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Tribute to CFS Professor Dr. Teresa Nesman

Tribute to CFS Professor Dr. Teresa Nesman

Dr. Teresa Nesman, Applied Anthropologist and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies at USF, passed away peacefully on August 6th in Tampa, FL after a long illness. Teresa was a special part of CFS for 20 years before retiring in 2015 to attend to her health and fulfill a few travel dreams.

Teresa was a highly valued colleague and dear friend to many and will be greatly missed. She will long be remembered for her many efforts to improve the accessibility of mental health services for diverse children and their families. She led several national research and evaluation efforts on cultural competence and reducing mental health disparities as well as numerous community-based collaborative projects targeting Latino children and families. Through this work, she contributed to numerous reports, monographs, book chapters, and presentations on the development of accessible service systems for diverse children, youth, and families. In addition, she developed graduate coursework on cultural competence and community-based interventions for diverse children and youth that continues to be taught in CFS. Read more...