Teraesa Vinson


Teraesa Vinson, Ph.D., is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice. She collaborates with clients across industries, focusing on CEO assessment and succession planning, board assessment and review, CEO coaching, and CEO review.


As a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience in assessment and intervention, Teraesa brings substantial psychological training and experience to her role. She is skilled at top talent assessment across industries for organizations ranging from large public companies to smaller, high-growth PE and VC-backed businesses.

Teraesa has led and worked on many CEO successions across various industries, including technology, healthcare and life sciences, professional services, financial services, and consumer products. She works closely with boards to identify the ideal characteristics of their next leader and guide the process of accurately measuring internal and external talent on leadership style, cognitive approach, and organizational fit.

Earlier in her career, Teraesa was a clinical professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, conducting graduate-level training in selecting, administering, and interpreting psychological assessment instruments. She previously held academic positions at the University of Florida and City University of New York.  


University of Florida, Doctor of Philosophy 

University of Florida, Master of Science 

Spelman College, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology