Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology


Stephanie Torres

Training Track: Clinical
Lab: CASA Lab  
Advisor: Catherine DeCarlo Santiago, Ph.D. 
Office: Coffey Hall 406
Email: storres@luc.edu  


Stephanie is interested in the role that cultural and contextual factors have on the mental health of Latino youth and families and how this knowledge can inform the tailoring of evidence-based and culturally appropriate community interventions. Further, she is interested in the role of immigration policy and immigration-related stress among Latino communities and social justice implications for mitigating the impact of this stress.  

Masters Thesis Title

Risk and Resilience Factors among Low-Income Latino Adolescents: The Impact on Daily Ratings of Mood 

Masters Thesis Abstract

Given that Latino adolescents endorse more negative mood when compared to their counterparts of other backgrounds (CDC, 2012), it is especially advantageous to evaluate the impact of risk and resilience factors on mood among this population. The current study uses daily diary methodology to examine the impact that daily economic stress, daily family stress, familism, and ethnic identity commitment and exploration have on daily ratings of mood among 58 (M =13.31, 47% female) low-income Latino adolescents. Results show that daily family stress was strongly linked to daily mood while familism emerged as a salient resilience factor. Contrary to predictions, ethnic identity commitment appeared to be detrimental for youth; furthermore, ethnic identity exploration was found to exacerbate the effect of high economic stress. Context plays an important role in the impact of ethnic identity on mental health and efforts to promote familism and ethnic identity while reducing contextual stressors are necessary.  

Masters Thesis Committee

Catherine DeCarlo Santiago and Maryse Richards