Ma. Teresa Tuasonis Full Professor and Clinical Director in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of North Florida and is a Licensed Psychologist. Tes was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States for her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from the University at Albany, State University of New York and did her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah. Her research interests express her advocacy as a psychologist – specifically in addressing a) social issues such as poverty and inequities, and social justice issues related to counseling minority populations (in terms of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status), b) conducting research that is respectful and appreciative of culture given our global community, specifically of the populations of developing countries such as the Philippines, (overseas workers, parenting, differentiation from family, alcoholism), and c) family, couples, child and adolescent clinical issues using the systems perspective. Because of her love for the Philippines and her emotional obligation to share what she continues to learn in the United States, she helps her country by conducting research on the Philippines’ specific concerns such as poverty’s psychological correlates, processes, and coping. Therefore, she enjoys this fulfilling opportunity to join this symposium, making the face of the poor more concrete, palpable, and hopefully within reach of alleviation efforts.