Dr. Torres is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at The University of Houston, and a researcher with both the Center for Drug and Social Policy Research and the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research. Prior to coming to the University of Houston, Dr. Torres completed a two year National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. His research agenda focuses on health disparities, specifically co-occurring mental health, substance use and medical disorders in Hispanics, and on family-strengthening efforts with a focus on Hispanic communities. He is currently the Project Director of a NIDA-funded study examining health consequences of long-term injection heroin use in aging Mexican American men.
Dr. Torres is also Co-Principal Investigator in a national implementation evaluation of grantees in the federal Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative, focusing on issues of cultural resonance and cultural adaptations, and Co-Principal Investigator in a national study examining programs that serve Hispanic fathers. He was just awarded a 3-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to do screening, navigation into care, and prevention of mental illness, substance use, and HIV/AIDS among Hispanic and African American students ages 18 to 24 at the University of Houston, and among Hispanics and African Americans ages 18 to 24 in the communities surrounding the university. Dr. Torres, a native of Puerto Rico, has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University in New York City and over 20 years of clinical, administrative, and research experience.