Luis R. Torres

 Luis 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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