Yale University

Isha Metzger, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)


From Atlanta, Georgia by way of Sierra Leone, West Africa, Dr. Metzger earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Metzger completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina, an APA-Accredited internship program. Currently, she is a National Institute of Mental Health T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Traumatic Stress at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Her research is funded by the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Center for Community Health Partnerships (SCTR/CCHP) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Metzger’s research interests focus on reducing mental health disparities through increasing engagement and enhancing treatment outcomes among underserved minority populations (e.g., African Americans). Specifically, Dr. Metzger is interested in preventing engagement in risky behaviors (e.g., sexual activity, alcohol use, delinquency) as well as understanding risk and resilience factors (e.g., trauma experiences, racial socialization and discrimination, family and peer relationships) that may moderate or mediate the relation between trauma exposure and problematic outcomes (e.g., STI/HIV exposure, unintended pregnancies, revictimization, drunk-driving accidents, legal system involvement). She also is interested in understanding the multiple stages of translational research including the conceptualization, implementation, dissemination, and systematic evaluation of prevention programming aimed at reducing mental health and health disparities among African American youth. Dr. Metzger also teaches at the Medical University of South Carolina; offers trauma-informed culturally-sensitive consultation to trainees and professionals in the community; and provides evidence-based trauma-focused treatment to children, adolescents, families, and adults at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Her REIDS mentor is Dr. Barbara Guthrie.