Sun-Mee Kang

Sun-Mee Kang
(818) 677-3876
Office location:
SH 310



  • Ph.D. 2001, University of California, Davis
  • M.A.  Southern Methodist University
  • B. A. Seoul National University
Specialty Areas: Emotion, Culture, Social Adaptation, Acculturation, Measurement issues, and Item Response Theory.

Courses Taught

  • Psy 321- Experimental Psychology and Lab
  • PSY 485 - Advanced Inquiry in Univariate Statistics
  • PSY 524 - Multivariate Analysis Computer and Lab

 **Currently accepting new research assistants. Contact Dr. Kang via e-mail.

Selected Publications and Presentations


Kang, S., & Lau, A. (2013). Revisiting the out-group advantage in emotion recognition in a multicultural society: Further evidence for the in-group advantage. Emotion, 13, 203-215.

Kang, S. (2012). Individual differences in recognizing spontaneous emotional expressions: Their implications for positive interpersonal relationships. Psychology, 3, 1183-1188.

Lau, A. S., Fung, J. J., Wang, S., & Kang, S. (2009). Explaining elevated social anxiety among Asian Americans: Emotional attunement and a cultural double bind. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15, 77-85.

Kang, S. (2006). Measurement of acculturation, scale formats, and language competence: Their implications for adjustment. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 37, 669-693.

Kang, S., Day, J. D., & Meara, N. M. (2005). Social intelligence and emotional intelligence: Starting a conversation about their similarities and differences. In R. Schulze & R. D. Roberts (Eds.), Emotional intelligence: An international handbook (pp. 91-105). Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe & Huber.

Kang, S., & Waller, N. G. (2005).  Moderated multiple regression, spurious interaction effects, and IRT.Applied Psychological Measurement, 29, 87-105.

Kang, S.,& Shaver, P. R. (2004). Individual differences in well-differentiated emotional experience: Their possible psychological implications.  Journal of Personality, 72, 687-726.

Kang, S.,Shaver, P. R., Sue, S., Min, K., & Jing, H. (2003). Culture-specific patterns in the prediction of life satisfaction: Roles of emotion, relationship quality, and self-esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1596-1608.  

Zatizck, D. F., Kang, S., Müeller, H. G., Russo, J., Rivara, F., Katon, W., Jurkovich, J., & Roy-Byrne, P. (2002). Predicting posttraumatic distress in hospitalized trauma survivors with acute injuries. American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 941-946.

Zatzick, D. F., Kang, S., Hinton, W. L., Kelly, R. H., Hilty, D., Franz, C. E., Le, L., & Kravitz., R. (2001). Posttraumatic concerns: A patient-centered approach to outcome assessment after traumatic physical injury. Medical Care, 39, 327-339.

Zatzick, D. F., Kang, S., Kim, S, Leigh, P., Kravitz, R., Drake, C., Sue, S., & Wisner, D. (2000). Patients with recognized psychiatric disorders in trauma surgery: Incidence, inpatient length of stay, and cost. Journal of Trauma, 49, 487-495.



Munoz, M. J., & Kang, S. (January, 2013). Effects of online social networking on perceived social skills. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, CA.

Shih, W., Tadle, D., & Kang, S. (January, 2012). Effects of gender and media on reading facial cues for paternal investment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Parra, L. A., & Kang, S. (April, 2011). Attentional biases to threat in young gay men. Poster presented at the 91th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Kang, S. (June, 2011). A revisit to an out-group advantage in emotion recognition: Power status or methodological confounds? Paper presented at the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology Regional Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

Hyde, K., Munez, M., Espino-Perez, K., Gonzalez, J., Taban, J., & Kang, S. (May, 2010). In-Group Advantage in Deception Detection. Poster presented at the 22th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Kang, S., Lapin, J., & McMichael, E. (January, 2010). Differential Distracting effects between social vs. non-social tasks on emotion recognition. Poster presented at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kang, S. (August, 2009). In-group advantage in emotion recognition and deception detection. Paper presented at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Hyde, K., Linden, A., Dillon, R., Colluci, J., & Kang, S. (April, 2008). In-group Advantages in Deception Detection. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association’s 2008 Convention, Irvine, CA.

Lauharatanahirun, N., Coffin, H., Drescher, B., & Kang, S. (June, 2008). Conjunction Errors Interfere with Ecological Rationality: The Linda Problem Revisited. Poster to be presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society 2007 Convention, Kyoto, Japan.

Linden, A., Chan, M., Colluci, J., Kevork, N., & Kang, S. (April, 2008). The Relationship between Various Measurements of Facial Symmetry and Ratings of Physical Attractiveness.  Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association’s 2008 Convention, Irvine, CA.

Coffin, H., Harper, M., & Kang, S. (May, 2007). Facial Cues for Paternal Investment: Women See What They Want. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society 2007 Convention, Williamsburg, VA.

Wang, S., Lau, A.S., Tao, X.T., & Kang, S. (May, 2007). Gender Differences in Emotion Recognition on Three Test Conditions. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington D.C.

Foley, A., Nunez, G., & Kang, S. (January, 2006). The Relative Importance of Empathic accuracy, Emotional Expressivity, and Agreeableness in Predicting Relationship Quality.  Poster presented at the 7th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Palm Springs, California.

Research and Interests

My research involves emotion, culture, social adaptation, and measurement issues. My primary research interest is psychological factors contributing to social adaptation process including emotion, personality, social working memory, and acculturation strategy. For more detailed information of my past and current projects, please visit my personal website (