Yale University

Shufang Sun, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Brown University School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciencesl


Dr. Shufang Sun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University School of Public Health. She is affiliated with the International Health Institute and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and completed her clinical psychology residency at Emory University School of Medicine, following which she completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in Child/Adolescent Biobehavioral HIV research at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Sun's research focuses on understanding minority stress and mental health among marginalized populations including LGBTQ individuals, as well as minority health promotion through innovative, evidence-based methods including mHealth and mindfulness-based interventions. Her work concerns marginalized communities both in the United States and globally. Her research with sexual minority men in China has focused on achieving a culturally responsive understanding of minority stress and addressing mental and sexual health risks through culturally-adapted mHealth methods. Her NIH-funded K23 career development award aims to 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 HIV prevention among vulnerable minority populations and 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 and supervisory work has emphasized affirmative and culturally competent care concerning sexual and gender minorities, as well as mindfulness-based interventions.