Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Sunny Shin is an associate professor in the VCU School of Social Work and the VCU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at VCU. Prior to joining VCU in 2013, Shin was a faculty member at the Boston University School of Social Work and is currently a faculty affiliate at the Boston University Center for Addictions Research and Services.

Having a broad practice and research experience in childhood traumatic experiences and addiction, Shin’s research has tested theoretical models and theory-driven preventive interventions that include individual vulnerability characteristics, social processes and environmental variables as well as the interactions between these. In particular, Shin’s research team has focused on developing and testing theoretical models that explain the developmental mechanisms that link childhood traumatic experiences to adolescent substance abuse.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work
  • 2013–present
    Clinical associate professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
  • 2002–2013
    Assistant Professor, Boston University, School of Social Work
  • 2009–2012
    Director of Dual Degree Program, Boston University School of Social Work and School of Theology
  • 2001–2002
    Instructor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work

Education

  • 2002 
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work , Ph.D.
  • 1998 
    University of Wisconsin at Madison, School of Social Work , M.S.W.
  • 1996 
    Soongsil University, School of Social Work , B.A. Social Work