Dr. Sun's research focuses on quantitative research methods and their applications in psychological and educational research. Within the broad area of quantitative research methods, she is particularly interested in structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, mixture modeling, and meta-analysis. Her work centers on improving the statistical performance of existing models and developing new methods to better understand complex human behaviors and social phenomena. In addition to methodological research, she has been using advanced statistical methods to examine various aspects of child development, including early reading and child depression.
Sun, S., & Pan, W. (In Press). Investigating the accuracy of three estimation methods for regression discontinuity design. Journal of Experimental Education.
Sun, S. (2011). Meta-analysis of Cohen's Kappa. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 11, 145-163.
Sun, S., & Pan, W. (2011). The philosophical foundations of prescriptive statements and statistical inference. Educational Psychology Review, 23, 207-220.
Sun, S., Pan, W., & Wang, L. (2011). Rethinking observed power: Concept, practice and implications. Methodology, 7, 81-87.
Sun, S., Pan, W., & Wang, L. (2010). A comprehensive review of effect size reporting and interpreting practices in academic journals in education and psychology. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102, 989-1004.