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Teresa Correia '95

When Teresa Correia '95 first visited Salve Regina, she describes it to have been the most beautiful place she'd ever seen. She still feels this way about Newport, and chose to attend Salve Regina for this exact reason.

Teresa's first job out of Salve Regina was as a residential instructor at the Deveruex Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school in Washington, Connecticut. She remained there for nine years and was promoted to residential supervisor, program manager and eventually director of milieu treatment. After receiving her doctorate in psychology, Teresa began her current job as a licensed clinical psychologist in a group practice in northern Virginia.

Teresa's favorite memory at Salve Regina was spending time on campus in the residence halls and walking the Cliff Walk with her roommates Angel, Emily, Tara, Aimee and Paige. Although these residence halls now have new names, Teresa lived in New Dorm A her sophomore year and was an RA in New Dorm B her senior year. Dr. Arthur Frankel, who still teaches in the Department of Psychology, was Teresa's favorite professor, as he encouraged her to pursue the psychology major. She also volunteered on the psychiatry floor at Newport Hospital and was involved with the religious services department while she was a student.

During her time at Salve Regina, Teresa was an RA and participated on the yearbook committee. She jokes that she wasn't very good, but she also played extramural sports. On campus, she enjoyed spending time in the great trees behind Wakehurst (now Gerety Hall) and when she went downtown, she frequented Dave's on Thames, Poor Richard's and Nikolas Pizza.

"The sense of community among teachers and students, from being a relatively small campus, will be both meaningful and rewarding," Teresa advises students who are considering Salve Regina. "The quality education will set you up for success in whatever career you pursue. It will be the best four years of your life.

"I still consider the Sisters' mission of service to others in both my personal and professional life decisions," Teresa adds. "In addition to providing mental health services to at-risk populations, I regularly volunteer my time with our local military spouses association. I participate in environmental cleanups and in helping animal rescue groups when I am able. My husband and I are both active members in our church."