Stephanie Torres, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Stephanie Torres, PhD is a Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her program of research focuses on ecological risk and resilience factors among low-income, Latinx communities, particularly Latinx families impacted by immigration-related stress. Her research emphasizes the resilience and cultural strengths among the Latinx community. She hopes to create school-based and community-based programs that promote well-being and mental health while utilizing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. She is also interested in avenues for promoting psychologists’ involvement in policy and advocacy efforts. Her clinical work has focused on addressing trauma exposure and she specializes in serving bilingual, Spanish-speaking families.
Child, Family, and Community (EPSY 382)
Facilitating Healthy Development in the Context of Trauma (EPSY 471)
UIC's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Pilot Grant Program: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health UL1TR002003, Pilot Testing of a Structural Racism Intervention for Latinx Immigrant Families: Blending of Implementation Science and Community-Engaged Research, PI
Jolie, S., Onyeka, O., DiClemente, C., Torres, S., Richards, M., & Santiago, C. (2021). Violence, Place, and Strengthened Space: A Review of Immigration Stress, Violence Exposure, and Intervention for Immigrant Latinx Youth and Families. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 17(1), 127-151.
Deane, K., Torres, S., Richards, M., Quimby, D., Escobar, C., Zakaryan, A., Murphy, B., Zarei, P., Bautista, S., Santiago, C.D., & Bocanegra, K. (2020). Systemic and Cultural Stressors among Mexican-American Youth: Immigration, Inequality, and Acculturation. Immigrant Children: Perspectives, Challenges, and Educational Implications.
Santiago, C.D., Ros, A.M., Distel, L.M.L., Papadakis, J.L., Torres, S.A., Brewer, S.K., & Fuller, A.K. (2019). Family Coping among Mexican-Origin Immigrants: Links to Child Mental Health. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-13
Distel L.M.L, Torres, S.A., Ros, A.M., Brewer, S.K., Raviv, T., Kolski, C., Smith, M.L., & Santiago, C.D. (2019). Evaluating the Implementation of the Bounce Back: Clinicians’ Perspectives on a School-Based Trauma Intervention. Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 4(1), 72-88.
Torres, S.A., Santiago, C.D., Richards, M., & Kaufka Walts, K. (2018). Immigration Policy, Practices, and Procedures: The Impact on the Mental Health of Latino Youth and Families. The American Psychologist, 73(7), 843-854.
Torres, S.A. & Santiago, C.D. (2017). Culture and educational stress and internalizing symptoms: The role of ethnic identity. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 3, 344-366.
2019 – PhD, Loyola University Chicago, Clinical Psychology
2016 – MA, Loyola University Chicago, Clinical Psychology
2013 – BA, DePaul University, Psychology and Latin American/Latinx Studies
Licensures and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois
The National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA)
Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)