Dr. Ivelisse Torres Fernandez

Torres Fernandez Assistant Professor

Counseling & Educational Psychology

Dr. Torres Fernandez CV

Research Interests:

Dr. Torres Fernandez’s interests are primarily in the area of social emotional learning (SEL) and resilience. She currently runs several projects in Las Cruces, NM, focusing on fostering these skills among elementary school students.  Other areas of interest include social justice issues in psychology, particularly examining the mental health needs of children and adolescents in the borderlands. This interest lead to Cruzando Fronteras, a project is geared toward providing school-based mental health services to children who have been impacted by the ongoing violence near the US-Mexico Border. Currently, she is completing two research projects. The first project focuses on the experiences of bilingual supervisors and counselors-in-training who have received bilingual supervision. The second project examines the Invisibility Syndrome among African Americans and Latinos/as. Other areas of interest include counseling children and adolescents, professional issues in School Psychology, and multicultural assessment practices.

Recent Publications:

Torres Fernandez, I., Rios, G. O., James, A. L., Martinez, A., & Bravo, A. (2012). Cruzando fronteras: Addressing trauma and grief in children impacted by the violence in the US-Mexico border. Revista Interamericana de Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 425-434.

Torres-Rivera, E, Torres Fernandez, I., & Hendricks, W. A. (2013). Group Work with Latinos. In J. L. DeLucia-Waak, D. Gerrity, C. Kalonder, & M. Riva (Eds.), Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (2nd Ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Torres Fernandez, I., Schwartz, J., Chun, H., & Dickson, G. (2013). Family resilience and  parenting. In D. S. Becvar, (Editor), Handbook of Family Resilience. New York: Springer.

Huerta-Charles, L. Uribe-Florez, L., Torres Fernandez, I., Vallejo-Garza, R.M, & Solis, E. (2012). A praxis-based experience in preparing critical bilingual teachers in the borderlands. In  A. Honigsfeld and A. Cohan (Eds.), Breaking the Mold of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Innovative and Successful Practices for the 21st Century . New York: Rowmen & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Arroyos-Jurado, E., Torres Fernandez, I., & Navarro, R. (2009). Multiculturalism and diversity: Implications for the training of school psychologists. In E. G. Vazquez, T. Crespi, and C. Riccio (Eds.) Handbook of Education, Training, and Supervision of School Psychologists in School and Community. Volume I: Foundations of Professional Practice. New York: Taylor & Francis.


Dr. Ivelisse Torres Fernandez is the Practicum and Internship Coordinator for the School Psychology Program. Dr. Torres Fernandez also serves as a program reviewer for the National Association of School Psychologists. Furthermore, she has served on the executive board of the New Mexico Association of School Psychologists and currently serves as the treasurer.


Dr. Torres Fernandez was awarded the 2009-2010 Patricia Christmore Teaching Award, New Mexico State University. She also received the 2010, Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, College of Education, New Mexico State University. In 2012, she received the College of Education, Dean’s Excellence Award in Service.

Academic Background:

Ph.D. in School Psychology, University of Iowa, 2003

Ed.S. in School Psychology, The University of Iowa, 2002

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, 1997

M.A. in School Psychology, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, 1997