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Pronouns: he/him

Phone: 765-494-8027


Department of Psychological Sciences, Room 2124
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Franki Y. H. Kung

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Co-Director, DEI Science Consortium

Areas of Expertise

  • Conflict Management
  • Goals and Motivation
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Mindsets
  • Difficult Conversations

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity
  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Industrial - Organizational Psychology
  • Social Psychology


Recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024 admission


Growing up as a first-generation high school student in British Hong Kong and having lived in several countries, Dr. Kung has experienced firsthand both the synergy and conflict that arise from differences. Dr. Kung’s curiosity to understand how organizations and individuals can transform conflicts into cooperation between groups, people, and even identities and goals within an individual, drives his career goals and research, as well as how he teaches and engages Purdue communities and beyond.

Dr. Kung and his team’s current research is focused on 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 the various ways individuals understand and organize their goals to reveals ways to improve the management of multiple goals and goal conflicts. The research of his team also crosses some of these themes. For instance, they are studying how the internal processes of self-regulation relate to social conflicts, such as how high self-controls are seen as robotic, and how this robotic perception, or mechanistic dehumanization, may explain unique intergroup biases against and mistreatments of Asian Americans. Visit the lab’s website (link below) and contact them for more information.


  • PhD, Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Co-Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Science Consortium (
  • Past Co-Chair, Early-Career Committee, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (
  • Organizing Committee Member, Reviewer Zero (

Current Courses

  • PSY 27200 - Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 39000 - Research Experience in Psychology
  • PSY 49800H - Honors Thesis Research
  • PSY 68200D - Culture and Diversity at Work
  • PSY 68200G - Self-Regulation, Goals and Motivation

Selected Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Developing and analyzing a cultural mindset module for improving multicultural engineering team effectiveness. National Science Foundation (IUSE 2044390). Period: 02/2021-01/2024. Total: $299,973.
  • Principal Investigator, NSF CAEER Award: Mechanistic Dehumanization of Asians: Identifying Causes, Consequences, and Countermeasures for a More Inclusive STEM Workforce. National Science Foundation (BCS 2237461). Period: 07/2023-06/2028. Total: $936,983.

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