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Dr Kun Zhao
Research Fellow

Kun received her PhD and Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined the role of personality traits (politeness, compassion, honesty-humility) in pro-social behaviours using decision-making tasks from experimental economics.


Previously, Kun 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 linkages.


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.


Kun’s research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and economics and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and improving pro-social behaviours and wellbeing.


At BehaviourWorks, she has worked with the Fair Work Ombudsman and Australia Post on projects to improve fair workplace relations, diversity, and social inclusion.


Kun has delivered lectures in applied psychology at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. Her work has been published in Personality and Social Psychology Review, Journal of Personality, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Scientific Reports.


In addition to figuring out how behaviour change can help improve societal outcomes, Kun is learning how to illustrate children’s books.