Ananya Bhattacharjee


I am Ananya Bhattacharjee, currently a 3rd year Computer Science Ph.D. student at University of Toronto. I completed B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in October 2018.

I consider myself a Human-Computer Interaction Researcher. My research works focus on developing and understanding the role of technology in helping people manage their psychological well-being. I have developed several text messaging services, mobile applications, and websites to help people reduce their stress, reflect on negative emotions, and self-monitor moods. Collaborating with Mental Health America, I have closely worked with vulnerable population to understand their needs and expectations from digital mental health platforms, eventually allowing us to develop an AI-powered chat tool.

Additionally, I have conducted field studies in Bangladesh to understand how much of the existing support behavior techniques align with local people's customs and values. Working closely with a major crisis helpline in Bangladesh (Kaan Pete Roi), I have interacted with helpline volunteers and critically evaluated befriending model, one of the most common approaches followed by helplines around the world. Through my work, I aim to shift the research direction in mental health interventions from ‘individual’ to ‘social’.

My research works have been published in top venues like CHI, CSCW, and JMIR.

My supervisor is Dr Joseph Jay Williams. My PhD committee members also include Dr Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, Dr Alex Mariakakis, Dr Rachel Kornfield, and Dr Mary Czerwinski.

Throughout the website you can find an overview of my academic and professional activities. Thank you for paying this visit.


  • Paper accepted in TOCHI (August, 2022)

  • Passed PhD qualifying exam (May, 2022)

  • Paper accepted in CSCW (May, 2022)

  • Received Wolfond Scholarship in Wireless Information Technology (December, 2021)

  • Paper accepted in JMIR Formative Research (August, 2021)

  • Paper got Best paper Honorable mention award in CHI 2021 (May, 2021)

  • Paper accepted in CHI 21 (December, 2021)

  • Started my PhD in UofT (September, 2020)

  • Paper published in BMC Genomics. (July, 2020)

  • Got accepted in the Direct Ph.D. program at the University of Toronto CS. Super Stoked :D :D. (April, 2020)

  • Paper accepted in ICMLA. (September, 2018)