Luis R. Torres

Associate Professor

Room: 303 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8512

Current Curriculum Vitae
Center for Drug and Social Policy Research

Personal statement

Teaching, research, shared governance, and community engagement/community service are four pillars that support a successful academic career in a tier one research university. I strive to continuously engage in all four activities, and to blend them together as much as possible. Social work education and research can play a critical role in addressing the many needs and building upon the many assets of the communities we work with.


  • 2005 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York
  • 1991 Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York
  • 1989 Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Licenses and Certifications

License-Eligible, Clinical Psychology

Areas of Specialization

Health Disparities; Co-Occurring Disorders (substance use, mental illness, and medical conditions); HIV/AIDS; Family Strengthening; Hispanic Families and Communities

Courses taught

  • SOCW 6201/6202 Foundations of the Social Work Profession/Practice Module
  • SOCW 7316 Clinical Practice with Latinos
  • SOCW 7324 Clinical Applications of the DSM in Social Work
  • SOCW 7360 International Social Work: A Comparative Approach (Study Abroad Program to El Salvador)
  • SOCW 7397 Transtheoretical Clinical Practice: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
  • SOCW 7397/SOCW 8397/PSYC 4397/HON 4397 Research on Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance-Related Disorders
  • SOCW 8327 Doctoral Level Grant Writing

Research interests

Health disparities, specifically co-occurring mental health, substance use and medical disorders (including HIV/AIDS) in Hispanics; and family-strengthening efforts with a focus on Hispanic communities.


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