Dr. Sun’s research interests primarily focus on seeking psychosocial and policy interventions to minimize the impact of Alzheimer’s diseases on elders, family caregivers and communities. To date, he has over 80 peer-reviewed articles in the field of gerontology and health. He has received funding from federal (e.g., National Institute of Justice) and state governmental agencies (e.g., Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) as well as from non-profit foundations (e.g., Hartford Foundation). One of Dr. Sun’s current projects is testing an adapted intervention called “Sigh Chi Do Health” to improve dementia literacy and brain health among older adults concerned with memory loss. Dr. Sun is interested in cultural diversity in dementia care by working with various Asian American communities in Michigan and Arizona, and rural and remote communities in Michigan. Through his policy fellowship with Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse with the World Health Organization, Dr. Sun assisted with the development of a global toolkit for dementia friendly communities, one of the seven action plans in the WHO Global Public Health Strategy to Dementia. Dr. Sun is the book review co-editor for the Journal of Social Welfare and Sociology and leads their School of Social Work's Gerontological Certificate program.
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization (WHO)