Specializations

  • Scientific dissent decision making
  • Digital communities
  • Social networking sites

Biography

Kolina Koltai is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for an Informed Public (CIP) at the University of Washington. She studies how groups’ use of sociotechnical systems affects decision making and information behavior. She researches information-seeking behaviors, trust assessment of information (and misinformation), and decision making with a focus on when people dissent from the scientific mainstream (e.g., vaccine dissent). She specifically focuses on how social networking sites and digital communities interact with information behavior practices.

Koltai received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. She has previously worked in HCI and user experience researcher positions in government and industry labs.

Education

  • Ph D, Information Studies, The University of Texas , 2020
  • BA, Psychology & Asian American Studies, California State University, 2012

Awards

  • University Graduate Continuing Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin, 2018-2019
  • Dissertation Writing Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin, 2019
  • Professional Development Award - The University of Texas at Austin, 2019
  • Beonine Muse Scholarship - The University of Texas at Austin, 2017-2018
  • William and Margaret Kilgarlin Endowed Scholarship - The University of Texas at Austin, 2017-2018
  • Doctoral Consortium Fellow - Association of Information Science and Technology Annual Conference, 2018
  • Graduate School Summer Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • Graduate Student Poster Award (Runner up) - St. David’s CHPR Conference, 2018
  • Professional Development Award - The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
  • Dr. Lee-hsai Hsu Ting Endowed Graduate Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin, 2015-2017
  • Best Article of the Year in Ergonomics in Design, 2017
  • Professional Development Award - The University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Vara Martin Daniel Regents Professorship in Libraries, Archives, and Information Studies Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) Fellowship - California State University, Northridge, 2013-2014
  • Graduate Equity Fellowship - California State University, Northridge, 2013
  • Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Graduate Travel Award - SPSP, 2013

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Understanding Online Trust and Information Behavior Using Demographics and Human Values (2019)
    Understanding Online Trust and Information Behavior Using Demographics and Human ValuesInformation in Contemporary Society: iConference 2019 Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Page 654-665 Authors: N. Verma, K. R. Fleischmann, Kolina Koltai
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Applying Social Network Analysis to Help Identify the Social Support Needs of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors (2018)
    Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Volume 7, Page 181-186 Authors: Kolina Koltai, C. Walsh, B. Jones, B. Berkelaar
  • Conference Paper
    Demographic Factors and Trust in Different News Sources (2018)
    Proceedings of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Page 524-533 Authors: N. Verma, K. R. Fleischmann, Kolina Koltai
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    End-of-Life Decision Making by Family Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Dementia: A Literature Review of Decision Aids (2018)
    SAGE Open Medicine, Volume 6, Page 1-9 Authors: B. Xie, A. Berkley , J. Kwak, K.R. Fleischmann, J. Champion, Kolina Koltai
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Race Signaling Features: Identifying Markers of Racial Prototypicality among Asians, Blacks, Latinos, and Whites (2018)
    Social Cognition , Volume 36, Page 603-625 Authors: D. Ma, Kolina Koltai, R. McManus, A. Bernhardt, J. Correll, B. Wittenbrink
  • Conference Paper
    Humans Values and Trust in Scientific Journals, Mainstream News, and Fake News (2017)
    Proceedings of the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Page 426-435 Authors: N. Verma, K. R. Fleischmann, Kolina Koltai
  • Conference Paper
    Questioning Science with Science: The Evolution of the Vaccine Safety Movement (2017)
    Proceedings of the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology Authors: Kolina Koltai, K. R. Fleischmann
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    A Trust-Based Analysis of an Air Force Collision Avoidance System: Test Pilots (2016)
    Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, Volume 24, Issue 1, Page 9-12 Authors: J.B. Lyons, Nhut Ho, Kolina Koltai, G. Masequesmay, M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin, W. Johnson
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Engineering Trust in Complex Automated Systems (2016)
    Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, Volume 24, Issue 1, Page 13-17 Authors: J. Lyons, Kolina Koltai, N. Ho, W. Johnson, D. Smith, J. Shively
  • Conference Paper
    Shaping trust through transparent design: Theoretical and experimental guidelines (2016)
    Advances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, Page 127-136 Authors: J. Lyons, G. Sadler, Kolina Koltai, H. Battiste, N. Ho, L. Hoffmann, D. Smith, W. Johnson, R. Shively
  • Conference Paper
    Evaluation of a recommender system for single pilot operations (2015)
    rocedia Manufacturing: Vol. 3. 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated Conferences, Page 3070-3077 Authors: Q. Dao, Kolina Koltai, S. Cals, S. Brandt, J. Lachter, M. Matessa, D. Smith, V. Battiste, W. Johnson
  • Technical Report
    Trust-based analysis of an Air Force Collision Avoidance System (AFRL-RH-WP-TP-2015-0030) (2015)
    Authors: J. B. Lyons, N. T. Ho, G. Masequesmay, Kolina Koltai, W. W. Johnson , M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin
  • Conference Paper
    An Extended Case Study Methodology for Investigating Influence of Cultural, Organizational, and Automation Factors on Human-Automation Trust (2014)
    CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association of Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) , Page 885-888 Authors: Kolina Koltai, N. Ho, G. Masequesmay, D. Niedober, M. Skoog, W. Johnson , A. Cacanindin, J. Lyons
  • Technical Report
  • Conference Paper
    Influence of Cultural, Organizational, and Automation Capability Factors on Human- Automation Trust: A Case Study of Auto-GCAS Engineers and Developmental History (2014)
    Human-Computer Interaction: Application and Services: Vol. 8512. 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction , Page 473-484 Authors: D. Niedober, N. Ho, Kolina Koltai, G. Masequesmay, M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin, W. Johnson , J. Lyons
  • Conference Paper
    Influence of Cultural, Organizational, and Automation Capability on Human Automation Trust: A Case Study of Auto-GCAS Experimental Test Pilots. (2014)
    International Conference on Human Computer Interaction in Aerospace, Page 1-10 Authors: Kolina Koltai, N. Ho, G. Msequesmay, D. Niedober, M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin, W. Johnson , J. Lyons

Presentations

  • Working with the Anti-vaccine community (2020)
    Science Talk - Portland, OR
  • Anti-vax or vaccine safety advocate: Value systems of vaccine dissent (2019)
    3rd Annual Graduate Research Showcase - Austin, TX
  • Ethical Concerns for the Future of Face Recognition Technology and Policy (2019)
    Good Systems: Ethical AL for CSCW Workshop, 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Austin, TX
  • Human Values and Scientific Controversies: Studying Vaccine Attitudes on Social Networking Sites (2019)
    Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme - Oxford, England
  • Online Health Communities and AI: Promise and Concerns (2019)
    Good Systems: Ethical AL for CSCW Workshop, 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Austin, TX
  • The Vaccine-Opposed Movement Online: Representation of Alternative Scientific Beliefs (2019)
    Social Science Research Council’s Race, Gender, and Toxicity Online Research Workshop - Austin, TX
  • Human values and end-of-life decision making: Results from a pilot study of dementia caregivers (2018)
    82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - Vancouver, Canada
  • Questioning Science with Science: The Evolution of the Vaccine Safety Movement (2018)
    St. David’s CHPR Conference - Austin, TX
  • Understanding the Information Experience of Fake News (2018)
    SIG-USE Research Symposium on the Social Informatics of Knowledge, Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - Vancouver, Canada
  • Entitled to your own facts: The social informatics of knowledge in the era of fake news (2017)
    SIG-SI Research Symposium on the Social Informatics of Knowledge, Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - Crystal City, VA
  • Interpreting Information and Decision Making (2017)
    Slack, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
  • An Ethnographic-Based Model for Trust Development in Auto-GCAS. (2015)
    American Psychological Association Annual Convention - Toronto, Canada
  • Transparency in an Automated Recommender System for Emergency Landings. (2015)
    American Psychological Association Annual Convention - Toronto, Canada
  • The Relationship Between Sexism and Objectification of Sexualized Male and Female Targets (2014)
    15th Annual Convention of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology - Austin, TX