Fei Sun, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Michigan State University

Dr. Sun’s research interests primarily focus on seeking psychosocial interventions to minimize the impact of Alzheimer’s diseases on elders, family caregivers and communities. To date, he has over 50 peer-reviewed articles in the field of gerontology and health. He has received research funding from federal (e.g., National Institute of Justice) and state governmental agencies (e.g., Arizona Department of Health) as well as from non-profit foundations (e.g., Hartford Foundation). Dr. Sun’s work included a study examining knowledge and beliefs of Alzheimer’s disease in Chinese American elders in Phoenix. He further adapted an intervention called “Sigh Chi Do Health” to improve AD literacy and brain health among Chinese American elders. This program is delivered at the Chinese Senior Center in Phoenix. Dr. Sun’s international work on Alzheimer’s diseases has focused on developing an intervention for family caregivers in three Chinese cities including Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan. Dr. Sun hopes to achieve two goals through his experience as the Aging and Health Policy-global track Fellow. First is to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s diseases among international audience and create dementia friendly communities around the world; and second is to facilitate the design of national strategies for countries that have not developed a national plan to address the impact of Alzheimer’s diseases. Dr. Sun is the book review co-editor for the Journal of Social Welfare and Sociology.