Areas of Interest and Expertise
- Cancer Prevention and Survivorship
- Cognitive Decline
- Mental Health
- Older Adults' Technology Use
- Racial Disparity
- BS in international economics and math, China Agricultural University
- Master in law, China Agricultural University
- Master of Social Work, University of Alabama
Background and Professional Experience:
Before joining the UA School of Social Work, Kun worked for two years in the Communist Youth League of Shijiazhuang, a government agency serving children and youth in China. Kun changed her population of interest from children and youth to older adults during her study process. Her research focuses on cognitive decline and technology use among older adults, especially ethnic minorities. She finished her MSW internship at Temporary Emergency Services of Tuscaloosa and Mary Stark Harper Geriatric Psychiatric Center.
Kun is good at advanced quantitative analysis (mixed-effects modeling, structural equation modeling, machine learning, and multiple imputations) and longitudinal data analysis (cross-lagged panel analysis, mixed-effects modeling, latent transition analysis, latent class growth analysis, latent growth curve modeling, latent change score modeling). She was invited to give a lecture on longitudinal data analysis for doctoral students at the School of Social Work, UA. She works as a data analysis consultant for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.
Kun also works as an adjunct instructor at the School of Social Work, UA. She has taught History of Social Welfare in the US (online once) and Research for Social Work Practice (in-person once and online twice).