Vanessa N. Torres is an adjunct policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is also a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on engaging Latinos in community-based participatory research to gain a better understanding of the most effective and culturally appropriate intervention approaches that address health disparities including substance use, mental health and cancer.
As part of her research training, she completed a Ph.D. in health services at the University of Washington and a predoctoral fellowship in the Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention Training and Control Program at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center to examine cancer disparities and mental health among Latinas in Eastern Washington. In addition, Torres received a diversity supplement from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to examine unhealthy alcohol use among Latino immigrant men. Torres also earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.P.H. in health promotion and behavioral sciences from San Diego State University.