Hector Torres

Hector Torres

Department Faculty
  • Associate Professor
    Counseling Department

  • The Chicago School Chicago
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
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Throughout his career, Dr. Torres has engaged in different roles, including program director, coordinator/developer, educator, researcher, and clinician. His education/prevention work started in 1996. Since then, Dr. Torres has been involved in the development, implementation, administration, and supervision of several government-funded and foundation-funded projects addressing adolescent health issues.

In terms of clinical experience, Dr. Torres has focused on serving minorities and individuals living below the poverty line. He has worked in diverse clinical settings including community-based mental health agencies, evaluation clinics, state forensic hospital, and a pediatric hospital. Currently he provides psychological services through his private practice in Chicago and in collaboration with selected community service agencies. Dr. Torres’ research interests include culturally competent work with Latino/a clients; issues of racism and discrimination; gay, lesbian, bisexual issues; HIV prevention; and Liberation Psychology.

  • 10/2004-06/2006- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Science Research, Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Psychiatry & Behavioral, Medicine. Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • 09/2001-12/2004- Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Major Field-Clinical Psychology, Supporting Field-Forensic Psychology, Carlos Albizu University (APA Accredited), Miami, FL
  • 08/1997-09/2001- M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Major Field-Psychology, Carlos Albizu University (APA Accredited), San Juan, PR and Miami, FL
  • 08/1993-05/1997- B.A., Psychology, Major in Psychology, Minor in Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR
  • 05/2010-Present- Licensed psychologist by the State of Illinois (License No. #071007914)
Areas Of Expertise


Invited Presentations

Torres, H. (2013). Sensation Seeking, Alcohol Use, and Sexual Risk among GBT  Male Adolescents . Presentation at the HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse and Trauma  Training Program Fall Institute. Los Angeles, CA.

Seymour, W. Smith, R., Torres, H. (2013). Building a Better Man: A blueprint for  decreasing violence and increasing prosocial behavior in the American male.     Workshop at the Illinois Psychological Association Annual Convention.     Schamburg, IL.

Torres, H.L. (2013). La Cultura Cura: Integrando la Cultura en el Tratamiento para el  Abuso y Dependencia de Drogas. NW Latino Institute Conference. Portland, OR.

Torres, H, Quiñonez, V., & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2012). Affirmative Psychotherapies: Practice and supervision issues with Latino/a LGBT Clients.  Pre-Conference workshop presented at the biennial meeting of the National Latino Psychological Association. New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Torres, H. (2011). Centro para Salud Mental Latina: Un Modelo Educativo para la Integración de Cultura y Psicología. XXXVIII Congreso Nacional para Enseñanza e Investigación en Psicología, Ciudad México, D.F.  

Smith, R., Torres, H., and Seymour, W. (2011). Building a Better Man: A Violence/Abuse Prevention Model for Boys & Young Men. 25th Together for Children Conference, Lake Geneva, WI.

Torres, H. and Chavez, N. (2011). Translating the “Gringo Concept” of Mental Health:  Moving Past Cultural Barriers and Stereotypes to Engage Clients in Mental Health Treatment. DCF’s 23rd Annual Latino Family Institute, Lisle, IL.

Torres, H. (2009). Breaking Down Walls: Overcoming Barriers Due to Racism. Latino AdvisoryCommittee Institute, Illinois Department of Children and Families Services, Itasca, IL

Torres, H. (2009). Overcoming the Challenges: Cultural Competent Service to Latino/as. How Healthy is Your Zipcode? Summit, Chicago, IL.

Torres, H. (2008). 2nd Annual Conference: The Art of Feeling Well. Conference’s Moderator.  Evanston, IL

Torres, H. (2008). Latino Health Status Report. Diverse and Resilient, Inc. Milwaukee, WI

Torres, H. (2007). The Art of Feeling Well: Depression among Latino/as. Conference’s Moderator. Evanston, IL

Torres, H. (2007). Culturally Sensitive Therapy: Working with Latino/a Client. Grand Rounds. Chicago, IL

Torres, H. (2001). Innovative Ways of Working with Adolescents. Acción Solidaria Contra el SIDA, Caracas, Venezuela

Torres, H. (2000-2003). HIV/AIDS Basics. HIV/AIDS School Board Speaker Bureau, Miami, FL

Peer Reviewed International Conferences

Adames, H.Y., Chavez, NY., Torres, H., & Zaman, F. (2011). Collectively building bridges in the academy: Culture centered pedagogy. Paper presented at the biennial International Conference on The Teaching of Psychology. Vancouver, Canada.

Torres, H., Chavez, N., and Adames, H. (2011). Teaching Latino/a Style: Addressing challenges and strengths of US Latino/a Graduate Students. XXXIII Congreso Interamericano de Psicologia, Medellin, Colombia.

Torres, H. and Quinonez, V. (2010). Necesidad y creación del Centro para Salud Mental Latina en Chicago. VII Congreso Iberoamericano de Psicología, Oviedo, Spain

Chavez, N. and Torres, H. (2010). Dificultades en el acceso de servicios de salud mental entre los Latino/as. VII Congreso Iberoamericano de Psicología, Oviedo, Spain.

Schreier, D., Torres, H., Dubrow, N., Swaroop, S. and Petersen, M. (2009). Consultations amidst Trauma and Loss: Recognizing and Honoring Differences among Cultures Poster. The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ 25th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

Torres, H., DeLonga, K., Lee, S., Gladstone, K., Barrad, A., Huckaby, S., Koopman, C., and Gore-Felton, C. (2009). Predictors of Unprotected Anal Intercourse Among Gay and Bisexual Adolescent Males Poster. Society of Behavioral Medicine 30th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, Montreal, Canada.

National and Regional Peer Reviewed Conferences

Torres, H., & Kestner, J. (2013). Latino/a Gangs from an Ecological Perspective: Fighting for     Wellness. Presentation at the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference. Skokie,  IL.

Torres, H.  (2013). The use of Liberation Psychology when working with Latino/a LGBT individuals. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Teacher’s College Columbia University, Winter Roundtable Conference. New York, NY. 

Torres, H., Seymour, W., & Smith, R. (2012). How to become a Latino man and not die in the attempt. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the National Latino Psychological Association. New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Chavez, N.Y.,  Adames, H.Y., & Torres, H.L. (2012). The application of Latina/o cultural value in teaching (LCVT): An integrative model. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the National Latino Psychological Association. New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Chavez, N., Torres, H., & Evans, S. (2010). Symposium: The Cycle of Gender Role Socialization for Latino/as. National Latino Psychological Associations’ Biennial Conference. San Antonio, Tx

Taylor, M., Torres-Eaton, N., Huszti, H., Torres, H., & Morales, E. (2010). Developing Spanish language Competencies among Clinical Psychologists: Emerging Strategies and Programs. National Latino Psychological Associations’ Biennial Conference. San Antonio, Tx

Fuentes, M., Adamés, H., Laria, A., Morales, E., Peña, E., Quinonez, V., Ramos Sánchez, L., & Torres, H. (2010). Preparing Mental Health Professionals to Work with Latinos Promising Training Models. National Latino Psychological Associations’ Biennial Conference. San Antonio, Tx

Seymour, W., Smith, R., & Torres, H. (2010). Getting the Ene-Me Out of Me: A Cross-cultural Exploration of Aggression and Conceptions of Masculinity in the Socialization of Boys. 2010 WACYCP Midwest Regional Youth Care Conference, Waukesha, WI

Langtiw, C., Sargeant, G., & Torres, H. (2010). Discussion on the experience of supervisors of  color. 2010’s Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling Conference, Chicago, IL

Sierra, A., Torres, H., & Chávez- Dueñas, N. Y. (2010). Sensation seeking and its relationship with externalizing behaviors in Gay youth. Poster presented at the Cultural Impact Conference, Chicago, IL

Chávez- Dueñas, N. Y. & Torres H. (2009). Students’ evaluations of the Latino Mental Health Concentration (LMHC). Individual presentation at Boston College Institute for the Study and  Promotion of Race and Culture’s Diversity Challenge. Boston, MA

Torres, H. (2009). Covert Racism as a Traumatic Event in Latino/a Clients. Southeast Counseling Psychology Regional conference, Athens, GA.

Torres, H. (2008). Day to Day Racism/Discrimination and its Psychological Consequence on Latino/a Clients. 16th Annual Latino Mental Health Conference, Chicago, IL

Torres, H. & O’Connor, A. (2008). I Shouldn’t Need to Press ‘1’ for English: Racism as a Traumatic Event in Latino/a Clients. National Latino Psychological Association’s Bi-Annual Conference. Costa Mesa, CA

Torres, H. & Barbosa, P. (2008). Agapé Christian Reconciliation Conversations: A program addressing Religion and Homosexuality among Latino/as. National Latino Psychological Association’s Bi-Annual Conference. Costa Mesa, CA

Roberto Lopez-Tamayo, B.A.; Joseph Schifferdecker, B.A.; J. Andy Smith, Ph.D.; & Hector L.Torres, PsyD. (2008). Literature Review on  Specific Barriers that Mental Health Providers Must Address in Providing Services to Latinos/as Poster. Cultural Impact Conference, Chicago, IL

Coley, B., Gutnecht, L. Hermann, M., Hollander, G. & Torres, H. (2007). HIV Prevention/Safer Sex for FTMs and Mental Health Providers. Forge Forward Conference, Milwaukee, WI

Torres, H. (2005). Loneliness: An Overlooked HIV Risk Factor American Psychological Society’s 17th Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA

Torres, H. (2002). Youth and Adults: A Generation Gap & Internalized Homophobia. National Encuentro, National Latin Lesbian Gay Organization, Miami, FL

Torres, H. (2001). Youth, Men and Women of When? Working with Adolescents. Ryan White National Youth Conference, Denver, CO

Torres, H. & Jablonki, A. (2001). Camera, Action, Go: Interactive Techniques. Ryan White National Youth Conference, Denver, CO

Torres, H. (2000). Innovative Ways of Working with Adolescents. SIDA Esperanza y Vida, Miami, FL 

Torres, H. (1998). Youth, Men and Women of when? Working with Adolescents. National Encuentro, National Latin Lesbian Gay Organization. Chicago, IL


Peer Reviewed Publications

Torres, H.L., Delonga, K., Lee, S, Gladstone, K.A., Barrad, A., Huckaby, S., Koopman,    & Gore-Felton, C. (2013). Sociocontextual Factors: Moving Beyond Individual  Determinants of Sexual Risk Behavior Among Gay and Bisexual Adolescent Males. Journal of LGBT Youth, 10(3): 173-185.

Torres, H.L., Chavez-Dueñas, N., & Seal, D.W. Sensation Seeking and Alcohol Use Among  GBT Male Adolescents in the Midwest. Manuscript submitted for revision to The Journal  of Counseling in Illinois.

Torres, H.L., O’Conor, A., Mejia, C.m Camacho, Y., & Long, A. (2011). The American Dream: Racism Towards Latino/as in the U.S. and the Experience of Trauma Symptoms. Interamerican Journal of Psychology,   45 (3): 319-474

Chavez, N., Torres, H.L., & Adames, H.Y. (2011). Barriers to Mental Health Utilization Among Latino/as: A Contextual Model and Recommendations. Journal of Counseling in Illinois, 2: 49-58.

Delonga, K., Torres, H.L., Kamen, C., Evans, S.N., Lee, S., Koopman, C., & Gore-Felton, C. (2011). Loneliness, internalized homophobia, and internet use: Factors associated with sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual adolescent males. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, 18: 61-74.

Barbosa, P., Torres, H., Khan, N., & Silva, M. (2010). The Agapé Christian Reconciliation Conversations: An intervention exploring the intersections of culture, religiousness and homosexual identity in the Latino and European Americans. Journal of Homosexuality. 57: 1, 98-116.

Randolph-Frye, M.E., Torres, H., Gore-Felton, C., Clavet-Jennings, G., McGarvey, E. (2009). Variations by gender and ethnicity in the alcohol and sexual risk relationship. American Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, ifirst: 1-5.

Torres, H.L. & Gore-Felton, C. (2007). Compulsivity, Substance Use, and Loneliness: The Loneliness and Sexual Risk Model (LSRM). Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 14: 63-75.

Fernandez, M.I., Varga, L.M., Perrino, T., Collazo, J.B., Subiaul, F., Rehbein, A., Torres, H., Castro, M., & Bowen, G.S. (2004). The Internet as recruitment tool for HIV studies: Viable strategy for reaching at-risk Hispanic MSM in Miami? AIDS Care, 16(8): 953-963.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Torres, H. (2014). Homosexuals and Immigration. In Ochoa O’leary, A. (Ed.), Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO-Greenwood.

Torres, H.L. (2013, Summer/Fall). Politics and Psychotherapy. El Boletin: The Newsletter of the   National Latino/a Psychological Association, pp.4.

Torres, H. & Ely, K. (2010). Breaking the Silence: A call to address the intersection between Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Latina/o Cultures El Boletin: The Newsletter of the National Latino/a Psychological Association: Summer/Fall

Torres, H., & Chavez-Duenas, N.Y. (2009) Latino/a graduate students: Challenges, sources of stress, and training implications. El Boletin: The Newsletter of the National Latino/a Psychological Association: Summer/Fall

Torres, H. (2009). LGBT Hispanics. Chapter in Hispanic American Religious Cultures (2nd volume), book edited by De La Torre, M. ABD-Clio: Santa Barbara, CA

Torres, H. (2003).   Intervention Manual and Video, The Pool Party: A prevention program for adolescents based on the Transtheoretical Model. Hispanic AIDS Awareness Program. Miami, FL

Torres, H. (2001). Intervention Manual, Projecto Valiente: A Prevention Program Applying the Transtheoretical Model, Union Positiva, Miami FL

Torres, H. (2001). Substance abuse prevention program’s newsletter, Gente Joven (Young People), Abriendo Puertas, Miami, FL

Torres, H. & Jablonki, A. (2000). HIV prevention program’s newsletter, Youth Net’s News, Care Resource, Miami FL

Torres, H. & Jablonki, A. (2000). Intervention Manual, Youth Net: An Interactive HIV Youth Prevention Intervention, Care Resource, Miami FL

Editorship/Journal Reviews

09/2012           Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journal of Latina/o Psychology

09/2012           Ad Hoc Reviewer for Interamerican Journal of Psychology

08/2012           Ad Hoc Reviewer for American Psychologist

09/2011           Ad Hoc Reviewer for Health Education & Behavior.

02/2011           Ad Hoc Reviewer for Health Education & Behavior.

Community Involvement

  • Advisory Board Member, Latino Alzheimer’s & Memory Disorders Alliance, Chicago, IL

Professional Memberships

  • 2012-  Present-  Illinois Counseling Association
  • 2006 - Present-  National Latino Psychological Association 
  • 2005 – Present-  Sociedad Interamericana de Psicología
  • 2007 - 2012-       American Psychological Association 
  • 2007 - 2010-       Midwest Association of Latino Psychologists 


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: As a professor, I not only share facts, but also provide students with opportunities to experience psychology. For that reason interactive classroom activities are often employed to provide students with opportunities to engage in decisions, formulate judgment, generate answers, and construct new questions. Hence, in my classrooms questions are valued and mistakes are considered a necessary part of learning. It is my intention that students connect what they have learned with their interests and life experiences in a way that they can analyze, synthesize, and apply. Finally, I strive to provide students with a supportive learning environment where diversity is respected, and where motivation, communication, and learning are enhanced.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A:The following statement about social psychology closely describes my philosophy regarding the practice of psychology: "While the modern social psychologist does indeed need experimental, statistical, and computer skills, he needs also historical perspective. He needs immersion in theories (both macro and micro). Above all, he needs an ability to relate his problem, to the context in which it properly belongs. Sometimes the context lies in the traditions of academic psychology, often in sociology or anthropology, sometimes in philosophy or theology, occasionally in history or in economics, frequently in the political life of our day. Sometimes the science of genetics or clinical experience provides the context."

- Allport (1966)     

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I chose to study psychology because I wanted to better understand the thinking processes leading to specific behaviors; in addition to better understand myself and others.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: Your professors can be great resources. Meet with them.