Sunfa Kim, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral research associate


Department of Psychology

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Buffalo, NY  14260-1030    U.S.A.



363 Park Hall

North Campus

Email: sunfakim at buffalo dot edu


Research Interests

Language comprehension in monolingual and bilingual speakers

Language production in bilingual speakers

Spoken word recognition



Academic Research


Invited Talks

2011    Center for Brain Science of Language Acquisition and Language Learning, University of

Hiroshima, November 11, 2011.


2010    Center for Cognitive Science, Fall 2010 Colloquia, The State University of New York at

Buffalo, December 8, 2010.


Research Papers & Conference Posters

Kim, S., Mauner, G., and Koenig, J.P. (in preparation). Structural priming in comprehension:

The resolution of the DO/SC ambiguity.


Kim, S. (2010). Syntactic representations of English in second language learners: An

investigation of the process of English sentence production by bilingual speakers using

a within-language (L2) structural priming paradigm. Doctoral Thesis, Department of

Psychology, The State University of New York at Buffalo.


Kim, S., Mauner, G., & Koenig, J.-P. (2010). Shared mapping between concepts and functional

assignment across languages facilitates L2 production. Poster presented at the 51st annual

Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.


Kim, S., Mauner, G., & Koenig, J.-P. (2009). Structural priming within a second language (L2)

– Do word order differences across languages or the absence of a structural alternation in a first

language (L1) matter? Poster presented at the 22nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human

Sentence Processing, Davis, CA.


Kim, S., & Luce, P. A. (2008). Perceptual learning of specificity vs. abstractness in spoken word

recognition. Poster presented at the 6th international conference on the Mental Lexicon, Banff,

Alberta, Canada.


Kim, S., Mauner, G., & Koenig, J.-P. (2008). Verb repetition is not required for structural

priming in L2 English production in Japanese-English bilinguals. Poster presented at the 14th

Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Cambridge,



Kim, S., Mauner, G., & Koenig, J.-P. (2007). What is contingent about contingency learning?:

Evidence from structural priming in comprehension. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CUNY

Conference on Human Sentence Processing, La Jolla, CA.


Kim, S., & Mauner, G. (2006). Priming vs. Contingency Learning Accounts of Structural

Priming Effects in Comprehension. Poster presented at the 19th annual CUNY conference on

Human Sentence Processing. New York, NY.




2015                            Psychology 207: Psychological Statistics (Spring 2015)                   


2014                            Psychology 207: Psychological Statistics (Spring 2014)


2013                            Organizational Behavior (Fall 2013)

Research Methods (Fall 2013)

Social Psychology (Fall 2013)

Cognition (Summer 2013)

Senior Project in Psychology (Summer 2013, Fall 2013)


2012                            Research Methods in Psychology A (Semester 2, 2012–2013)

Perception & Cognition (Semester 2, 2012–2013)

Applied Psychology Integrated Project 2 (Semester 2, 2012–2013)

Major Project (Semester 2, 2012–2013)


                                    Psychology 341: Cognitive Psychology (Spring 2012)

                                    Psychology 445: Memory (Spring 2012)


2011                            Psychology 341: Cognitive Psychology (Spring 2011)


2009                            Psychology 250: Scientific Inquiry (Spring 2009, Summer 2009, Fall 2009)


2008                            Psychology 250: Scientific Inquiry (Spring 2008, Summer 2008, Fall 2008)


2007                            Psychology 250: Scientific Inquiry (Summer 2007, Fall 2007)



TA (Teaching Assistant)

2007                            Psychology 331: Social Psychology (Spring 2007)


2006                            Psychology 325: Health Psychology (Spring 2006)


2005                            Psychology 101: Introductory Psychology (Fall 2005)

                                    Psychology 207: Psychological Statistics (Spring 2005)