PI Elizabeth Torres honored with Joint Legislative Resolution from the NJ Senate

We are extremely excited to announce that The Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey have passed a Joint Legislative Resolution to acknowledge Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Torres, and to praise her as an individual of strong character and exceptional determination. This legislature commends her and pays tribute to her meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment to leading initiatives that have transformed research and treatments of autism in New Jersey. Dr. Torres’ groundbreaking interdisciplinary work has played a large role integrating diverse research programs, innovating and translating basic science to improve the lives of our community members. 




The Senate and General Assembly

State House, Trenton, NJ



By Senator Bucco, Assemblyman Bergen and Assemblywoman Dunn


WHEREAS, The Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey are pleased to salute Elizabeth B. Torres Ph.D., a highly esteemed resident of the Garden State who will be honored during Celebrate the Children’s Let’s Play Gala which will be held virtually on February 13, 2021; and,


WHEREAS, The Prestigious Murray G. Osgood Innovation Award is being bestowed upon Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres in grateful recognition of her outstanding professional accomplishments and her groundbreaking research; and,


WHEREAS, Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres Serves with distinction as Principal Investigator and Director of the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence and the depth of her knowledge and breadth of her experience have been essential and leading initiatives that transform autism medical research and treatments throughout our State; and,


WHEREAS, An illustrious graduate of the University of California San Diego’s Ph.D. program, Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres shares her extraordinary expertise as a computational neuroscientist with a specialty in theoretical and empirical aspects of sensory motor integration and human cognition, and she has imparted her wisdom as a member of the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, as well as the Rutgers Center of Cognitive Science and the Center for Computational Biomedicine Imagine and Modelling; and,


WHEREAS, Further renowned as the author of two acclaimed books on autism and biometrics, Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres spent a year at the National Institute of Aging, where she made important contributions to the development of computational models of cognition for use in geriatric medicine and completed graduate work in applied mathematics to neuro-motor control models in the field of cognitive science ; and,


WHEREAS, Within all the spheres of her life and work, Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres has established a model to emulate and has set a standard of excellence toward which others might strive; and,


WHEREAS, It Is altogether proper and fitting for the New Jersey Legislature to acknowledge Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres and to praise her as an individual of strong character and exceptional determination; now, therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State New Jersey:

That this Legislature hereby commends Dr. Elizabeth B. Torres, pays tribute to her meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment, and extend sincere best wishes for continued success in all her future endeavors; and,

Be It Further Resolved, that a duly authenticated copy of this resolution signed by the Senate President and the Assembly Speaker and attested by the Senate Secretary and the Assembly Clerk be transmitted to Elizabeth B. Torres Ph.D.


Signed by:

            Stephen M. Sweeney, President of the Senate

            Craig J. Coughlin, Speaker of the General Assembly

Attested by:

            Linda Metzger, Secretary of the Senate

            Dana M. Burley, Clerk of the General Assembly