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Dr Kun Zhao
Research Fellow, health and welfare warrior

Kun completed her PhD in psychology and behavioural economics and Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne. Kun 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.

In 2016, Kun received an Endeavour Research Fellowship and was a visiting scholar at the School of Psychology and Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics at the University of Nottingham (UK).

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. And her work has been published in several journals including the Personality and Social Psychology Review, Journal of Personality, Social Psychological and Personality Science and Scientific Reports.