Lucas Torres, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Torres received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University and completed a Multicultural Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his post-doctoral position, Dr. Torres received clinical training at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, through the Boston University Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.  Currently, he is co-Director of the Latina/o Well-being Research Initiative (LWRI) and his research interests focus on issues of mental health disparities or the psychological difficulties experienced by members of underrepresented groups. With an emphasis on community-based approaches, this research seeks to identify the mechanisms that contribute to mental health problems, namely depression, anxiety, alcohol use, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Past research has been supported through a number of sources including the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Program (AHW REP); Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant, Marquette University; Strategic Innovation Fund, Marquette University; and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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