Sicong (Summer) Sun is a third-year doctoral student in Social Work at the Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis. She comes from China and earned her Master of Social Work degree in Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with a concentration of Social and Economic Development and a Research Specialization. During her study at the Brown School, she has worked on many research projects with 4 research centers, including Center for Social Development, International Center for Child Health and Development, Social Policy Institute, and Social System Design Lab.

Summer’s research has been presented at more than 20 research conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals, including PLOS one and Children and Youth Services Review.

Summer’s dissertation research focuses on how racial inequities in wealth and financial access—as understudied social determinants— fundamentally shape downstream determinants of health, such as health care access and health behaviors.

Research interests: Social determinants of health and health disparities; asset building and financial capability; poverty and social mobility.

Teaching interests: Research methods and program evaluation; social welfare and social policy; health behaviors and social epidemiology; advanced statistical methods.

Little known facts: Summer enjoys ballroom dancing, musicals, symphony, and museums.


Office: Brown Hall, Room B-4

Curriculum Vitae: March 2020