Amanda Baughan

Hello! I am a fourth year PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering, advised by Alexis Hiniker. My research focuses on supporting relationships during online conflict through design and evidence-based interventions. My work draws from a variety of techniques in HCI, data science, and NLP, and is informed by work in psychotherapy.

Previously, I worked as a UX Researcher at AI2, studying how users navigate Semantic Scholar. Before that, I spent two years working at Google.

When not working, you can find me in a yoga studio, hiking, snowboarding, or otherwise admiring Washington's beautiful mountain ranges.

Email: baughan at


Someone Is Wrong on the Internet: Having Hard Conversations in Online Spaces
Amanda Baughan, Justin Petelka, Catherine Jaekyung Yoo, Jack Lo,
Shiyue Wang, Amulya Paramasivam, Ashley Zhou, Alexis Hiniker [storyboards] [press release] [bib]
PACMHCI 2021 (CSCW conference)

Do Cross-Cultural Differences in Visual Attention Patterns Affect Search Efficiency on Websites?
Amanda Baughan*, Nigini Oliveira* (*=equal contribution), Tal August, Naomi Yamashita, Katharina Reinecke [video] [blog post] [bib]
ACM CHI 2021
Best Paper Honorable Mention: Top 5%

Keep it Simple: How Visual Complexity and Preferences Impact Search Efficiency on Websites
Amanda Baughan, Tal August, Naomi Yamashita, Katharina Reinecke [blog post] [bib]
ACM CHI 2020

Workshop Papers

Crowdsourcing Inclusion
Amanda Baughan
Race in HCI workshop, ACM CHI 2020.


XO Higher Self. An advice podcast in which Bunny Michael guides listeners to their higher self: the manifestation of love within all humans.

To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself. And to trust that there is enough, that you are enough. Edith Eva Eger, by the way of Nedra Tawwab