Franki Y. H. Kung

Degree:  Ph.D., University of Waterloo (Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology)

Research Interests:

Dr. Kung’s research uses a lay theory approach to study conflict management, generating actionable knowledge for people and organizations to achieve optimal conflict resolution. Currently, his work takes three main directions: 1) addressing when cultural collision and synergy occur in a multicultural space, and how to transform the prior into the latter; 2) identifying and training wise strategies for difficult communications, such as negotiation and performance appraisal; and 3) unpacking and improving the management of multiple goals and goal conflicts.

Trained in both industrial-organizational and social psychology, Dr. Kung is interested in both theory and application and takes varied approaches in his research (e.g., cross-cultural, longitudinal, experimental, network, dyadic, meta-analytical). He is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in research, teaching, and community services. 

Representative Publications:

Li, S., & Kung, F. Y. H. (in press). Assessing perceptions of immigrant contribution: Scale development and organizational implications. Academy of Management Discoveries.

Brienza, J. B.*, Kung, F. Y. H.*, Chao, M. M. (2021). Wise reasoning, intergroup positivity, and attitude polarization across contexts. Nature Communications, 12, 3313. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23432-1 (*equal first-author)

Kung, F. Y. H., & Scholer, A. A. (2021). Moving beyond two goals: An integrative review and framework for the study of multiple goals. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 25(2), 130-158. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088868320985810

Kung, F. Y. H., & Scholer, A. A. (2020). The pursuit of multiple goals. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12509

Kung, F. Y. H., Chao, M. M., Yao, D., Adair, W. L., Tasa, K., & Fu, J. H. (2018). Bridging racial divides: Social constructionist (vs. essentialist) beliefs facilitate trust in intergroup contexts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 74, 121-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2017.09.008

Brienza, J. P., Kung, F. Y. H., Santos, H. C., Bobocel, D. R., & Grossmann, I. (2018). Wisdom, bias, and balance: Towards a state-level measure of wisdom-related cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(6), 1093-1126. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000171

Interested in joining the lab?

I am accepting applications for research assistants (as a PSY 390 student or a volunteer) throughout the year. Interested individuals should submit the application here. ​

Graduate Student Recruitment:

I am interested in considering graduate student applications to start in the 2022-2023 academic year. Those who have interests in culture and diversity, conflict resolution, and/or multiple goals are especially encouraged to apply. Interested candidates are welcome to contact me and ask questions via email.

Franki Kung
Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology 
Mailing Address:

Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences

E-mail:  fkung@purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-8027
Lab Website
CV: Franki Kung.CV


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