Yale University

Isha Metzger, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Department of Psychology
  • 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, where she also completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Dr. Metzger is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia. Her 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 impact 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 engaged in 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 teaches Graduate students at the University of Georgia and offers trauma-informed culturally-sensitive, evidence-based treatment to youth, families, and adults, and she serves as a consultant to trainees and professionals in the community. Her REIDS mentor is Dr. Barbara Guthrie.