Paloma Torres Dávila, Ph.D.
Instituto Tercera Misión- Universidad Carlos Albizu, San Juan Campus
TIAC and Relational Research Network
El Plantio, Guayacan G16
Toa Baja, PR 00949
Paloma Torres Dávila continuously affirms creative solutions to problem-solving by viewing social complexity through a construccionist perspective. By applying narrative perspectives, particularly story-telling, and dialogical perspective approaches to clinical practice, community development and interventions, and research, she focuses her work in mostly preventative and developmental efforts. She has specialized in high-risk populations whose stories are marred by violent and trauma, particularly with impoverished communities, adolescents, soldiers, and victims of domestic violence. Paloma, viewing everyday practice as research, 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 the fields of design, architecture, and public policy, to provoke social transformations and community development. Most of her efforts are currently focused in her homeland of Puerto Rico, who has been devastated by the recent Cat 5 hurricane Maria as well as years of a collapsing economy and austerity.
With a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, she currently works in violence-prevention research through university and private research institutions both in Puerto Rico and abroad. Paloma collaborates with various Taos associated projects including the Taos Institute Associates Council, the Relational Research Symposium, the TIAC Journal Club, and Counter Stories, a virtual space on Facebook 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 time with her partner and family, the arts, spiritual practices, and nature, all which help generate creative ideas applied to her work.