• I'll be on the job market next year, and I'm interested in connecting with others working on how online platform design impacts relationships and mental health.
  • Our CHI '23 paper "A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding User Trust after Voice Assistant Failures" received an Honorable Mention!

Amanda Baughan

Hello! I am a fifth year PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering, advised by Alexis Hiniker. My expected graduation date is Spring 2024. My work draws from a variety of techniques in HCI, relationship science, and computational social science to design, evaluate, and build systems to support users' relationships and mental health online.

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

When not working, you can find me surfing, hiking, rollerskating, or elsewhere in nature.

Email: baughan at


A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding User Trust after Voice Assistant Failures
Amanda Baughan, Allison Mercurio, Ariel Liu, Xuezhi Wang, Jilin Chen, Xiao Ma [video] [dataset] [bib]
ACM CHI 2023
Best Paper Honorable Mention: Top 5%

Attached to “The Algorithm”: Making Sense of Algorithmic Precarity on Instagram
Yim Register, Lucy Qin, Amanda Baughan, Emma S. Spiro [video] [bib]
ACM CHI 2023

Shame on Who? Experimentally Reducing Shame During Political Arguments on Twitter
Amanda Baughan, Katherine Cross, Elena Khasanova, Alexis Hiniker [video] [blog post] [bib]
PACMHCI 2022 (CSCW conference)

"I Don’t Even Remember What I Read": How Design Influences Dissociation on Social Media
Amanda Baughan, Mingrui "Ray" Zhang, Raveena Rao, Kai Lukoff, Anastasia Schaadhardt, Lisa Butler, Alexis Hiniker [video] [press] [bib]
ACM CHI 2022

Monitoring Screen Time or Redesigning It? Two Approaches to Intentional Social Media Use
Mingrui "Ray" Zhang, Kai Lukoff, Raveena Rao, Amanda Baughan, Alexis Hiniker [video] [bib]
ACM CHI 2022

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] [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, SIGs, Demos

SIG on Designing for Constructive Conflict
Amanda Baughan, Ashwin Rajadesingan, Alexis Hiniker, Paul Resnick, Amy Bruckman
ACM CHI 2022.

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


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