Julianne Holt-Lunstad

Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a psychologist at Brigham Young University.[1] She is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and Association for Psychological Science.


Holt-Lunstad specializes in psychology and neuroscience.[2][3] Her research focuses on the long-term health effects of social connections and includes a meta-analysis on the effects of loneliness and social isolation on mortality.[4][5] That research has linked loneliness to deteriorating health.[6]

Holt-Lunstad was the first US-based researcher to publish studies connecting poor social support to morbidity.[7]

As a result of her in-depth research, Holt-Lunstad was selected to serve as a scientific advisor for the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness in 2017.[8] She has also been called to testify in front of the United States Congress Special Committee on Aging regarding her research.[7][9]

In 2018, Holt-Lunstad was awarded BYU's Karl G. Maeser Research & Creative Arts Award.[10] She is also a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science.[11]


  1. ^ "Popular People Live Longer". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  2. ^ "Nobody likes to admit being lonely, but you should". USA Today. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  3. ^ "To Counter Loneliness, Find Ways to Connect". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  4. ^ "You Can Be Surrounded by People and Still Be Lonely". Bottom Line Publications. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  5. ^ "Epidemic of Loneliness: Julianne Holt-Lunstad & Tim Bono". Spark Conversations Podcast. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  6. ^ "Our elders are lonely do we care?". Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  7. ^ a b Frame, Shelby (October 18, 2017). "Julianne Holt-Lunstad Probes Loneliness, Social Connections". apa.org. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "Scientific Advisory Committee". endloneliness.com. June 14, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Jon McBride (September 7, 2017). "BYU professor is spearheading big changes in how the world views social relationships and loneliness". news.byu.edu/. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences - Fall 2018" (PDF). fhss.byu.edu. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Biography". socialhealth.byu.edu. Retrieved April 5, 2019.