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I am a fourth-year PhD student at the Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute. I'm advised by Dr. Laura Dabbish. My research interests include social computing as well as privacy and security. My current research explores the difficulties users might have when using existing online platforms to provide peer-support through text conversations. My research aims to streamline this experience by understanding these painpoints and designing tools with psychology theory to better support these virtual exchanges.

Scaffolding the Online Peer-support Experience: Novice Supporters' Strategies and Challenges CSCW, 2021, Full paper PDF
Tianying Chen, Kristy Zhang, Robert Kraut, Laura Dabbish

Hacked Time: Design and Evaluation of a Self-Efficacy Based Cybersecurity Game DIS, 2020, Full paper PDF
Tianying Chen, Margot Stewart, Zhiyu Bai, Eileen Chen, Laura Dabbish, Jessica Hammer

Peer Feedback Processes in the Game Industry CHI-PLAY, 2019, Full paper PDF
Joseph Seering, Ray Mayol, Erik Harpstead, Tianying Chen, Amy Cook, Jessica Hammer

Self-Efficacy-Based Game Design To Encourage Security Behavior Online CHI, 2019, Extended abstract PDF
Tianying Chen, Jessica Hammer, Laura Dabbish

When Online Harassment is Perceived to be Justified ICWSM, 2018, Full paper PDF
Lindsay Blackwell, Tianying Chen, Sarita Yardi, Cliff Lampe

Predictors of Adoption and Reach Following Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training Community Mental Health Journal, 2018, Journal article PDF
Maria V. Navarro, Melanie Harned, Kathryn Korslund, Anthony Dubose, Tianying Chen, Marsha Linehan

Parents' and Children's Preferences about Parents' Sharing about Children on Social Media CHI, 2017, Full paper PDF
Carol Moser, Tianying Chen, Sarita Yardi


I am also a designer. I trained and worked as a UX designer. Some examples of my previous design work can be found below. Nowadays research is my main focus, and I sometimes do design for fun and aesthetics (like this website).


I started studying piano when I was 6. I am still playing daily for fun. My heros are Bach, Beethoven, & Schubert. Here's a list of some of my favorite pieces. And some random stuff / resources I collect or write.

tianyinc [at]