Franki Y. H. Kung

Degree:  Ph.D., University of Waterloo (Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology) 2018

Research Interests:

My research uses a lay theory approach to study conflict management, helping people and organizations to achieve optimal conflict resolution. Currently, my 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, I have a mission to bridge the gap between theory and application and I use diverse methodologies in my research (e.g., cross-cultural, longitudinal, experimental, network, dyadic, meta-analytical).

Representative Publications:

Kung, F. Y. H., & Scholer, A. A. (2018). A Network Model of Goals Boosts Convergent Creativity Performance. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1–12.

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.

Brienza, J. P., Kung, F. Y. H., Santos, H. C., Bobocel, D. R., & Grossmann, I. (2017). Wisdom, bias, and balance: Towards a state-level measure of wisdom-related cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication.

Kung, F. Y. H., Eibach, R. P., & Grossmann, I. (2016). Culture, fixed-world beliefs, relationships and perception of identity continuity. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 631-639.

Kung, F. Y. H., Kim, Y.-H., Yang, D. Y.-J., & Cheng, S. Y. Y. (2016). The role of regulatory fit in framing effective negative feedback across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 696-712.

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 *accepting graduate student application* to start in the 2019-2020 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.

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Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology 
Mailing Address:

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

Campus Address:
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Telephone: (765) 494-8027
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