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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)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity
  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Industrial - Organizational Psychology


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 engagement.


  • 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 (
  • 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.

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