May Guo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Program Director

May Guo CV

Dr. Guo's work addresses the intersection between immigration and aging, examining the well-being of older immigrants in the changing family and neighborhood contexts. Her work covers a broad range of topics including acculturation, family norms, social support, coping, resilience, and cognitive and mental health among older immigrants.

Virtual Office Hours
Mondays/Thursdays, 9:00-10:30am & by appointment
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Research Interests

Minority aging, immigration, social determinants of health
Mental and cognitive health in later life
Cross-cultural and comparative studies

Recent Publications

  • Guo, M., Wang, Y., Liu, J.Y., Stensland, M., & Dong, X.Q. (2021). Coping repertoires and psychological well-being of Chinese older immigrants in the United State. Aging & Mental Health
  • Guo, M., Li, M.T., Xu, H.Z., Stensland, M., Bei, W., & Dong, X.Q. (2021). Age at migration and cognitive health among Chinese older immigrants in the United States. Journal of Aging and Health
  • Guo, M., Lemke, A., & Dong, X.Q. (2021). Sources of intergenerational conflict in Chinese immigrant families in the United States. Journal of Family Issues
  • Chen, Y., Guo, M., Xu, H.Z, Liu, Z.Y., Barry, L.C., & Wu, C.K. (2021). Association between early life circumstances and depressive symptoms among Chinese older adults: Results from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 292, 345-351
  • Li, M.T., Guo, M., Stensland, M., & Dong, X.Q. (2021). Family relationships and cognitive function among community-dwelling U.S. Chinese older adults. Research on Aging, 43 (1), 37-46
  • Mao, W.Y., Guo, M., Xu, L., Liu, J.Y., & Chi, I. (2021) Intergenerational support and self-rated health among older Chinese immigrants: Do depressive symptoms play a mediating role? China Journal of Social Work. 14 (1), 17-33
  • Liu, J.Y., Mao, W.Y., Guo, M., Xu, L., Chi, I., & Dong, X.Q. (2021) Loss of friends and psychological well-being of older Chinese immigrants. Aging & Mental Health, 25(2), 323-331
  • Xu, L., Liu, J.Y., Mao, W.Y., Guo, M., Chi, I., & Dong, X.Q. (2021). Intergenerational solidarity and being primary caregiver for older parents in Chinese American families: Findings from PIETY study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing
Teaching Areas

Research; gerontology


Research areas
  • Aging, Longevity, and End of Life
  • Health, Mental Health, and Disability
May Guo
Ph.D., University of Southern California School of Social Work, 2011, M.S., Department of Social Work & Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, 2005, B.S., School of Labor Relations & Human Resources, Renmin University of China, 2003

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