Chao Guo

Assistant Professor
Institute of Population Research, Peking University

Field of Study: Demography, Environment, Psychology, Public Health/ Epidemiology
Specialization: Ageing, Children and Youth, Economic Demography, Medicine, Life Science, Mortality, Health, and Longevity, Population and Environment, Reproductive Health (Family Planning)
Regional focus: East Asia
Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, or MD), Peking University, Demography, 2016
Working languages: Chinese
Other association membership in population or related fields: Asian Population Association (APA), Population Association of America (PAA)
Professional Summary:

Dr. Guo is a research fellow, assistant professor, and Ph.D. supervisor at the Institute of Population Research, Peking University. She also holds the position of vice dean at the APEC Health Science Academy (HeSAY), Peking University, and serves as the secretary-general of the Disability Prevention and Control Committee of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association.


Dr. Guo obtained her Bachelor's degrees in Medicine and Economics from Peking University in 2011, and later completed her Ph.D. in Demography at Peking University in 2016. Her research primarily focuses on understanding the social and environmental factors that influence population health. Her scholarly work has been published in esteemed journals such as the Lancet Planetary Health, Science Bulletin, and the American Journal of Public Health, showcasing her significant contributions to the field.



Chao Guo*, Xiyuan Hu, Dianqi Yuan, Yuyu Zeng, Peisen Yang. The effect of COVID-19 on public confidence in the World Health Organization: a natural experiment among 40 countries. Globalization and Health. 2022; 18(1): 77.
Chao Guo*, Xiyuan Hu, Chaofan Xu, Xiaoying Zheng*. Association between Olympic Games and children’s growth: evidence from China. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022; (56): 1110-1114.
Chao Guo*, Xiaoying Zheng*. Prenatal exposure to the SARS epidemic emergency and risk of cognitive impairment in toddlers. Science Bulletin, 2021; 66(21): 2153-2156.
Chao Guo, Xiaoying Zheng*. Restoration of Population Disability Trajectory During Hundreds of Years — China, 1896–2006. China CDC Weekly, 2021; 3(22): 468-471.
Chao Guo, Gong Chen, Ping He, Lei Zhang, Xiaoying Zheng*. Risk of cognitive impairment in children after maternal exposure to the 1998 Yangtze River flood during pregnancy: analysis of data from China's second National Sample Survey on Disability. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2020; 4(11), e522-e529.
Chao Guo#*, Xiaoying Zheng#*. The Effect of the National Birth Defects Intervention Project on the Prevention of Congenital Disabilities among Children in China: A Natural Experiment. The British Journal of Nutrition, 2020; 124(7): 709-714.
Chao Guo, Jinghua Chang, Xiaoying Zheng*, Linhong Wang*. Utilization Rate of Healthcare Service of the Elderly with Disabilities — China, 1987−2014. China CDC Weekly, 2020; 2(28), 515-519.
Chao Guo, Ping He, Xinming Song, Xiaoying Zheng*. Long-term effects of prenatal exposure to earthquake on adult schizophrenia. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2019; 215(6): 730-735.
Chao Guo, Yanan Luo, Xiaoxue Tang, Xinming Song, Xiaoying Zheng*. Poverty and youth disabilities in China: results from a large, nationwide, population-based survey. PloS One, 2019; 14(4): e0215851.
Chao Guo, Ruoxi Ding, Xu Wen, Xiaoying Zheng*. Male Experience and Sociodemographic Characteristics of Premarital Pregnancy: Based on a Nationwide Population-Based Survey Among Urban and Rural Chinese Youths. American Journal of Men's Health, 2019; 13(1): 1557988319831900.
Chao Guo, Lihua Pang, Xu Wen, Xiaoying Zheng*. Risky Sexual Behaviors and Repeat Induced Abortion among Unmarried Young Women in China: Results from a Large, Nationwide, Population-based Sample. Journal of Women’s Health, 2019; 28(10): 1442-1449.
Chao Guo#, Xiaoying Zheng#*. Health Challenges and Opportunities for an Aging China. American Journal of Public Health, 2018; 108(7): 890-892.
Chao Guo, Zhenjie Wang, Ning Li, Gong Chen, Xiaoying Zheng*. Co-morbid visual and psychiatric disabilities among the Chinese elderly: A national population-based survey. Current Eye Research, 2017; 42(12): 1733-1737.
Chao Guo, Xu Wen, Ning Li, Zhenjie Wang, Gong Chen, Xiaoying Zheng*. Is cigarette and alcohol use associated with the high-risk sexual behaviors among youth in China? Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2017; 14(5):659-665.
Chao Guo, Wei Du, Lihua Pang, Chenghua Hu, Xiaoying Zheng*. Prevalence and factors associated with healthcare service use among Chinese elderly with disabilities. Journal of Public Health, 2016; 38 (3): e345-e351.
Xiaoying Zheng*, Wei Du, Ning Li, Gong Chen, Yan Guo, Chao Guo, Lei Zhang, Jilei Wu, Sanjun Chen. Mortality of people with disabilities in China: a prospective cohort study. The Lancet, 2015; 386(Special Issue): s79.