Nuno Torres

Integrated Member
Social Development Team

Nuno Torres holds a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies, at the University of Essex, U.K. He is editor of two books and has published more than 30 papers on national and international peer reviewed journals. His academic work is centered on developing a biopsychosocial model integrating socio-emotional developmental and psychoanalytic models to understand the developmental pathways to psychopathology. Presently Nuno’s main research interests are centered on social development of children.  More specifically 1) what is the role of Oxytocyn on preschoolers’ social behavior, social bonds and problem behaviours; 2) what is the effect of father involvement on child social development. He has taught courses in England and Lisbon both at graduate and undergraduate levels in Developmental psychology, Developmental psychopathology, Statistics, Research Methods and Psychoanalysis. He has expertise in both quantitative analysis and qualitative methods including auto-biographic in-depth interviews.

Main 5 publications

Torres, N. (2019). Testing a Neuro-Evolutionary Theory of Social Bonds and Addiction: Methadone Associated With Lower Attachment Anxiety, Comfort With Closeness, and Proximity Maintenance. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00602
Torres, N., Martins, D., Santos, A. J, Prata, D., & Veríssimo, M. (2018). “How do hypothalamic nonapeptides shape youth’s sociality? A systematic review on oxytocin, vasopressin and human socio-emotional development”, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 90(1), 309-331. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.05.004
Veríssimo, M., Torres, N., Silva, F., Fernandes, C., Vaughn, B.E., & Santos, A.J. (2017) Children’s Representations of Attachment and Positive Teacher-Child Relationships. Frontiers in Psychology, section Educational Psychology.8:2270. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02270
Torres, N., Veríssimo, M, Santos, A. J, Monteiro, L., Figueiredo, M., & Vaughn, B. E. (2015). Quantity of Group Child Care, Behavior Problems, and Prosocial Behaviors: A Study with Portuguese Preschoolers. Early Education and Development, 26, 1145 – 1165. doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.1024994
Torres, N., Maia, J., Veríssimo, M., Fernandes, M., & Silva, F. (2012). Attachment security representations in institutionalized children and children living with their families: links to problem behavior. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy 19 (1), 25 – 36. doi: 10.1002/cpp.739