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Dr. Saras Chung is passionate about supporting children and youth in schools. As the executive director of St. Louis-based SKIP Designed, she works with educators to design systemic solutions that meets the needs of students. In her 20+ years of practice and research, she has consulted on system dynamics for philanthropies, public school administrators, corporations striving after socially responsible practices, and change leaders of nonprofit systems, nationally and internationally.
Chung has published research in peer-reviewed journals such as The American Journal of Community Psychology and The Journal for Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Social Work Research, and is the Vice President of Professional Practice for the International System Dynamics Society.
Dr. Chung also teaches master’s- and doctoral-level courses on social policy and service design using system dynamics at her alma mater in St. Louis, Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and Public Health and serves as a Research Fellow for the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. Dr. Chung has been recognized for her youth advocacy by the Missouri House of Representatives and has been awarded fellowships from the International Society for Child Indicators. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in social work from Washington University.
Education, Psychology and Human Behavior, Social Impact
I am a System Dynamicist and System Thinker
Qualitative AND quantitative work
Champion - You use models or maps developed by SD experts or hire people to create models or maps for you
Applied Theory - I am recognized as “a person to ask” when questions arise and I am capable of coaching others by translating complex nuances into easy to understand terms. I participate in senior level discussions and assist in the development of reference and resource materials for the field.