Chief Scientist

Dr. Dawna Coutant

Dawna’s area of research is factors that lead cultures to either cooperate or conflict with each other. As a Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, she authored or coauthored dozens of refereed papers. She also was a key participant, along with Carolyn Meinel, in KaDSci‘s award winning effort in IARPA’s Geopolitical Forecasting Competition II.

In 2020, in a DARPA sponsored Covid-19 forecasting competition, she was the #2 forecaster for the first half year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and better than all the world’s top modeling teams. She currently is a superforecaster with Good Judgment, Inc. As a pro forecaster at INFER, she was rated as as the top forecaster of 2023 (user name DKC) despite competing with over 80 of the world’s top forecasters along with several hundred other participants.

Her first Cleo Cooper Mystery, Evil Alice and the Borzoi was released by the Wild Rose Press in 2023. The second novel in the series  is making its way through printing.

Visit Dawna’s personal website here. You can also find her on Mastodon, X, and LinkedIn.

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