Teresa Young is pursuing a PhD in Social Work. A native of Alabama, Teresa was the first graduate of the BSW program at the University of North Alabama. Five years later, she entered the graduate program at the University of Alabama and obtained her MSW in May 1981. For the next 20 years she worked in Morgan County in a various roles, including program supervisor at the Morgan County Department of Human Resources. In 2003 she was promoted to Assistant Director of Administration for the Madison County Department of Human Resources where she remained until she retired in 2005. From 2006-2010, she served as the founding Executive Director of the Morgan County Child Advocacy Center where she provided counseling to older children and adolescents who had been sexually abused. Currently, she provides counseling through a program at the UA Student Health Center for students found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct because of alcohol and marijuana. Recently, she participated in the Exploring Cultural Intelligence class that travelled to Hong Kong. She also serves as the PhD student representative for The Social Work Society. She is specifically interested in research that will lead to advancing the knowledge of how multidisciplinary child protection teams function in order to improve community response to child abuse.