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Stephanie Torres, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Educational Psychology

Pronouns: She/Hers/Ella


Building & Room:

1408 ETMSW

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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.

Courses Taught
Child, Family, and Community (EPSY 382)
Facilitating Healthy Development in the Context of Trauma (EPSY 471)

Selected Publications

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

Professional Memberships

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)