Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Necka received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Her research focused on the role of social and interpersonal factors on health and cognition and on psychophysiological regulation of social behavior. Prior to joining the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institutes on Aging (NIA), Dr. Necka was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and served as a program officer in the Division of Translational Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where she managed a portfolio of grants on the behavioral science of mental disorders and aging. Dr. Necka has served as a representative to the Office of Basic and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) and coordinator of the NIH Intramural Affective Neuroscience Seminar. At NIA, Dr. Necka directs a portfolio of basic and translational research focused on interpersonal relationships in healthy aging and well-being, with particular emphasis on dyadic interactions and informal caregiving. Her portfolio also includes research on aging-related processes in pain, social disconnection, and social cognition.