Tressa, a licensed Master’s level social worker, has broad experience in working with children with special healthcare needs, both in community-based organizations and in various subspecialties within Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Additionally, Tressa has experience working in the youth development sector in Central America with the United States Peace Corps.

As a member of the Global Patient Services (GPS) team, Tressa provides psychosocial assessments and interventions with international families seeking care at CHOP. Tressa has a passion for providing culturally competent care in the healthcare setting.

Tressa received her master’s degree through the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice. 

Education and Training

Board Certification

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

Undergraduate Degree

BSW - Baylor University, Waco, TX 

Graduate Degree

MSW - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Social Worker, Global Patient Services


Posters and Presentations


Dabney T. Psychosocial Factors Impacting Children Living with Diabetes. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Diabetes Nurse and Caregiver Conference. October 13, 2018.  


Dabney T. Transitioning to Adult Healthcare: Young women with Turner’s Syndrome, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Turner’s Syndrome Annual Conference for Families. April 22, 2017.

Awards and Honors

2017, Good Catch Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2013, John Hope Franklin Combating American Racism Award, University of Pennsylvania
2012-2013, Dean’s Merit Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania