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Hsin-Yi Chien

Hsin-Yi Chien

User Experience Researcher

Hsin-Yi Chien is a researcher at the Exploratorium. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland in 2019. Hsin-Yi Chien’s research program focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of science communication in informal environments through the lens of social and cognitive psychology.

She is interested in examining and designing science communication strategies to help promote positive cognitive and affective responses to science. In her current projects, she is investigating how informal science experience might affect science self-efficacy and examining how a science communication model that endeavors to foster empathy might help alleviate biased reasoning about controversial science topics, including stereotyping and climate change.


Hsin-Yi will be speaking at:

Museums, Health & Wellbeing Summit

Tuesday, 7th February 2023

Trauma-informed Approaches to Support Inclusive Learning in Urban Public Spaces

More organisations are meeting communities where they are by bringing science and art experiences into public spaces. We recognise the potential these experiences have to support community well-being, but we also struggle with a common challenge in urban public space: How can we create the necessary physical and psychological safety required for learning? Urban Alchemy, an organisation committed to well-being in traumatised urban spaces, partnered with the Exploratorium in SF to develop a facilitation approach that addresses this challenge. This presentation will share how the place-based, trauma-informed facilitation strategies they developed can add to your efforts to promote community well-being!

Hsin-Yi Chien