Teresa works with west side Salt Lake City residents in different capacities. Her research interests are mental health, substance use and community practice. Her dissertation on recovery from intimate abuse among Latinas gave her insights on the protective and risk factors for Latino families in Utah. She has conducted impact and empowerment evaluation for the Westside Leadership Institute, and volunteered as an instructor for refugee nonprofit organizations and NAMI. She helps grow residents and organization capacity to respond to their own cultural and linguistic strengths and needs. As Associate Director at University Neighborhood Partners, her mission is to support the development of UNP’s community capacity and wellbeing, education pathways, and community leadership partnerships.
Teresa has great experience working in Mexico and Utah with neighborhood/refugee background and immigrant communities, individuals and families. She has an appointment as assistant professor/lecturer at the College of Social Work and works closely on Community Capacity and Wellbeing partnerships, in conjunction with URLEND, University of Utah Health, Latino Behavioral Health Services, Bilingual Radio Utah, and Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families. Teresa earned her PhD and MSW degrees from the University of Utah; her MBA degree from Lake Superior State University; and her BS in Economics at UNAM, Mexico. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah.