I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington, Seattle. I am passionate about qualitative research and design methods. My research focus is on learning to design technologies that can empower people to develop their mental wellbeing. I am co-advised by Julie Kientz and Sean Munson .
I completed my Master's in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) in May 2015.
I enjoy learning and strive for work-life balance for meaningful brain-functioning. I love to wander and explore the world, eat desserts, sketch, and watch cartoons.
Adventures in Winter 2019:
1. I am a Research Assistant working with Professor Andy Davidson and wonderful undergraduates on HCDE's K-12 outreach program: Alternative Spring Break .
2. My current research projects are on (1) designing to support mental health management for teenagers and (2) designing to support people who want to quit smoking.
Arpita Bhattacharya, Travis W. Windleharth, Ivy Acevedo, Rio Ishii, Cecilia Aragon, Julie A. Kientz, Jason Yip, Jin Ha Lee. Group Interactions in Location Based Gaming: A Case Study of Raiding in Pokémon GO. To appear in CHI 2019, Glasgow. (pdf)
 Arpita Bhattacharya, Samantha Kolovson, Yi-Chen Sung, Mike Eacker, Michael Chen, Sean A. Munson, Julie A. Kientz. Understanding Pivotal Experiences in Behavior Change for the Design of Technologies for Personal Wellbeing. In Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 2018. (link)
 Jordan Eschler, Arpita Bhattacharya, and Wanda Pratt. Designing a Reclamation of Body and Health: Cancer Survivor Tattoos as Coping Ritual. To appear in CHI 2018, April 21-26. (pdf)
 Annuska Zolyomi, Anne S Ross, Arpita Bhattacharya, Lauren Milne, and Sean A. Munson. Values, Identity, and Social Translucence: Neurodiverse Student Teams in Higher Education. To appear in CHI 2018, April 21-26. (pdf)
 Arpita Bhattacharya, Roger Vilardaga, Julie A. Kientz, Sean A. Munson. Lessons from Practice: Designing Tools to Facilitate Individualized Support for Quitting Smoking. CHI 2017. (pdf)(auxilary materials)
 Katie O'Leary, Arpita Bhattacharya, Sean A. Munson, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Wanda Pratt. 2017. Design Opportunities for Mental Health Peer Support Technologies. CSCW 2017. (pdf)
 Kiley Sobel, Arpita Bhattacharya, Alexis Hiniker, A., Jin H. Lee, Julie A. Kientz, & Jason C. Yip. “It wasn’t really about the Pokémon”: Parents’ perspectives on a location-based mobile game. CHI 2017. (pdf)
 Arpita Bhattacharya, Mirko Gelsomini, Patricia Pérez-Fuster, Gregory D. Abowd, Agata Rozga. 2015. Designing motion-based activities to engage students with autism in classroom settings. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 69-78. DOI=10.1145/2771839.2771847 (pdf)