Ellis, Katrina

Assistant Professor
Psychology, School of

Educational Background

B.S., Psychology (Mathematics Minor), Michigan Technological University 2008

M.S., Cognitive Psychology / Human Factors, Kansas State University 2012

Ph.D., Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, Michigan Technological University 2015

Recognition & Awards

Teaching Awards
Spring 2014 Michigan Technological University’s 2014 Nominee for the MAGS Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. Sponsored by the Midwestern Association for Graduate Schools.

Fall 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award, Graduate Student Teaching Award, Cognitive and Learning Sciences Department, Michigan Technological University

Research and Leadership Awards
Spring 2013 Honorable mention for Hyde Graduate Student Research Grant Application, Society for the Psychology of Women

Fall 2012 Traditions of Giving Fellowship, Michigan Technological University, Alumni Association

Spring 2012 Best Graduate Student Poster – 1st Place Award, Great Plains Student Conference, St. Joseph, MO.

Spring 2007 Woman of Promise Award, Michigan Technological University

Current Courses

Research Methods and Statistics II

Human Cognition: Theory and Application

Professional Experience

Dr. Ellis has reviewed manuscripts for Current HIV research. She has served as a judge for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Previously, Dr. Ellis was President of the Humane Interface Design Enterprise for which she oversaw a student-run research and development team responsible for fulfilling contracts with industry partners.

Current Research

Dr. Ellis' primary research and teaching interests are in the cognitive and decision sciences, including human factors, cognitive development, and individual differences. Her research specialization is in Health Decision Making with emphasis on assessment, quantitative modeling, and decision education (e.g., risk communication, decision aids, inclusion and health disparities, heuristics and biases, medical decision making, numeracy and STEM education).

Selected Publications

Ellis, K. M. & Brase, G. (2015). Communicating HIV results to low-risk individuals: Still hazy after all these years. Current HIV Research, 13(5), 381-390.

Loschky, L. C., Ringer, R., Ellis, K. M., & Hansen, B. C. (2015). Broadening the horizons of scene gist recognition: A comparison of aerial and terrestrial views. Journal of Vision, 15(6):11, 1-29.

Ellis, K. M., Cokely, E. T., Ghazal, S. & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2014). Do people understand their home HIV test results? Risk literacy and information search. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 58, 1323-1327.

Ellis, K. M., Norman, C., Van der Merwe, A., & Jeon, M. (2013). Increasing patient compliance and satisfaction with physical therapy web-based applications. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 57, 1531-1535.

Helton, W.S. & Ellis, K. (2008). Human judgments of stress state in performance settings. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 52, 907-911.