Therese has worked with refugees, migrants, and displaced persons in Southeast Asia for more than 30 years together with community-based organizations, international bodies, foundations, and academic institutions. Her work has emphasized building leadership and skills in local communities and contributing to policies that shift resources responsibly to the local level where they are most needed.
Therese has published on the wide range of vulnerabilities faced by mobile populations. She emphasizes participatory approaches to conducting research and development projects. Therese has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and is currently on faculty with University of Washington, Seattle University, and Thammasat University.