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Isha Metzger, Ph.D.

University of Georgia

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Dr. Isha Metzger is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests focus on reducing mental health disparities through increasing engagement and enhancing treatment outcomes among under-served African American youth and families. 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, evaluation, implementation, dissemination, and cultural enhancement of prevention programming aimed at reducing mental health and health disparities among African American youth. Within this context, Dr. Metzger is currently the principal investigator of two research projects: 1) Culturally Enhanced Trauma Treatment to Reduce HIV Risk for African American Youth: Integrating Racial Socialization and 2) A Community Based Participatory Research Approach to Reducing Health Disparities in Service Initiation and Engagement following Trauma Exposure.

Dr. Metzger is an early-career mentee in the mentoring program for the Center for Translational and Prevention Science.

Contact Info

Email: ISHA.METZGER@uga.edu

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