Faculty and Staff

Aileen Torres

Professor • Department of Psychology

Dr. Torres is a licensed practicing clinical psychologist who has clinical expertise in child abuse, trauma throughout the lifespan and family therapy. Dr. Torres is a recent mentor for the American Psychological Association's, Minority Fellowship Program, Training Advisory Committee (APA MFP TAC) and a Past-President of the Latino/a Psychological Association of NJ (LPANJ). She is on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA). She is also endorsed as a Level IV Clinical Mentor by the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health. She is a core faculty member or the university's Clinical PsyD program.

Professional Interests

Her research interests are in childhood emotional and sexual abuse, mental health disparities in low-income minority communities, cultural/ethnic identity development, Latinx mental health and immigration-related psychological evaluations.

Languages (other than English)

Spanish 

Degrees

PhD Clinical Psychology, Carlos Albizu University San Juan, PR

MA Psychology and Education, Teacher's College, Columbia University New York, NY

BA Psychology, Boston University Boston, MA

Specialization

Developmental psychopathology, child abuse, trauma, family therapy, immigration-related trauma, and bicultural identity development

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist 08/31/2010
Psychologist, NJ Board of Psychological Examiners State

12/31/2004
Psychologist, Junta Examinadora de Puerto Rico State

04/30/2014
Clinical Mentor Level IV, Endorsed, NJ Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement

Representative Publications


Cross-Cultural Factors in Trauma-Related Disorders; In L. Benuto, F. Gonzalez, & J. Singer, (Eds.). Handbook of Cultural Factors in Behavioral Health. ; Springer Publishing; 2020


Latino Trends and Health Policy: From Walking on Eggshells to Commitment” ; In L. Benuto (Ed), Enhancing Behavioral Health in Hispanic Populations: Eliminating Disparities Through Integrated Behavioral and Primary Care. Springer Publishing Company: NY.; Springer Publishing Company; 2016


Tools for Treating Trauma-Related Disorders Among Latinos; In L. Benuto (Ed), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients.; Springer Publishing Company; 2017
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-64880-4_3#citeas


Sociodemographic and childhood/family risk factors for homelessness: A “Puerto Rican Paradox?” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences; Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences; Volume 32, 2010


What about the family that is already here? Immigration-related forensic evaluations of extreme hardship.; American Psychological Association; Volume 40, 2020

Awards and Honors

The Robert D. McCormick Distinguished Member Award
Latino/a Mental Health Association of NJ (LMHANJ)
02/19/2021

2020 NJPA Dr. Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award
New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA)
08/05/2020

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), Training Advisory Committee-6 years
American Psychological Association
03/01/2014

Minority Fellowhip Program, Fellow
American Psychological Association
07/01/2008

Notable Courses Taught

Child Abuse & Neglect
Latinx Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Family Therapy-Graduate
Developmental Psychopathology-Graduate
Practicum II & IV-Doctoral

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By appointment