Camellia Bùi

University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2025

Major: Psychology

Minor: Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Camellia Bùi is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE), complemented by minors in Computer Science and Data Science. Prior to SUMR, she was involved in a few mixed-methods psychological research experiences and mental health community-based projects. These experiences greatly informed her interest in developing and scaling effective and equitable health interventions and public health systems for communities in need. She aspires to become a psychologist and a public health worker in the future.

Bùi works on two projects for her SUMR experience on the topics of global health and health equity. With Professor Aaron Richterman, she employs regression and secondary data analyses to explore the association between large-scale, government-led cash transfer programs in developing nations and key health, nutrition and behavioral outcomes that may affect mortality rates and other health measures. With Professors Arnold Rosoff, Robert Field and Anthony Orlando, she conducts legal research and qualitative analyses of interviews with experts and influential stakeholders to investigate issues surrounding the underrepresentation of minority populations in genetic research databases. This information would be helpful to understand underlying issues and develop strategies that advance inclusion and equity within the healthcare system. Additionally, she supports the Chevron Deference project, which aimed to analyze the potential impact of this U.S. administrative doctrine on federal regulations related to healthcare and health information privacy. 

At Penn, Bùi is involved in various student organizations to explore her passion for mental health and student advocacy. Bùi serves as the Co-Chair of Penn Wellness Student Coalition, a student umbrella group that promotes wellness initiatives at Penn and facilitates collaboration between administration and student wellness efforts. She also independently pursues service projects for the Penn community as an Associate Member of the Undergraduate Assembly, the Penn undergraduate student government. She finds meaning through supporting students in distress as a peer counselor for Penn Benjamin and Reach-A-Peer Helpline. In her downtime, she enjoys swinging with the West Philly Swingers, brushing up on her Mandarin and German by reading novels, and finding joy in small acts of kindness.