Edil Torres-Rivera was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. During his 12 year Army career he completed a bachelor degree from Regents College in New York and a MEd from Boston University and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut to begin doctoral studies in counseling psychology with a concentration in "Multicultural Counseling."
Dr. Edil Torres Rivera is interested in multicultural counseling, group work, chaos theory, liberation psychology, technology, supervision, multicultural counseling, prisons, Puerto Rican studies, identity development, and gang-related behavior. Specifically, his primary research focuses on complexity and how indigenous healing techniques are a necessary ingredient when working with ethnic minority populations in the United States. Dr. Torres has additional interests in studying the implications of social injustice and oppression in counseling and psychotherapy with ethnic minorities, in particular, with school age Latinos/Latinas in the United States. His work has appeared in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, Radical Psychology Journal, Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, Intervention in School and Clinic Journal, Counselor Education and Supervision Journal, Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Journal of Psychological Practice, Educational Technology, Computers in the Schools, Counseling and Values Journal, Journal of Technology in Counseling, and the Canadian Journal of Counselling. He was part of the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and Counselor Education and Supervision Journal. Presently he serves in the editorial boards of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Interamerican Journal of Psychology, and the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.