Your browser version is outdated. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version.


My Google Scholar page is here: Kristina Doing-Harris, PhD 


Positions and Employment


2016-current:         Consultant: Qualitative research and ontology development

                                 KDH-NLP Consulting

                                 Contracted to Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah


2015-2017:              Adjunct Faculty Instructor

                                Westminster College, Psychology & Computer Science Departments

CS 301 – Artificial Intelligence (Python); Psych 209 – Cognitive Psychology; Psych 105 - Introduction to Psychology; MSMHC 612 – Statistics and Research Design; CS 201 - Introduction to Programming in Java


2012-2015:             Research Scientist, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah,

Research Health Science Specialist, Salt Lake City Department of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City, UT

Mining free text comments in patient satisfaction surveys (PI: Mike Conway) – Assisting in the development of a Python system to analyze patient satisfaction comments to monitor and improve satisfaction.

Fair Code (PI: John Hurdle) – Leading the development of a Java/UIMA system for detecting medically co-morbid conditions in clinical records using the POET system and disease-specific ontologies.

Enhancing Utah All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) for Healthcare Cost Transparency (PI: Jennifer Garvin) – Assisting in the qualitative evaluation activities, which occur at all stages of development of the system. We will oversee development from requirements gathering to final system testing.

Cognitive Support for Nurse Medication Stewardship (PI: Charlene Weir) - VA CREATE project, VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System. PI: Charlene Weir. I am participating in the development of the ontology for Delirium and other altered mental states.

POET-2: High Performance Computing for Advanced Clinical Narrative Preprocessing (Hurdle) – Leading the development of Java/UIMA systems for pre-processing clinical notes for natural language processing (i.e. identifying non-prose, medical specialty, and parsing heuristics). Assisting in the study designed to understand patients’ attitudes toward consent for use of medical records in research.


2010-2012:             NLM funded Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics,

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Working with: Dr. C. Weir, Dr. S. Meystre


2009-2010:             Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Informatics

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Working with: Dr. Q. Zeng




2009 – BS cum laude, Computer Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

1995 – PhD, Cognitive Modeling, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Harris, K. M. D. (1995). Connectionist and Process Modeling of Long-term Sequence: The Integration of Relative Judgments, Representation and Learning: Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University ofGlasgow (Doctoral dissertation, University of Glasgow).

1991 – MS, Information Technology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

1990 – MA (honours), Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland


Programming Skills

Java, Python, UIMA, Perl, Matlab, C, C++, JSP, HTML, SPSS


Other Experience and Professional Memberships


American Psychological Association, 1999 - present

American Medical Informatics Association, 2010 - present

National Postdoctoral Association, 2010 – present

Association for Computer Linguistics, 2012 – present


Websites created and maintained

Website detailing my postdoctoral research:


Consumer Health Vocabulary Websites:

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications


Doing-Harris KM, Zeng-Treitler Q. (2011) Computer assisted update of a Consumer Health Vocabulary through mining of social network data. J Med Internet Res;13(2):e37.


Doing-Harris K, Meystre SM, Samore M, Ceusters W. (2013) Applying ontological realism to medically unexplained syndromes. Studies in health technology and Informatics 192. IOS Press;97-101.


Doing-Harris K, Patterson O, Igo S, Hurdle J. (2013) Document sublanguage clustering to detect medical specialty in cross-institutional clinical texts. ACM 7th International Workshop on Data and Text Mining in Biomedical Informatics.


Doing-Harris, K., Igo, S., Shi, J., & Hurdle, J. (2015a). UtahPOET: Disorder mention identification and context slot filling with cognitive inspiration. Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2015), 1–7.


Doing-Harris, K., Livnat, Y., & Meystre, S. (2015b). Automated concept and relationship extraction for the semi-automated ontology management (SEAM) system. Journal of Biomedical Semantics, 6, 15.


Doing-Harris, K., Weir, C., Igo, S., Shi, J., Shao, Y., & Hurdle, J. (2015c). POETenceph - Automatic identification of clinical notes indicating encephalopathy using a realist ontology. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2015, 1–10.