Dr. Terri Lewinson graduated from the University of South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology. From the University of Georgia, Dr. Lewinson earned her Masters and PhD degrees in the School of Social Work with a focus on community empowerment and housing. As a practitioner, she has worked with individuals across the life course, including building mentorship opportunities for youth, providing family counseling, and navigating cancer patients through the complex healthcare systems. Most recently, Dr. Lewinson has served as Legislative Fellow for civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis. In her work on Capitol Hill, she managed an antipoverty portfolio that covered many issues, including women and children, criminal justice, labor, veteran’s affairs, energy and environmental justice and the arts. Dr. Lewinson is also a skilled qualitative social work researcher with a community-based focus. She builds important collaborative relationships with policy makers and constituents to create change for people challenged with homelessness and unstable housing conditions. Her work has been shared at local and national conferences with professional social workers and interdisciplinary gerontologists, where she specifically details difficult life experiences of disenfranchised people who are precariously-housed and coping with chronic and acute health challenges.