Edil Torres Rivera, PhD

Dr. Edil Torres Rivera

President (2023-2024)

American Counseling Association

Dr. Edil Torres Rivera is a professor and Director of the Latinx Studies at Wichita State University, Kansas. He is interested in multicultural counseling, group work, chaos theory, liberation psychology, technology, supervision, multicultural counseling, prisons, Puerto Rican studies, identity development, and gang-related behavior. Specifically, his primary research focuses on complexity and how indigenous healing techniques are a necessary ingredient when working with ethnic minority populations in the United States. His work has appeared in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and DevelopmentJournal of Counseling and DevelopmentJournal of Addictions and Offender CounselingRadical Psychology JournalJournal of Humanistic CounselingEducation and DevelopmentIntervention in School and Clinic JournalCounselor Education and Supervision JournalJournal for Specialists in Group WorkJournal of Psychological PracticeEducational TechnologyComputers in the SchoolsCounseling and Values JournalJournal of Technology in Counseling, and the Canadian Journal of Counselling. He was part of the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling and Development and Counselor Education and Supervision Journal. Presently he serves in the editorial boards of the Interamerican Journal of Psychology and the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.

Since 1995, Dr. Torres has presented papers at national and international conferences such as the American Psychological Association (APA), American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counseling Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), National Latinx Psychology Association (NLPA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP). His invited presentations include workshops in North Carolina, Washington, and New Hampshire. He is the recipient of the Best Group Research Article of the Year (March 2000), the National Defense Service Medal (February 1990), the Army Commendation Medal (November 1986), the Army Achievement Medal First Oak Leaf (August 1986), a fellow at the American Counseling Association as well as the Specialists for Group Work, and the Ohana Award for social justice (March 2004).