Yi Sun

Yi Sun is a doctoral student at Columbia University School of Social Work. Her research interests focus on understanding childhood adversity and trauma in cross-cultural contexts; and the resilience and social-emotional development among lower SES ethnic minority children and youth. She is particularly interested in developing trauma-informed care and intervention programs in school systems in rural China, with special attention to child abuse and neglect. Yi is currently working with Dr. Alissa Davis on various projects, including the ARC (adolescent responses to COVID-19) and the crowdsourcing study to reduce HIV stigma and increase adolescent & young adult HIV testing.

Prior to coming to Columbia, Yi worked as a research associate to develop an online CBT program for emotional wellbeing and social connection. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Research Interests

Adolescents and Youth
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Child Abuse and Neglect
HIV Interventions
Inequality and Disparity
Sex Education
Sexual Violence
Trauma-Informed Care


Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)