Mercyhurst University

Dr. Maria Beatriz Torres, Ph.D.

Beatriz Torres

Associate Professor and Chair, Public Health Dept.

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Associate Professor and Chair of Public Health at Mercyhurst University. Dr. Torres has 18 years of experience teaching nationally and internationally, both undergraduate and graduate students (Argentina, Ohio, New Hampshire and Minnesota) in various interdisciplinary programs including Public Health. Fourteen of those years were spent teaching in the Liberal Arts context, which emphasizes lifelong learning, service and social justice. She specializes in Health Communication, Community Health Promotion and Health Disparities using CBPAR (Community Based Participatory Action Research).  In the past 9 years, Dr. Torres has been working in several community based participatory action research projects developing entertainment education media and mHealth intervention strategies to promote the health of Latino, Hmong and Somali immigrants in Minnesota.

 

Education: PhD. In Cross-Culture & Health Communication from Ohio University; Master’s in Public Health (Community Health Promotion & Health Disparities) University of Minnesota; MA Organizational Communication, Ohio University and BA (Journalism) Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. Fluent in English and Spanish.  

 

Awards:

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for Higher Education 

CONICOR(Research Council of Córdoba)/Fulbright

CONACYTMexico (National Council of Science and Technology)

Ohio University, Outstanding doctoral student 

 

Publications:
 
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 

 

Mitchell, J., Torres, M.B., Asmar, L., Danh, T. & Horvath, K. (2018). Developing sustainable and impactful mobile HIV testing interventions for Spanish-speaking men who have sex with men in the United States (US): Lessons learned from informative interviews. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance in Progress. doi:10.2196/publichealth.8992

 
Mitchell, J.,Torres, B., Joe, J., Dahn, T., Gass, B. & Horvath, K. (2016). Formative work toward developing a
tailored HIV testing smartphone application for diverse, at risk-HIV negative men who have sex with men: A focus group study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 4(4), 1-11.

 

Rosser B.R.S., Capistrant, B. D., Torres B.,Konety, B., Merengwa, E., Mitteldorf, D., & West, W. (2016). The effects of radical prostatectomy on gay and bisexual men’s mental health, sexual identity, and relationships: Qualitative results from the Restore study. Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 31(4), 446-461.

 

Rosser B.R.S., Capistrant, B. D., Torres B., Konety, B., Merengwa, E., Mitteldorf, D., & West, W. (2016). The effects of radical prostatectomy on gay and bisexual men’s sexual functioning and behavior. Qualitative results from the Restore study. Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy,31(4), 432-445.

 

Capistrant B.D., Torres, B.,Merengwa, E, West W.G., Mitteldorf, D., & Rosser, B.R.S. (2016). Caregiving and Social Support for Gay and Bisexual Men with Prostate Cancer. Psycho-Oncology,25(11), 1329-1336.

 

Torres, M. B.& Rao, N. (2007). Disclosure and truth in physician-patient communication: An exploration of Argentina, Brazil, India and the U.S. Journal of Creative Communications, 2(3), 279-305.

 

Beck, C. S., Benitez, J. L., Edwards, A., Olson, A., Pai, A. & Torres, M.B.(2004). “Enacting ‘Health Communication’: The Field of Health Communication as Constructed Through Publication in Scholarly Journals.” Health Communication, 16(4), 475-492.

 

Torres, M. B. (2003). Gendered acculturation: A comparison of Latin American and Asian Sojourners. The Journal of Intergroup Relations, XXX (2), 64-94.

Book Chapters 

West, W.G., Rosser, B.R.S., Capistrant, B.D. Torres, B., Konety, B.R., Mitteldorf D., Ross, M.W., Talley, C. (2017) The effects of radiation therapy for prostate cancer on gay and bisexual men’s mental health, sexual functioning and behavior, sexual identity and relationships: Qualitative results from the Restore study.  In J. Ussher, J. Perz, B.R.S. Rosser (Eds). Gay and Bisexual Men Living with Prostate Cancer: From Diagnosis to Recovery. New York, NY: Harrington Park Press.

 

Pörhölä, M., Cvancara, K., Kaal, E., Tampere, K, & Torres, M. B.(2016). Cross-cultural comparisons of bullying among university students: Perspectives from Argentina, Estonia, Finland and the United States. In H. Cowie & A. Myers (Eds.), Bullying among university students: Cross-national perspectives(pp. 169-185). London, UK: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.  

 

Torres, M. B. (2012). Health promotion from the grass-roots: Piloting a radio soap opera

for Latinos in the US. In R. Obregon & S. Waisbord (Eds.), Handbook of global health communication, development and social change(pp. 522-538). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 

 

Manuscripts under Preparation:

 

Pörhölä, M., Cvancara, K., Kaal, E., Tampere, K, & Torres, M. B.(2018). Bullying in University Between Peers and by Personnel: Cultural Variation in Prevalence, Forms, and Gender Differences in Four Countries.

 

West, W., Torres, M.B. et al. (2018). Perceptions of patient/provider communication by gay and bisexual men being treated for prostate cancer: Restore study results.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Xiong, S., Vue, B., Vang, H., Vang, N., Culhane-Pera, K., Pergament, S., Torres, B., Desai, J., & Lee, H.Y. (2018). Barriers, Facilitators, and Decision-Making Processes about HPV Vaccination for Hmong-American Adolescents. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, LA. April 14 2018. 

 

Xiong, S., Vue, B., Vang, H., Vang, N., Culhane-Pera, K., Pergament, S., Torres, B., Desai, J., & Lee, H.Y.  (2018). Barriers, Facilitators, and Decision-Making Processes about HPV Vaccination for Hmong-American Adolescents. 2018 Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Innovation & Research Forum, Minneapolis, MN. March 3rd2018. 

 

Capistrant, B.D., Torres, B., Mitteldorf, D, & Simon, B.R.S. (2016). Social Support for Gay and Bisexual Men with Prostate Cancer. Paper presented at: Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting; November 16-20, 2016; New Orleans.
 
Irbahim, S., Marschalk, S., & Torres, M.B. (2016). “Hospice Stories: Hmong, Latino and Somali Voices” presented at the Health Equity Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, May 6th 2016.
 

Torres, M.B. (2015). “We do not talk about it: Disclosing about sexual abuse” presented at the Latino Conference “Woman to Woman: Closing Circles” Minnesota State University in Mankato, October 30thand 31st2015. 

 
Pörhölä, M, Tampere, K, Kunttu, K., Björklund, K., Cvancara, K. & Torres, M.B. (2015). “Bullying among university students in four countries: Associations with health and well-being” presented at the XVIII Biennial European Union for School and University Health and Medicine Congress and to the Annual Estonian Health Promotion Conference. June 4-5, 2015 in Tallinn, Estonia.
 
Arcan, C., Torres, M.B. et al. (2013). Somali, Latino & Hmong Radio Stories About Children’s healthy eating and exercise: A SoLaHmo Pilot Study, poster presented at The Power of Partnerships: Poster Session & Awards Dinner - Nov. 20, 2013 University of Minnesota's Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR), Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and Center for Health Equity (CHE).

 

Serrano, L., Arcan, C., Culhane-Pera, K.A., Pergament, S., Adam K., Chang, X.G.S., Dhore, N., Dualeh, H., Hang, M., Ly, N., Navarrete, M., Omaar, L., Ortega, L., Rosas-Lee, M., Thao, M., Vang, C., & Torres, M.B. (2013). Somali, Latino & Hmong Radio Stories About Children’s healthy eating and exercise: A SoLaHmo Pilot Study. Poster presented at the 2013 University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute Research Conference--Discovery Through the Lens of Innovation: Transforming TranslationalResearch--on October 1 and 2 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 

 
Tufte, T., Waisbord, S., Obregon, R. Fox, E., Douglas, E., Greiner, K. & Torres, M.B. (2011). “Global Health Communication, Development and Social Change” panel presented at the Health Communication Division, Annual Convention of the International Communication Association, Boston, May 26-30 2011.

 

Rao, N., Pant, S., Sen, R. & Torres, M.B.(2011). Storytelling, performance, discovery

and dialogue: Bringing the margins into the center of Intercultural Communication research, panel presented at the Annual Convention of the International Communication Association, Boston, May 26-30 2011.

 

Pant, S., Torres, M. B., Wojno, A.E., Greiner, K. & Sharma, D. (2009). Panel: “Tap your Feet, Move your Body, Perform your Story, and Organize Yourselves! : Non-traditional Approaches of Analyzing Global Health Communication Interventions. National Communication Annual Convention, Health Communication Division, in Chicago, November 2009. 

 

Teaching and Research Interests:

Community Health Promotion (former Community Health Education)

Health Disparities

Community based Participatory Action Research 

STI prevention and Sexual Health

Chronic Illness Prevention

MHealth 

Social Determinants of Health

Immigrant and Refugee Health

Health Communication Campaigns

Program Evaluation 

Health Policy