and loneliness as independent risk factors for mortality.

Q: My favorite book about the brain is...

A: Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect by Matthew Lieberman.