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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Masters of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology), University of Melbourne

PhD, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Australian National University

Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2018 2021

BC-GRIP Improving Victoria's rental housing energy performance

Lang, M. J., Lane, R., Raven, R., Zhao, K., Smith, L. & Jorgensen, B.


Project: Research

Research Output 2008 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Prosociality and morality through the lens of personality psychology

Smillie, L. D., Lawn, E. C. R., Zhao, K., Perry, R. & Laham, S. M., Mar 2019, In : Australian Journal of Psychology. 71, 1, p. 50-58 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Using the Big Five Aspect Scales to translate between the HEXACO and Big Five personality models

Ludeke, S. G., Bainbridge, T. F., Liu, J., Zhao, K., Smillie, L. D. & Zettler, I., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Personality. 87, 5, p. 1025-1038 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Costless and Costly Prosociality: Correspondence Among Personality Traits, Economic Preferences, and Real-World Prosociality

Ferguson, E., Zhao, K., O'Carroll, R. E. & Smillie, L. D., 5 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Social Psychological and Personality Science. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

From windfall sharing to property ownership: Prosocial personality traits in giving and taking dictator games

Zhao, K., Kashima, Y. & Smillie, L. D., 1 Jun 2018, In : Games. 9, 2, 18 p., 30.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Personality and ideological correlates of socially inclusive behaviours in Australia

Zhao, K., 7 Dec 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract