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About Felix Torres, MD, FAPA


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Felix Torres, MD, FAPA, is the Vice Chair of Acute Care Services for the Department of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He is a diplomate of The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry and a Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Torres is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Law at City University of New York – John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Torres is a Special Advisor to the American Psychiatric Association on the United Nations. In this role, he tracks issues in the United Nations relevant to the work of the APA while ensuring the inclusion of mental health in UN development goals and agendas.

Dr. Torres contributed the chapter "Help-Seeking Behavior and Access to Mental Health Care" to the book "The American Latino: Psychodynamic Perspectives on Culture and Mental Health Issues."

Dr. Torres received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Behavioral Neurosciences, from Yale University. He graduated magna cum laude from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico.

During his last year as a medical student, Dr. Torres received honor recognitions for his completion of sub-internships at prestigious psychiatry and neurology residency programs: Yale University, Harvard University, New York University, and University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Torres’ interest in forensic psychiatry became incontestable during his sub-internship at UCSF’s Psychiatry and the Law Program. His duties included performing psychiatric evaluations of San Quentin State Prison inmates for the Board of Parole Hearings of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Torres completed his general psychiatry residency at Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers in Manhattan, where he was invited to continue his post-doctorate medical education as a forensic psychiatry fellow.

As part of his forensic psychiatry training, Dr. Torres gained experience performing evaluations of fitness for duty, decision-making capacity, mental health damage and injuries, psychiatric disabilities, testamentary capacity, and child custody. He also performed court-ordered evaluations of mental state, criminal responsibility, and capacity to stand trial, and provided treatment recommendations through the Forensic Psychiatry Clinic of the Criminal and Supreme Courts of New York.

Dr. Torres has evaluated New York City Fire Department firefighters for the Medical Board Pension Fund to determine psychiatric disability and fitness for duty in the aftermath of their exposure to the World Trade Center disaster. He has also completed psychiatric evaluations and provided medication management for New York City Department of Corrections inmates (on Riker’s Island and at the Manhattan Detention Center).

Since the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Dr. Torres has been training mental health professionals on the changes and the use of DSM-5, for which he received specialized training by the different Chairs of the DSM-5 Work Groups.

Dr. Torres is licensed in the States of New York, Florida and California. He has served as Inpatient Unit Director at Maimonides Medical Center, Psychiatric Clinical Coordinator for NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers, consulting psychiatrist for mental health clinics in the New York City area, and forensic psychiatry consultant to the Office of Court Administration of the New York State Unified Court System. He has also served as a forensic psychiatry expert in local and out-of-state civil and criminal cases. Dr. Torres is on the Expert Roster of the Assigned Counsel Plan of the City of New York, which provides expert services to indigent defendants. 

Dr. Torres is a member of The American Psychiatric Association, The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and The American Medical Association. He is an Assembly Representative to the New York State Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Torres is a former Co-Chair of the Education Committee and a current member of the Public Affairs Committee and the United Nations Committee of the New York County Psychiatric Society. Dr. Torres is also a member of the Cross-Cultural Issues Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the Caucus on Global Mental Health and Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association, the Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities of the American Psychiatric Association, and the NGO Committee on Mental Health in Consultative Status with the United Nations.

Dr. Torres is the founder and president of New York Forensic Psychiatry Consulting, P.C. He also serves as a mental health contributor to local, national and international media outlets.

Dr. Torres speaks English, Spanish, French, and Italian.