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

Select Presentations

  • Torres, H. (2013). Practicing Liberation Psychology with Latino/a LGBT clients. Paperpresented at the 30th Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education. New York, NY.
  • 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., 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. 
  • 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., Chavez, N., and Adames, H. (2011). Teaching Latino/a Style: Addressing challenges and strengths of US Latino/a Graduate Students. XXXIII Congreso Interamericano de Psicología, Medellín, Colombia. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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. & 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

Select Publications

  • Torres, H.L., Delonga, K., Lee, S., Gladstone, K.A., Barrad, A., Huckaby, S., Koopman, C., & Gore-Felton, C. (in press). Socio-contextual factors: moving beyond individual determinants of sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual adolescent males. Journal of LGBT Youth. 
  • 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.

Community Involvement

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

Professional Memberships

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


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.