Dr. Dessalegn Guyo

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Dessalegn Guyo

Assistant Professor

Social Work

Cushwa Hall 3164

phone: (330) 941-3337



Dessalegn N. Guyo (Ph.D., MSW) is an assistant professor of social work at Youngstown State University Ohio from January 2022 to the present. He was an Associate Professor of Master of Social Work at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (November 2020- June 2022). He has 18 years plus teaching, research and community service nationally and internationally
His research areas are on multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder child protection networks and practices, indigenous adoption practices of Oromo society, women's roles and statuses in agro-industry, child vulnerability indicators in poor households in urban centers, context-based community development approaches, and social work practice with immigrants.

Research Interests

immigration, child protection, and adoption, loneliness and connection, implicit bias and its management, social work teaching and practices, indigenous knowledge,

Teaching Interests

Social Research Methods, Statistics, social policy, Integrated foundations, social work groups, Oppression and diversity in social work, Business skills in social work.
Practice evaluations

  • Education
    • 2014

      Ph D, Social work and Social Development

      Addis Ababa University

    • 2006

      MA, Social Work

      Addis Ababa University, School of Social Work

  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "Utilizing Professional Expertise in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Strategic Interventions Preparation for Crisis Mitigation in Oromia"

      Journal of Oromo Studies (JOS), volume (MNS-ID-JOS-2023-0018.R1), issue 1, p. 133-150

    • 2013


      , volume Block 2, issue 1, p. 71

    • 2010

      "GUDDIFACHAA PRACTICE: As Community Based Child Problem Intervention in Oromo of Ada'a Liban"

      VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, DVM publication, p. 120

  • Professional Service
    • 2024 - 2024

      Youngstown State University Quest 2024: a Forum for Student Scholarship
      Youngstown, Ohio

    • 2024 - 2024

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

    • 2023 - 2023

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

  • Public Service
    • 2023 - present

      Oromo Intellectual society

    • 2020 - present

      Global Oromo Advocacy Group
      Washington DC, DC

    • 2018 - 2020

      Board Member
      Oromo Community Organization
      Washington, DC

    • 2017 - 2022

      Guest Speaker
      Torture Abolition And Survivors Support Coalition International
      Washington DC, DC