Maria Torres, Ph.D., LMHC

Assistant Professor

Maria Torres headshot

Contact Information

Lilly Hall 213



Education & Curriculum

B.A., Simmons College

M.A., Lesley University

M.A., Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Ph.D., Brandeis University



Maria Torres, Ph.D., LMHC, joins Smith College from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where she served as a senior research associate at the Institute for Behavioral Health, and a lecturer.

Her research agenda builds on her experience as a Licensed Mental Health Clinician and a program director supervising frontline clinical and direct service staff in domestic violence programs. Her research experience includes her work as a co-investigator on a CMS Health Care Innovation Award, as well as on studies funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Torres received her Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School, where she was also the recipient of a training grant in alcohol health services research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Selected Publications

Reif, S., Torres, M., Horgan, C.M., Merrick, E.L. (2012) Characteristics of Practitioners in a Private Managed Behavioral Health Plan. BioMed Central Health Services Research, 12(283).

Reif, S., Horgan, C.M., Torres, M., Merrick, E.L. (2010) Types of practitioners and outpatient visits in a private managed behavioral health plan. Psychiatric Services, 61(11),1066.

Guarnaccia, P., Lewis-Fernandez, R., Martinez-Pincay, I., Shrout, P., Guo, J., Torres, M., Canino, G., & Alegria, M. (2010). “Ataque de Nervios” as a Marker of Social and Psychiatric Vulnerability: Results from the NLAAS. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 56(3): 298.

Alegria, M., Shrout, P., Torres, M., Lewis-Fernandez, R., Abelson, J., Powell, M., et al. (2009). Lessons Learned from the Clinical Reappraisal Study of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview with Latinos. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 18(2).

Rivera, F., Guarnaccia, P., Mulvaney-Day, N., Lin, J., Torres, M., & Alegria, M. (2008). Family cohesion and its relationship to psychological distress among Latino groups. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 30(3), 357.