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 manage their mental wellbeing. I am co-advised by Julie Kientz and Sean Munson .
I am from Mumbai, India. I completed my Master's in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) in May 2015. I got my Bachelors in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai in 2013.
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.
Current good use of my time
1. In Autumn 2018, I am excited to be Teaching Assistant for Qualtitative Research Methods class taught by Dr. Charlotte Lee.
2. My current research projects are on (1) designing to support stress management in teenagers and (2) designing technology to support people who want to quit smoking.
3. I am trying baking (not a perfectionist!).
 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)