Professional Bio

Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2005
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Universidad Interamericana, San German, PR, 1997

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Clinical Certifications and Expertise

Clinical Certifications
  • Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ● 2009 - Present
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Connecticut ● 2007 - Present
  • Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ● 2006 - 2012

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Family Therapy Academy ● 2014 – Present
  • Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ● 2012 - Present
  • Member, International Family Therapy Association ● 2010 - Present

Research and Scholarship

Recent Publications

Torres Bernal, A., Le, K., West, A.M., & Brown, K. S. (2017). An Examination of Rates, Rank, Advancement, and Salary of Women Faculty in COAMFTE-Accredited Training Programs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 29(1-2), 88-101. DOI: 10.1080/08952833.2016.1268449

Towers, G., Carr, D., Poulsen, J., Zoeller, A., Torres Bernal, A., & Crisp, C. (2016). Career Self-Efficacy Mentoring for Pre-Promotion Under-Represented Faculty. In Dominguez, N. & Alexander, D. (Eds.), 9th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: The Power of Mentoring and Coaching (pp. 1222-1226). Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico.  

Torres Bernal, A. & Vasquez, W. (2016). Information sources and profile of informed citizens: An empirical analysis from Guatemala. Information Development, 32(3), 709-717. DOI: 10.1177/0266666914568575

Mille, D. & Torres Bernal, A. (2014). Utilizing the Integrated Problem-Centered Metaframeworks Perspective (IPCMP) to Help Families Cope with Chronic Physical Pain: A Case Illustration. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 25(4), 316-329. DOI: 10.1080/08975353.2014.977679

Torres Bernal, A. & Mille, D. (2014). Initiating Alumni Engagement Initiatives: Recommendations from MFT Alumni Focus Groups. Contemporary Family Therapy, 36(2), 300-309. DOI:10.1007/s10591-013-9274-2

Torres Bernal, A., D’ Aniello, C. & Vasquez-Mazariegos, W. (2013). Gender Distribution in COAMFTE-Accredited Programs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 25(2), 93-111.

Torres Bernal, A. & Coolhart, D. (2012). Treatment and Ethical Considerations with Transgender Children and Youth in Family Therapy. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 23(4), 287-303.

Torres Bernal, A. & Zera, D. (2012) Increasing Accessibility in Couple and Family Therapy Training: Incorporating Universal Design for Instruction. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34(1), 112-123.

Recent Presentations

Torres Bernal, A., Mille, D.“The Meaning Behind the Practice: Mindfulness in Family Therapy Practice and Research”, 25th World Family Therapy Congress. March 16, 2017, in Malaga, Spain. 

Torres Bernal, A., Mille, D. “Integrating Theoretical and Practical Modalities in Healing Trauma: BFS Therapy and EMDR”, 25th World Family Therapy Congress. March 16, 2017, in Malaga, Spain. 

Torres Bernal, A., Coolhart, D. “Transgender Resiliency: A Comparison of Transgender and Cisgender CFT Clients” (Poster Presentation), International Family Therapy Association’s 2016 World Family Therapy Congress. April 1, 2016, in Kona, HI. 

Torres Bernal, A., Coyle, S. “Diversity Training in a MFT Program through Professional Formation Cohort Groups”, International Family Therapy Association’s 2016 World Family TherapyCongress. March 31, 2016, in Kona, HI. 

Torres Bernal, A., Polson, J., Le, K. “Exploring Gender Disparities in COAMFTE Programs: Women Funnel In, Men Funnel Up" (Poster Presentation). American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 2015 Annual Meeting and Open Conference. June 3-6, 2015, in Vancouver, WA. 

Torres Bernal, A., Le, K. “Gender and Symptomology: A Comparison of Cisgander and Transgender Individuals in a Clinical Population”. Eighty-sixth Annual Meeting: Midwestern Psychological Association. May, 3, 2014, Chicago, IL. 

Torres Bernal, A. “Demographical Shifts in Puerto Rico: Implications for Family Therapists”. 22nd World Family Therapy Congress. March, 7, 2014, Panama City, Panama.

Torres Bernal, A. "Ensuring a Legacy: Will Marriage and Family Therapy Educational Programs Survive the New Economic Challenges?". International Family Therapy Association World Family Therapy Congress. February 22, 2013, Orlando, FL. 

Awards and Recognition

Recognition

  • Current Trends in Family Intervention Curriculum Champion, Connecticut Workforce Collaborative, CT, May 2011

Community Involvement and Service

Service to University

  • Faculty President, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus Faculty Senate, IN, 2016-2017
  • Member, Diversity Council, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, IN, 2016-2017
  • Member, Faculty Mentoring Advisory Council, IUPUC Faculty Mentoring Program, IN, 2016-017
  • Faculty Representative, Advisory Council, Mental Health Counseling Program, IN, 2012-2017

Service to Profession

  • Ad-Hoc Reviewer, Contemporary Family Therapy, USA, June 2016-Present
  • Board Member at Large, International Family Therapy Association Board of Directors, 2016-2019
  • Development Committee, American Family Therapy Academy ● 2016 - 2017

  • Professional Member, AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee, DC, 2014-2017

  • Region 4 Representative, Board of Directors, IN Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, IN, 2016-2017
  • Site Visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, DC, 2012-Present
  • Abstract Reviewer, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, GA, 2016

Service to Community

  • Mentor, Latino Mentor Program, Community Education Coalition, IN, 2016-2017
  • Board Member, Board of Directors, Family Service Inc., IN, 2015-2017
    • Family Service Strategic Committee: Finance, July 2015-2017
    • Family Service Strategic Committee: Insurance, July 2015-2017
    • Family Service Strategic Committee: Resource Development, July 2015-2017
  • Judge, 2014 Science Fair, Van Buren Elementary School, IN, 2014
  • Judge, 2013 Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair, Science Education Foundation of Indiana, 2013
  • Reviewer, Office of Practitioner Licensing and Investigations, Department of Public Health, CT, 2012-2013