Dr. Shufang Sun is an Assistant Professor of Brown University School of Public Health Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She is a faculty at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University and the International Health Institute at Brown Public Health. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her clinical psychology residency at Emory University School of Medicine, following which she completed a two year NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship at Brown Alpert Medical School.
Dr. Sun's research focuses on understanding stigma and stress-related mechanisms contributing to health disparities as well as the utility of mindfulness-based interventions among historically marginalized populations through evidence-based, culturally-responsive, technology-assisted approaches. Dr. Sun's NIH/NCCIH-funded K23 career development award aims to systematically adapt Mindfulness-based Stress-Reduction and develop an internet-delivered, mindfulness-based intervention as an HIV prevention strategy to engage young sexual minority men and promote sexual and mental health. She is also a co-investigator on several NIH-funded R awards focusing on (1) HIV prevention globally as well as (2) understanding biological mechanisms (epigenetics, inflammatory biomarkers) through which mindfulness training may be capable of remediating the adverse impacts of early life stress.
Dr. Sun is a licensed psychologist. Her clinical work has emphasized affirmative and mindfulness-based care for marginalized and trauma-affected communities. She has served as a supervisor and trainer in the U.S. and other global regions for therapists interested in integration of psychotherapy and mindfulness, multicultural competency, and LGBTQ affirmative care.