Teraesa Vinson


Office Location: Los Angeles

Phone: +1 213-625-8811

Teraesa Vinson, Ph.D., is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles' Los Angeles office, specializing in leadership assessment within the CEO and Board Practice. She is responsible for administering strategy assessments to executive search candidates, as well as translating those results for client decision-makers.

Teraesa comes to Heidrick & Struggles from another global talent management firm, where she was responsible for marketing, administration, interpretation, and training related to proprietary leadership assessment tools. She was also instrumental in providing quality control for assessment-related projects in leadership development and executive recruitment. Additionally, Teraesa led multiple teams in the internal scientific institute, managing strategy around specific data systems and intellectual property development.

As a licensed psychologist, Teraesa brings substantial psychological training and experience to her corporate roles, with almost 20 years of assessment practice, consultation, and supervision within academic, medical, forensic and social service settings.

Prior to entering executive search, she was a clinical professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her primary focus involved training in the selection, administration, and interpretation of psychological assessment instruments at the graduate level. She also previously held academic positions at the University of Florida and City University of New York. 


Teraesa earned a doctor of philosophy and master in science in counseling psychology from the University of Florida and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Spelman College.