Teresa Cuesta

Mentor: Dr. Maureen Curley
College of Nursing
"The study and research of psychological distress in women in any period of the lifespan has always been very interesting to me. Specifically, the study of behavioral aspects in women who use forms of emergency contraception and psychological disorders following abortion procedures are topics especially interesting for me. Studies based on evidence in these two aspects of women’s health have been subjects of high regard to me, and participating in this research has further developed my knowledge of research in these topics. Developing skills in the use of descriptive statistics, as one component of data analysis, was truly a fascinating opportunity through the Scholars Program and I am grateful to have been able to participate in the assistance of this larger study."





Research Interests

  • Maternal mental health
  • PTSD in women following induced abortion
  • Community health nursing

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016


  • Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement (SCLA)
  • Catholic Gators Coalition


  • DOSA Summer Camps
  • Pray for Life Network
  • St. Madeleine Church

Hobbies and Interests

  • Running
  • Music
  • Traveling
  • Cooking

Research Description

Characteristics of Psychological Distress Among College Students; Use of Emergency Contraception
Emergency contraception was initially introduced as a means of reducing psychological and physiological risks of induced abortion procedures. However there is limited information showing the benefits of ECs, and evidence showing either benefits or limitations of use has not been determined by research thus far. The aims of this research is to describe the relationship of emergency contraception use of women who have had abortions, and assisting in the analysis of the effects of the contraceptive use within the study. This research is part of a larger study describing the mental health of women after abortion on three groups of students: students who reported psychological distress after abortion, students who reported no psychological distress after abortion, and students who were never pregnant. The results of this evidence-based research reveal the psychological and physical distresses that emergency contraceptive use has on college female students in relation to those who have had abortion procedures as well as those who have not had induced abortion procedures.