• Isha Walwina Metzger, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Psychology
    University of Georgia

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    Affiliate Research Faculty

    Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

    Yale University School of Public Health

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    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Georgia Professional Licensing Board

    License #PSY004185

     

    Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) Certified Therapist

    Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents

    Dr. Isha Metzger is a first generation American from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Sierra Leone, West Africa. She graduated from Georgia State with a BA in Psychology. Subsequently, 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 currently serves as Visiting Research Faculty in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS’ Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars Program at Yale University. In her primary role, Dr. Metzger is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia and Director of The EMPOWER Lab.

     

    Dr. Metzger teaches Graduate and Undergraduate students at the University of Georgia and she is both professionally and personally devoted to instruction in Psychology. Among her many roles, Dr. Metzger is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist focused on providing direct services, consulting, and supervising the delivery of evidence-based treatments to thousands of underserved individuals seeking treatment for a broad range of problems related to trauma exposure, anxiety and mood, substance use, risky sexual behaviors, self-harm, and a range of internalizing and externalizing problems. Dr. Metzger is the Mental Health expert for Salone Health, an organization dedicated to improving the health of Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad. In addition, Dr. Metzger is an advocate in the local community, and she serves as a culturally sensitive Consultant and Program Evaluator to trainees and professionals and organizations both locally and nationally.

     

  • Education and Training

    Georgia State University

    Bachelor of Arts

    Department of Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Advanced Research Honors Degree

    University of South Carolina

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Clinical-Community Psychology (APA Accredited), Department of Psychology

    University of South Carolina

    Masters of Arts

    Clinical-Community Psychology (APA Accredited), Department of Psychology

    Medical University of South Carolina

    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center

    Department of Psychiatry Treatment Development and Dissemination Track

    Medical University of South Carolina

    Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship

    Charleston Consortium Psychology Predoctoral Internship Training Program

    Yale University School of Public Health

    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)

    Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)

  • Recent Honors and Awards

    2021

    • Research Award in recognition of creativity and leadership on research studies that contribute meaningfully to clinical science, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia
    • Recognized as “faculty who had a significant, positive, impact on the career decision-making process of a graduate”, Career Center, University of Georgia

    2020

    • Distinguished Scholar Distinction for major accomplishments in securing substantial extramural funding as a Principal Investigator, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, OIBR Executive Committee, University of Georgia  
    • Clinical Award for Outstanding Supervision, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia

    2019

    • Faculty Mentor of the Year, University of Georgia Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
    • Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia
    • Recognized as "faculty who had a significant, positive impact on the career decision-making process of a graduate in the class of 2019", Career Center, University of Georgia
    • APA Journals Article Spring Spotlight, American Psychological Association
    • A Common Call Regional Faculty Grant, Faculty Commons, University of Georgia
    2018
    • Teaching Award for Outstanding Instruction, University of Georgia, Clinical Psychology Program​
    2017
    • Early Career Fellow, Owens Institute of Behavioral Research, University of Georgia
    • Mentored Fellow, University of Georgia, Center for Translational and Prevention Science
    • 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health, National Minority Quality Forum
    2016
    • Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS), Yale University​
    • Health Equity Ambassador, APA Health Disparities Initiative
    • Community Engaged Scholar Award, Medical University of South Carolina