Dr. Dessalegn Guyo

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Dessalegn Negeri 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 was an adjunct professor at Bowie State University, Coppin State University Department of Social Work, and a case manager in Catholic charities in Washington D.C. (March 2016-September 2021). He was an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia (2007-2016). He served in different positions: coordinator of the MSW distance education, chair of the curriculum and standardization committee, and Director of MSW Field Education for Indira Gandhi Open National University (IGNOU). He developed a BA in sociology and social work, a BSW for Ethiopian Catholic University Saint Thomas Aquinas (ECUSTA) for 11 years in Africa and six years plus in the USA.
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, advocacy for human rights.

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. 13

  • Public Service
    • 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