Luis Torres-Hostos
Founding Dean & Professor, School of Social Work, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Neuro & Behavioral Health Integrated Service Unit, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

Dr. Torres-Hostos is Founding Dean and Professor of the School of Social Work (SSW) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border. His research focuses on health disparities, social determinants of health, and community engagement with minority communities, and has been funded by federal, state, and private entities. He has worked extensively in Mexico, Central America, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Torres-Hostos serves on local, national and international boards, including the Mission Rotary Club, the American Red Cross South Texas Chapter; and the Red Internacional de Investigación e Intervención en Migración (RIIIM) at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, México. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Torres has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University in New York City and over 30 years of clinical, teaching, administrative, and research experience at the intersection of social work, psychology, public health, medicine, and faith-based communities.

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