Department of Psychology

Dr. Aileen Torres


Office: Science East 2034
Phone: 973-720-3391
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 am and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm

Department: Psychology
Position: Assistant Professor

Area Specialization
Multicultural competency, trauma-informed treatment, sexual abuse, bicultural identity integration, immigration-related psychological evaluations

Dr. Torres is a licensed clinical psychologist in NJ and Puerto Rico with clinical experiences focused on trauma responses, family therapy, parenting and cultural adaptation. She is a Past-President of the Latino Psychological Association of NJ (LPANJ). Dr. Torres is currently a mentor for the American Psychological Association's, Minority Fellowship Program, Training Advisory Committee (APA MFP TAC).  She was the Associate Director of Clinical Services/Internship Director at the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health from 2011-2017 and is endorsed as a Level IV Clinical Mentor by the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health. She was formerly the Director of the Bilingual Integrative Trauma Treatment program at the RDTC at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. In 2011 she served on the Advisory Group on Child Abuse and Neglect Mental Health Evaluation for the NJ Department of Children and Families. Her private practice work has focused on immigration-related forensic evaluations.

2002-2007   Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico (APA accredited program) Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

2000-2002   Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ (AAMFT accredited program); Doctoral student Marriage and Family Therapy     

1999-2000   Columbia University, Teacher’s College, New York, NY;  M.A., Psychology and Education

1994 - 1998  Boston University, Boston, MA;  B.A., Psychology and Spanish Literature

Select Publications:

Torres, A., & Maldonado, M. (in press) Tools for Treating Trauma-Related Disorders Among Latinos. In L. Benuto (Ed), Toolkit for Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients. Springer Publishing Company: NY ?

Torres, A. & Quintana, C. (2017) "Emotional Abuse" In K. Nadal (Ed), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Sage Publications, Inc.: Amherst, MA.

Mazzula, S., & Torres, A. (2016) 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

Torres, A., Garcia, A., & Nogueras, J. (2010) Sociodemographic and childhood/family risk factors for homelessness: A “Puerto Rican Paradox?” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32(4).

Hernandez, P. & Torres, A. (2005) Dilemmas of motherhood and social activism in times of war: A clinical consultation. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 16(4), 65-82.

Select Presentations:

Torres, A. (2017, August) The personality profiles (MMPI-2) of U.S. citizens married to undocumented immigrants. Paper presentation at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention (Division 41): Washington: D.C.

Parham, T. Manese, J.  Torres, A,  & Durvasala, R. (2017, August). Activism, Agitation and Advocacy—The Role of MFP in Promoting Social Justice. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention: Washington: D.C.?

Torres, A., Maldonado, M. & Restrepo, M.  (2017, June). Entre Familas: A Bicultural Prevention Program. 2nd Annual Conference,?Hands for Mental Health Project by Fundación Manos a La Ayuda, Montclair State University,  Montclair, NJ.?

Wang, S. & Torres, A. (2016, April). Working with Refugee and Asylee Populations. APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Webinar.

Mazzula, S. & Torres, A. (2015, November). Policy considerations for Hispanics and Integrated Care. Paper presented at the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey Conference, Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Torres, A., & Gaztambide, D. (2012, April). The Bilingual Integrative Trauma Treatment Program: A Culturally-Specific Program for Latino/as. Presentation at the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect. Washington, DC.