Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
University of Puerto Rico: Counter Stories and Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Sciences- Division of Community Services
Relational Research Network
El Plantio, Guayacan G16
Toa Baja, PR 00949
Paloma Torres Dávila continuously affirms creative solutions to problem-solving by adopting construccionist, story-telling, and dialogical perspectives in clinical practice, community program development, and research. She has specialized in populations whose stories are marred by violent contexts, particularly high-risk youth and soldiers. Paloma seeks to keep transforming research practices into more collaborative, relational, and generative approaches, so that the generated knowledge may be used to contribute to innovative solutions to real-world problems. Recently Paloma has been integrating interdisciplinary work, particularly with design, to provoke social transformations.
With a recently completed PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, she currently works in violence-prevention research through university research institutions. Also, she has developed a community-based non-profit organization in Puerto Rico, “No lo dejes caer, Inc.”, which focuses on high-risk youth development, through the arts, recreation, and experiential learning, to transform a violent community into a more collaborative and thriving one. Paloma collaborates with various Taos associated projects including the Relational Research Symposium, Generative Design Symposium, Dialogical Practices Network, and Counter Stories virtual space for constructionist ideas. She has published some writings as a result these collaborations.
Paloma currently lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she passionately enjoys the arts, movies, and her family.