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About Baorong Guo

Associate Professor Baorong Guo is the MSW Program Director at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is also a part of the School of Social Work Student Award Committee, the Assessment of Educational Outcomes Committee, and the Faculty Development Committee at the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Social Work. Guo received her PhD in Social Work from Washington University in 2005. Her current research interests include human service nonprofits, socioeconomic development, and asset-building among low-income families.


Present Associate Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae



2016 - 2016 Transition to Adulthood: Dynamics of Disability, Food Insecurity, Health, and SNAP Participation
University of Kentucky Center on Poverty Research
Role: Principal investigator
Colleague(s): Jim Huang; Shirley Porterfield
2009 - 2012 Marketization of Human Service Nonprofits: A Longitudinal Analysis of Organizational Outcomes Using 990 Data (from "Legitimacy of Nonprofit Service Providers in the Privatized Area of Human Services")
Tokyo University
Role: Principal investigator
2010 - 2010 Microfinance Participation and Household Assets: An Analysis of Survey Data from Hutubi, China
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Role: Principal investigator
2008 - 2008 Asset Building in China: Pilot Project and Policy Influence
Washington University Center for Social Development
Role: Principal investigator
2008 - 2008 Small Grants Fund
University of Missouri-St. Louis
2007 - 2007 Small Grants Fund
University of Missouri-St. Louis
2006 - 2007 Household Assets and Health: Implications for Asset-based Social Policy
Center for International Studies
Role: Fellow
2006 - 2006 Effects of Household Assets on Material Hardships Among Welfare Leavers
University of Missouri-St. Louis
2006 - 2006 Food Insecurity and Household Assets in Low Income Families
University of Missouri Research Board
2005 - 2005 Small Grants Fund
University of Missouri-St. Louis
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Reviewer, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance
2015 - Present Reviewer, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
2015 - Present Board Member, Xiaoyaya Autism Initiative
2014 - Present Reviewer, Global Social Welfare Journal
2014 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Family and Economic Issues
2014 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Society for Social Work and Research
2014 - Present Advisory Board Member, University of Missouri-St. Louis Nonprofit and Management Leadership Certificate Program
2012 - Present Consulting Editor, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Services
2012 - Present Reviewer, Social Science Research
2013 - 2016 Consulting Editor, Social Work Research
2013 - 2013 External Reviewer for Tenure and Promotion, University of Georgia
2013 - 2013 Reviewer, Voluntary Sector Review
2012 - 2012 Reviewer, "Practice Informed Research Methods for Social Workers"
2012 - 2012 Reviewer, Economics of Education Review
2012 - 2012 Reviewer, Society for Social Work Research
2010 - 2010 Reviewer, Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance, and Management
2010 - 2010 Panelist, Making the Transition from Student to Colleague
2010 - 2010 Book Reviewer, Structural Equation Modeling
2009 - 2009 Reviewer, Children and Youth Services Review
2008 - 2009 MSW Field Instructor, Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work
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Honors and Awards

  • Dissertation Scholarship, Washington University, 2005
  • Emerging Scholar Award, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), 2004
  • Journal of Social Service Research Fellowship, Washington University, 2002-2003
  • Younghusband Fellowship, Washington University, 2000-2002
  • Xinchuan Fellowship, Peking University, Beijing, China, 1999
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Studies, China Youth University for Political Science, Beijing, China, 1997
  • Honor Graduate, Department of Education Higher Education Committee, China, 1997
  • Outstanding Student Fellowship, China Youth University for Political Science, Beijing, China, 1994, 1995, 1996


  • Program Evaluation
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Research Methods in Social Work
  • Human Service Organizations
  • Social Issues and Social Policy Development
  • Research Design in Social Work


2005 PhD, Washington University in St. Louis ‐ Social Work
2000 MA, Peking University ‐ Sociology
1997 BA, China Youth University for Political Science ‐ Social Work

Open Access Works (3)

Research Works (38)