Dr. Tedesco earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Widener University, and then practiced for several years in the community mental health system in Philadelphia. She moved into private practice and had opportunities to work with Amnesty International and the Liberty Center for Survivors of Trauma and Torture, Philadelphia Family Court, and the Federal Court System. She began working with attorneys on trauma cases and discrimination cases in 2005. During those years, she also began practicing mindfulness, first studying at The University of Pennsylvania with Michael Baime, M.D. This led to teacher training at Jefferson University with Diane Reibel, Ph.D., and ultimately to developing mindfulness-based programs for use with those who have suffered from trauma.
In 2009, Dr. Tedesco joined the VA Medical Center, Wilmington, DE, and developed a program offering mindfulness-based interventions for Veterans and their families. Some of these programs included traditional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), graduate practice groups, retreats several times yearly, as well as innovative mindfulness-based eating programs, mindfulness-informed programs for diseases of addiction and grasping, and mindfulness-based diabetes management programs. The Vanguards of Mindful Stewardship was developed to assist Veterans in sharing these teachings with others in their own communities. The three-semester teacher-training program for mindfulness practitioners was the only one of its kind in the VA.
Her practice now at Evergreen is limited to legal evaluations involving trauma, injury and discrimination.