Personal profile


Kun completed her PhD in psychology and behavioural economics and Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University.

Previously, she was a senior data analyst at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, where she worked with national cancer and mortality statistics and conducted health record linkage.

Kun’s research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and economics and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and improving health, wellbeing, and pro-sociality. In her doctoral research, she studied the role of personality in fairness, cooperation and altruism, using social decision-making tasks (known as economic games) in the lab and in the context of blood and organ donations.

Kun has delivered lectures and taught classes in applied psychology at the University of Melbourne, which included topics in consumer behaviour, health, well-being, and political psychology. Her work has been published in several journals including Personality and Social Psychology Review, Journal of Personality, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Scientific Reports.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Masters of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 13 Dec 2017

PhD, Prosocial personality traits and sources of behavioral heterogeneity in economic games, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 13 Dec 2017

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Australian National University (ANU)

Award Date: 31 Dec 2006

Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University (ANU)

Award Date: 31 Dec 2006

Research area keywords

  • Behaviour Change
  • Prosocial Behavior
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Personality Psychology
  • Altruism
  • Social Decision Making

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