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Arpita Bhattacharya

I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington, Seattle. I am passionate about learning how design of technology can foster social support and improve quality of life of people with mental health concerns and comorbid health concerns.

I work with my amazing advisers, Sean Munson and Julie Kientz. Briefly, my RA is on designing fo individulized support using self-experimentation. My other projects center around understanding role of social support in mental health.

While I enjoy the highs and lows of research, I love to use my free time to volunteer and here are some ways I am involved in activities for mental health care in the community. I also love to sketch, sing, and watch animated movies!

I completed my Master's in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2015, where I primarily worked on designing Kinect games for encouraging social interactions in classrooms for children with autism.