Ayse Torres, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
Ph.D. Counselor Education, Florida Atlantic University
M.Ed. Counselor Education, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, Florida Atlantic University
B.S. Counseling Psychology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education, specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
- Outcome research on rehabilitation counseling interventions
- Utilization of Artificial intelligence for suicide prevention among individuals with developmental disabilities
- Community integration for veterans with disabilities
- Youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood
THOUGHTS TO SHARE:
The underlying theme of my research encompasses life transition counseling among individuals with disabilities. Throughout our lives, we experience many transitions; some are predictable, such as transitioning out of school, entering into adult life, and some are unpredictable, such as acquiring a physical or mental disability due to a traumatic accident. There are also major transitions that impact communities at large, but are not well-understood, such as military veterans’ reintegration into civilian life. Adaptation to changes can be challenging and may lead to less than optimal mental health, which is detrimental to the individuals’ wellbeing. Appropriate rehabilitation services to help prepare individuals for change or adaptation are critical, especially for individuals with disabilities and their families.
My research has evolved in the following areas: youth with disabilities entering into workforce, veterans reintegrating into civilian life, and community-based programs for suicide prevention. Recently, I partnered with colleagues at FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing to understand our military veterans’ mental health challenges. As a result of our collaborative efforts, we received a $250,000 funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). As a Principal Investigator in this project, I lead teams to develop a veteran-centered, community-engaged, mental health research agenda. For more information about this award, please visit: https://www.pcori.org/research-results/2021/operation-red-white-blue-building-pcor-competencies-veterans-and-mental-health
I am delighted to be selected as a featured person for this episode of faculty spotlight, and I would like to express my gratitude to all of my colleagues and students at FAU.
2020-2021 Researcher of the Year, Florida Atlantic University College of Education
2017-2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Florida Atlantic University College of Education
External - Funded
Torres, Ayse (Principal Investigator). Grant, Research. Operation Red-White-Blue: Building PCOR Competencies of Veterans and Mental Health Providers. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards. Funded, $250,000. March 2021 – 2023.
Torres, Ayse (Co-Principal Investigator). Grant, Training. Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long Term Program – Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). PI: Michael Frain, Florida Atlantic University. Funded, $1,200,000. August 2020 – July 2025.
Torres, Ayse (Co-Principal Investigator). Grant, Research. Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE). PI: Timothy Tansey, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Subcontractor: Florida Atlantic University. Funded, $16,700,000. January 2021 – July 2025.
Torres, Ayse. (Principal Investigator) Contract, Research Support. Initial Analysis for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Needs in Quindío, Colombia. Sponsored by University of Quindío, Colombia. Funded, $1,500. July 1, 2019 – July 30, 2019.
Internal - Funded
Torres, Ayse (Principal Investigator) “What-Can I-Do?” Teaching Job-Related Situational Decision Making Skills to College Students with IDD. Sponsored by Academy for Community Inclusion (ACI), Florida Atlantic University. Funded, $1,500. May 2022 –May 2023.
Torres, Ayse. (Principal Investigator). Grant, Research. Intervention Research: Tools for Community Rehabilitation Providers, Development and Dissemination. Sponsored by Office of Community Engagement, Florida Atlantic University. Funded, $1,000. October 2019 – December 2020.
Kearney, K., Torres, A. (2022). Teaching job search skills to college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through screensharing and remote audio coaching. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 57(2) 167–176.
Torres, A., Kearney, K. B., Berlingo, L., & Brady, M. P. (2021). “What ELSE about this job?” Teaching job decision-making to college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 1-20 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-021-09820-x
Torres, A., Diaz, P., Baker. T., Baker, A., Freund, R., & Peluso, P. (2021). Therapeutic alliance in vocational rehabilitation counseling: Assessing client factors and functioning. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. 55(3), 313-322. https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-211165
Torres, A., Juhnke, G., Canfield, B., Gomez-Escudero, A., & Ramírez, A. (2021). Empowering families to address suicide in rural Colombia. The Family Journal, 29(2), 220–226. https://doi.org/10.1177/1066480720986493
Downey, A., Torres, A., Kearney, K. B., Brady, M. P., & Katz, J. (2022). Teaching virtual job interview skills to college students with IDD using literacy-based behavioral interventions. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 45(1), 4–16. https://doi.org/10.1177/2165143421989408
Torres, A., Kearney, K. B., Brady, M. P., Wood, J., & Katz, J. (2021). Using a literacy-based behavioral intervention to teach job interviewing skills to adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 54(2), 161-174 https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-201127
Joseph, B., Kearney, K. B., Brady, M. P., Downey, A., & Torres, A. (2021). Teaching small talk: Increasing on-topic conversational exchanges in college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities using remote audio coaching. Behavior Modification, 45(2), 251–271. https://doi.org/10.1177/0145445520975174
Torres, A., Frain, M., & Tansey, T. (2019). The impact of motivational interviewing training on rehabilitation counselors: Assessing working alliance and client engagement. A randomized controlled trial. Rehabilitation Psychology, 64(3), 328–338. https://doi.org/10.1037/rep0000267
Torres, A., Wittel, A., Marquit, D., & Beauduy, G. (2018). The essential role of evaluation in transition plans and programming. The Rehabilitation Professional, 28(4), 197-204.
Frain, M., Torres, A., Bishop, M., Sakala, K., Khan-Jordan, C., & Schoen, B. (2016). Certified rehabilitation counselors’ role in the acceptance of disability of returning Afghanistan and Iraq military veterans with disabilities. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 30(2), 176-187. https://doi.org/10.1891/2168-6622.214.171.124
Brady, M. P., Kearney, K. B., Downey, A., Torres, A., & McDougall, D. (in press). Using mnemonics, remote coaching, and the range-bound changing criterion design to teach college students with IDD to make employment decisions. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Torres, A., Kearney, K., Downey, A., Tedesco, C. (in press). Self-determination development among college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A longitudinal study. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.
Kearney, K., Torres, A. (in press). Using electronic literacy-based behavioral interventions to teach employability skills to college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DADD Online Journal.
Krause-Parello, C., Torres, A., Pratt, B., & Moreno, J. (in press). The Role of Companion Animals in the Treatment of Mental Disorders. In N. R. Gee (PhD), L. Townsend (LCSW-C, PhD), & R. L. Findling (MD, MBA). Chapter 7: Companion animals in the treatment of PTSD. American Psychiatric Association Publishing.