Beatriz Torres


Associate Professor in Communication Studies and LALACS

I have been working in different capacities in the field of communication for the past 32 years, moving from mass media, to organizational communication, to small groups and intercultural and health communication. I have 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level in Argentina (National University of Cordoba) and the United States (Ohio University, Keene State College and MSU). This diverse background/experience always informs my teaching as I draw examples from all these different communication contexts and cultures to help ground students' learning with real-life examples.

A significant part of my scholarship work has focused on intercultural conflict and health care looking in particular at doctors and patients as cohorts in different countries. Working with a social support group of women, we developed 3 seasons of  the radio soap opera "Tests of Destiny: Stories of love, pain and healing" with the support of La Mano (a non-profit organization in Mankato), and KMSU radio. This entertainment education health project consisted of a soap opera (based on a real story) and a space for dialogue about the health issues presented in the episodes led by credible professionals from the community and the radio hosts.

This health promotion awareness project also sparked the interest of the School of Public Health (University of Minnesota) and SoLaHmo (Somali, Latino & Hmong) Partnership for Health & Wellness (West Side Clinic), which invited me to participate in the design of a community-based participatory action research project.The aim of this study was to evaluate the program effectiveness and acceptability of radio stories, a health communication intervention that addresses family eating behaviors and physical activity among immigrant Somali, Latino, and Hmong families with children ages 3-12 years in St Paul, MN. I acted as the health communication consultant. We secured two grants to accomplish it (Clinical and Translational Science Institute $ 39,500 and U-Care of Minnesota $ 74,500). I am currently involved in "Hospice Stories" project with Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care and SoLaHmo (Somali, Latino & Hmong Partnership for Health and Wellness) acting as entertainment education consultant.

Here are two samples of the radio stories produced:

I am also involved in a cross-cultural study of college students' experiences of bullying throughout their lifetime. This project is being conducted with colleagues in United States, Finland, Estonia and Argentina. The project brings together researchers from five disciplines and countries. Additionally, I collaborated with the Restore study AIM 1. This study focused on the health disparities of gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer. The study is led by Dr. Rosser and other researchers from the University of Minnesota. I am currently working with SoLaHmo and Dr. Hee from the University of Minnesota developing an app to promote HPV vaccine among Hmong parents and their adolescent children. 


B.A. in Journalism. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina. MA in Organizational Communication, Ohio University. Ph.D. Cross-Culture Communication, Ohio University. Master's in Public Health Community Health Promotion with a Concentration in Health Disparities, University of Minnesota

Courses Taught


COM-117 (Interpersonal Communication), COM-247 (Ethnography of Comm), and LAS-399 (LALACS Senior Capstone)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
COM-117Interpersonal Communication172017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
COM-247Ethnography of Comm82017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
COM-237Small-Group Communication82016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
FTS-100FTS:Health & Healing52017/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
COM-244ST:Health Commnctn42017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2010/SP
LAS-399LALACS Senior Capstone22017/SP and 2016/SP
NDL-112Career Opportunities22013/JN and 2012/JN
COM-344ST:Decision Making22012/SP and 2011/SP
NDL-170Cuba Religion Cultures12016/JN
COM-377Organizational Communication12014/SP
COM-257Intercultural Communication12014/SP
COM-268Career Exploration12013/JN
IDS-244ST:Intcult Com/Lat Am12011/SP