Sicong (Summer) Sun is a PhD candidate at the Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2017 from the Brown School, where her concentration was in Social and Economic Development with a specialization in Research.

Sun’s dissertation, titled “Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Relationship Between Wealth and Health”, is funded by Jane. B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. In her dissertation, Sun investigates how racial inequities in wealth and financial access—as understudied social determinants— fundamentally shape downstream determinants of health, such as medical care and health behaviors.

During Sun’s graduate training at the Brown School, she has worked on many research projects with four research centers, including Center for Social Development, International Center for Child Health and Development, Social Policy Institute, and Social System Design Lab. She has gained experience in grant writing, project management, manuscript development, and graduate student supervision.

Summer’s research has been presented at more than 25 research conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals, including Annual Review of Public Health, American Journal of Public Health, PLOS One, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of the International AIDS Society.

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: Sicong Sun-CV_August 2021

Scholarship: Google Scholar | Research Gate