Jacqueline Torres, PhD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
+1 415 371-3261

Dr. Torres is a social epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Torres’ current research focuses on the role of policies, families, and community social networks in shaping population health and health inequities, particularly in mid and late-life. Her ongoing research is examining the role of family social connections, caregiving, and household composition changes in shaping late-life health, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. She approaches her research from a life-course perspective and a social determinants of health framework. Much of her ongoing research employs modern epidemiologic methods that are better equipped than conventional methods at estimating the impact of time-varying exposures in the presence of time-varying confounding. Dr. Torres is also supporting trainees at all levels who are leading research broadly on the social determinants of inequity in health and aging and specifically related to policy impacts on the health of immigrants and their family and community members across the life-course.


Elevated Depressive Symptoms and the Risk of Stroke among the Mexican Older Population.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Meza E, Eng CW, Sáenz JL, Gilsanz P, Glymour MM, Torres JM

Adult Child US Migration Status and Cognitive Decline Among Older Parents Who Remain in Mexico.

American journal of epidemiology

Torres JM, Sofrygin O, Rudolph KE, Haan MN, Wong R, Glymour MM

When Is Hope Enough? Hopefulness, Discrimination and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Allostatic Load.

Behavioral medicine (Washington, D.C.)

Mitchell UA, Dellor ED, Sharif MZ, Brown LL, Torres JM, Nguyen AW

Difficulty and help with activities of daily living among older adults living alone with cognitive impairment.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

Edwards RD, Brenowitz WD, Portacolone E, Covinsky KE, Bindman A, Glymour MM, Torres JM

Nativity, Neighborhoods, and Body Composition in the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging.

The Gerontologist

Durazo EM, Haan MN, Dang K, Aiello AE, Torres JM

Associations Between Social Factor Documentation and Hospital Length of Stay and Readmission Among Children.

Hospital pediatrics

Pantell MS, Kaiser SV, Torres JM, Gottlieb LM, Adler NE

Deportation Worry, Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Trajectories, and Incident Hypertension: A Community-Based Cohort Study.

Journal of the American Heart Association

Torres JM, Deardorff J, Holland N, Harley KG, Kogut K, Long K, Eskenazi B

Using change in a seat belt law to study racially-biased policing in South Carolina.

Preventive medicine

Riddell CA, Kaufman JS, Torres JM, Harper S

Do Deviations from Historical Precipitation Trends Influence Child Nutrition? An Analysis from Uganda.

American journal of epidemiology

Epstein A, Torres JM, Glymour MM, López-Carr D, Weiser SD

Interventions Addressing Food Insecurity in Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review.

Annals of family medicine

De Marchis EH, Torres JM, Benesch T, Fichtenberg C, Allen IE, Whitaker EM, Gottlieb LM

Inequalities in Elevated Depressive Symptoms in Middle-Aged and Older Adults by Rural Childhood Residence: the Important Role of Education.

International journal of geriatric psychiatry

Murchland AR, Eng CW, Casey JA, Torres JM, Mayeda ER

Association of Preterm Births Among US Latina Women With the 2016 Presidential Election.

JAMA network open

Gemmill A, Catalano R, Casey JA, Karasek D, Alcalá HE, Elser H, Torres JM

Having an adult child in the US, physical functioning, and unmet needs for care among older Mexican adults.

Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)

Torres JM, Rudolph KE, Sofrygin O, Wong R, Walter LC, Glymour MM

Association of Perceived Immigration Policy Vulnerability With Mental and Physical Health Among US-Born Latino Adolescents in California.

JAMA pediatrics

Eskenazi B, Fahey CA, Kogut K, Gunier R, Torres J, Gonzales NA, Holland N, Deardorff J

An online experiment to assess bias in professional medical coding.

BMC medical informatics and decision making

Torres JM, Hessler-Jones D, Yarbrough C, Tapley A, Jimenez R, Gottlieb LM

Identifying Food Insecurity in Health Care Settings: A Systematic Scoping Review of the Evidence.

Family & community health

De Marchis EH, Torres JM, Fichtenberg C, Gottlieb LM

Cross-border ties, nativity, and inflammatory markers in a population-based prospective study of Latino adults.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Torres JM, Epel ES, To TM, Lee A, Aiello AE, Haan MN

Worry About Deportation and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Among Adult Women: The Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas Study.

Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Torres JM, Deardorff J, Gunier RB, Harley KG, Alkon A, Kogut K, Eskenazi B

Lifetime Socioeconomic Status and Late-life Health Trajectories: Longitudinal Results From the Mexican Health and Aging Study.

The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences

Torres JM, Rizzo S, Wong R

ICD Social Codes: An Underutilized Resource for Tracking Social Needs.

Medical care

Torres JM, Lawlor J, Colvin JD, Sills MR, Bettenhausen JL, Davidson A, Cutler GJ, Hall M, Gottlieb LM

Transnational ties and the health of sub-Saharan African migrants: The moderating role of gender and family separation.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Afulani PA, Torres JM, Sudhinaraset M, Asunka J

A longitudinal analysis of cross-border ties and depression for Latino adults.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Torres JM, Lee A, González HM, Garcia L, Haan MN

A portrait of older californians with disabilities who rely on public services to remain independent.

Home health care services quarterly

Kietzman KG, Wallace SP, Durazo EM, Torres JM, Choi AS, Benjamin AE, Mendez-Luck C

Independence at risk: older Californians with disabilities struggle to remain at home as public supports shrink.

Policy brief (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)

Kietzman KG, Durazo EM, Torres JM, Choi AS, Wallace SP

"I want to be taking my own last breath": patients' reflections on illness when presenting to the emergency department at the end of life.

Journal of palliative medicine

Grudzen CR, Stone SC, Mohanty SA, Asch SM, Lorenz KA, Torres JM, Morrison M, Ortiz JM, Timmermans S

Paramedic and emergency medical technicians views on opportunities and challenges when forgoing and halting resuscitation in the field.

Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Grudzen CR, Timmermans S, Koenig WJ, Torres JM, Hoffman JR, Lorenz KA, Asch SM