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 Spring 2019:
1. I am a Teaching Assistant for HCDE undersgraduate course on User Experience Research, working with professor Sarah Zuberec.
2. My dissertation research is on designing to support mental health management for teenagers. I plan on defending my dissertation proposal in Summer 2019.
 Engaging Teenagers in Asynchronous Remote Groups to Design for Stress Management. Arpita Bhattacharya, Calvin Liang, Emily Y Zeng, Kanishk Shukla, Miguel Rios Wong, Sean A. Munson, and Julie A. Kientz. 2019. To appear in Interaction Design and Children 2019 (IDC '19), Boise, ID.
 Group Interactions in Location Based Gaming: A Case Study of Raiding in Pokémon GO. Arpita Bhattacharya, Travis W. Windleharth, Ivy Acevedo, Rio Ishii, Cecilia Aragon, Julie A. Kientz, Jason Yip, Jin Ha Lee. To appear in CHI 2019, Glasgow, UK. (pdf)
 Understanding Pivotal Experiences in Behavior Change for the Design of Technologies for Personal Wellbeing.Arpita Bhattacharya, Samantha Kolovson, Yi-Chen Sung, Mike Eacker, Michael Chen, Sean A. Munson, Julie A. Kientz. In Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 2018. (link)
 Designing a Reclamation of Body and Health: Cancer Survivor Tattoos as Coping Ritual. Jordan Eschler, Arpita Bhattacharya, and Wanda Pratt. CHI 2018, Toronto, April 21-26. (pdf)
 Values, Identity, and Social Translucence: Neurodiverse Student Teams in Higher Education.Annuska Zolyomi, Anne S Ross, Arpita Bhattacharya, Lauren Milne, and Sean A. Munson. CHI 2018, Toronto, April 21-26. (pdf)
 Lessons from Practice: Designing Tools to Facilitate Individualized Support for Quitting Smoking.Arpita Bhattacharya, Roger Vilardaga, Julie A. Kientz, Sean A. Munson. Denver, CO. CHI 2017. (pdf)(auxilary materials)
 Design Opportunities for Mental Health Peer Support Technologies. Katie O'Leary, Arpita Bhattacharya, Sean A. Munson, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Wanda Pratt. 2017. CSCW 2017. (pdf)
 “It wasn’t really about the Pokémon”: Parents’ perspectives on a location-based mobile game. Kiley Sobel, Arpita Bhattacharya, Alexis Hiniker, A., Jin H. Lee, Julie A. Kientz, & Jason C. Yip. CHI 2017. (pdf)
 Designing motion-based activities to engage students with autism in classroom settings. Arpita Bhattacharya, Mirko Gelsomini, Patricia Pérez-Fuster, Gregory D. Abowd, Agata Rozga. 2015. 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)