• Speaking Engagements

    Dr. Metzger delivers informative and dynamic evidence-based presentations to academic and professional audiences globally.

     

    Topics of recent Key Note Presentations include:

    • Cultural sensitivity in treatment delivery
    • Diversity and inclusion on college campuses
    • The impact of racism and discrimination on African American youth
    • Preventing risk behaviors in adolescents
    • Racial socialization and "the talk" between Black parents and their children
    • Mental health among diverse populations

    Each of Dr. Metzger's talks are specifically tailored for the target audience, and they are customized to inspire attendees to take actionable steps to progress their individual lives, families, professions, communities, and the world at large.

  • 2020
    • 2020. Towards Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma: Cultural Considerations in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for African American Youth. University of South Carolina Clinical-Community Psychology and School Psychology Programs. Invited Virtual Workshop.
    • 2020. Identity Based Work & Being a Non-Optical Ally: Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma. Lyra Health. Burlingame, C. Invited Virtual Facilitated Discussion Series.
    • 2020 Processing as a Provider, Coping and Self- Care: Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma. Lyra Health. Burlingame, C. Invited Virtual Facilitated Discussion Series.
    • 2020. Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma: Integrating Racial Socialization into Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for African American Youth. Medical University of South Carolina Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program. Charleston, SC. Invited Virtual Workshop.
    • 2020. "Level Up"” Building Systems' Strategies to Protect Black Youth from Racial Stress and Trauma. Georgia Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Invited Workshop. Athens, GA.
    • 2020. Application of the ADAPT-ITT Model: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Using PRACTICE and Integrating Racial Socialization for African American youth. Qualitative Research Design Group. Yale University School of Public Health. New Haven, CT.
    2019
    • 2019. The Impact of Severity of Disaster Exposure: Cascading Effects across Parental Distress, Adolescent PTSD Symptoms, and Parent-Child Conflict and Communication. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
    • 2019. Does coping and racial identity promote school engagement? Using an equity-elaborated social-emotional learning lens. Paper Presentation. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
    • 2019. Understanding and Improving the Mental and Behavioral Health Outcomes of Interpersonal and Racial Stress for African American Youth. Spring Colloquium. Winston-Salem State University, Department of Psychological Sciences. Winston-Salem, NC.
    2018
    • 2018. An Integrative Basic and Applied Science Approach to Understanding & Improving Behavioral & Mental Health Outcomes for Trauma Exposed African American Youth. Research Seminar in Health Promotion and Behavior. University of Georgia, Department of Public Health. Athens, GA.
    • 2018. From Understanding to Improving: African American College Students’ Mental Health Outcomes. Georgia African American Male Experience (GAAME) Weekend Academic Lecture, Office of Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.
    • 2018. Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Outcomes among African American Youth: An Integrative Risk and Resilience Perspective. Clinical Colloquium Spring Series. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
    2017
    • 2017. Risk and Resilience: Mental Health Disparities in Underserved Student Populations. Dialogues in Diversity Lunchtime Series, Office of Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.
    • 2017. Health Disparities Associated with Trauma Exposure and Treatment. Medical University of South Carolina Fall Research Meeting. Charleston, SC.
    2016
    • 2016. Why Use Community Based Participatory Research? Examples from Culturally Specific Program Evaluation and Treatment Modification. Medical University of South Carolina Fall Research Meeting. Charleston, SC.

  • Invited Talks

    2021
    • 2021. Clinical Psychology Students and their Clients: Interpersonal and Racial Stress and Trauma. Auburn University Department of Psychological Sciences, Human Development and Family Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series. Auburn, AL
    • 2021. Rosecrans Address Honoring Incoming President Rihana Mason. Resilience through Racial Socialization: A Program of Research to Promote Healing for Black Youth. Opening Speaker. Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association.
    • 2021. Treating Racial Stress and Trauma. San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Chadwick Center for Children & Families at Rady Children’s Hospital. Children’s Advocacy Center Track Invited Talk. San Diego, California.
    • 2021. Research on Racial Trauma and Racial Socialization. MUSC Intern Teleconference Didactic Seminar Series Coordinated by Tatiana Davidson. Medical University of South Carolina. Charleston Consortium Internship Program. Charleston, SC.
    2020
    • 2020. Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma: Integrating Racial Socialization into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for African American Youth. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Invited Talk. Special Interest Group Meeting Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence.
    • 2020. Identity Based Work & Being a Non-Optical Ally: Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma. Lyra Health. Burlingame, C. Invited Virtual Facilitated Discussion Series.
    • 2020 Processing as a Provider, Coping and Self- Care: Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma. Lyra Health. Burlingame, C. Invited Virtual Facilitated Discussion Series.
    • 2020. Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma: Integrating Racial Socialization into Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for African American Youth. Medical University of South Carolina Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program. Charleston, SC. Invited Virtual Workshop.
    • 2020. "Level Up"” Building Systems' Strategies to Protect Black Youth from Racial Stress and Trauma. Georgia Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Invited Workshop. Athens, GA.
    • 2020. Application of the ADAPT-ITT Model: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Using PRACTICE and Integrating Racial Socialization for African American youth. Qualitative Research Design Group. Yale University School of Public Health. New Haven, CT.
    2019
    • 2019. The Impact of Severity of Disaster Exposure: Cascading Effects across Parental Distress, Adolescent PTSD Symptoms, and Parent-Child Conflict and Communication. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
    • 2019. Does coping and racial identity promote school engagement? Using an equity-elaborated social-emotional learning lens. Paper Presentation. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
    • 2019. Understanding and Improving the Mental and Behavioral Health Outcomes of Interpersonal and Racial Stress for African American Youth. Spring Colloquium. Winston-Salem State University, Department of Psychological Sciences. Winston-Salem, NC.
    2018
    • 2018. An Integrative Basic and Applied Science Approach to Understanding & Improving Behavioral & Mental Health Outcomes for Trauma Exposed African American Youth. Research Seminar in Health Promotion and Behavior. University of Georgia, Department of Public Health. Athens, GA.
    • 2018. From Understanding to Improving: African American College Students’ Mental Health Outcomes. Georgia African American Male Experience (GAAME) Weekend Academic Lecture, Office of Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.
    • 2018. Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Outcomes among African American Youth: An Integrative Risk and Resilience Perspective. Clinical Colloquium Spring Series. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
    2017
    • 2017. Risk and Resilience: Mental Health Disparities in Underserved Student Populations. Dialogues in Diversity Lunchtime Series, Office of Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.
    • 2017. Health Disparities Associated with Trauma Exposure and Treatment. Medical University of South Carolina Fall Research Meeting. Charleston, SC.
    2016
    • 2016. Why Use Community Based Participatory Research? Examples from Culturally Specific Program Evaluation and Treatment Modification. Medical University of South Carolina Fall Research Meeting. Charleston, SC.

  • National and International Research Presentations

    2021
    • 2021. Young, Black, and Queer: Addressing Intersectional Identities in Trauma and Resilience Interventions. Clinical Perspectives Symposium Presentation. Healing at the Intersection of Interpersonal and Racial Trauma: Cultural Considerations for Trauma Focused CBT with Black Youth. Co-sponsored by the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identities Issues Committee (SOGIIC) and Child Maltreatment & Violence (CMV) Committees. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.  
    2020
    • 2020. Towards Improving Racial Trauma Treatment: A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Service Utilization at a Children’s Advocacy Center. Identifying Barriers and Mechanisms for the Treatment of Racial Trauma among Black Communities: Implications for Bridging Science and Practice. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting. Virtual Symposium.
    • 2020. What does race have to do with it? Toward a comprehensive understanding of racial discrimination and stress-related health outcomes for African Americans. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting. Virtual Symposium.  
    • 2020. Identifying Barriers and Mechanisms for the Treatment of Racial Trauma Among Black Communities: Implications for Bridging Science and Practice. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting. Virtual Symposium. 

    2019

    • 2019. Application of the ADAPT-ITT Model: TF-CBT Using PRACTICE and Integrating Racial Socialization. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
    • 2019. A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Ethnic Differences in Service Utilization at a Children's Advocacy Center Following Childhood Abuse. Mixed Methods Research Regional Conference. Port of Spain, Trinidad.
    2018
    • 2018. Developing and Implementing Innovative Interventions and Approaches for Addressing HIV Disparities. 15th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Santiago, Chile.
    2017
    • 2017. Ethnic Differences in Service Attrition Following Trauma Exposure: Utilizing Retrospective Chart Review and Key Informant Interviews. Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Annual Meeting. San Diego, California
    • 2017. School Racial Climate, School Suspensions, and Office Discipline Referrals: The Mediating Role of Classroom Engagement. American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Washington, DC.
    • 2017. Alpha and beta testing of a trauma-informed HIV and substance abuse prevention mobile health application for teens who have experienced interpersonal violence: the eHEARTT toolkit. International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science. Paris, France.
    2016
    • 2016. Validating a Cultural Sensitivity Effectiveness Evaluation Model for Risk Behavior Prevention Programs Designed for African American Adolescents with Trauma Exposure: Leveraging the “SiHLE” Program. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dallas, Texas.
    • 2016. Racial Differences in the Effect of Perception of Neighborhood Condition on Post-Trauma Symptoms: The Preceding Role of Hyperarousal. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dallas, Texas.
    2015
    • 2015. Comfort and Distraction during Web-Based Interventions for Alcohol Use and Sexual Assault Risk. Paper Symposium, Novel Interventions for Sexual Assault Risk Reduction, Resistance Education, and Survivor Recovery. American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Denver, Colorado.
    • 2015. Cultural Sensitivity Effectiveness Evaluation of the “Sistas Informing Healing Living and Empowering” (SiHLE) Pregnancy and HIV Prevention Program. Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
    • 2015. Does Race Matter in Treatment Engagement? Examining Service Access in a Children’s Advocacy Center. Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
    • 2015. A decision tree approach to the assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.
    2014
    • 2014. School Racial Climate and Academic Achievement Among African American Adolescents: Testing A Moderated Mediation Model. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Austin, Texas.
    2013
    • 2013. Culturally Sensitive Prevention Programs Targeting High-Risk Behaviors among African American Adolescents. Symposium: Racial-Ethnic Socialization on the Development of Diverse Youth: Implications for Research and Practice. Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.
    • 2013. Intergenerational Experiences and African American Fathers’ Involvement: The Mediating Role of Fathering Ideologies. Symposium: African American Fathers’ Parenting Experiences: Exploring Processes and Contributions to Youth Outcomes. Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.
    2012
    • 2012. Parenting Profiles of Academic and Racial Socialization: Associations with Academic Engagement and Perception of Academic Ability of African American Adolescents. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    • 2012. African American Parenting Profiles of Academic and Racial Socialization Practices: Associations with Adolescents’ Academic Outcomes. National Black Graduate Student Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
    2011
    • 2011. Getting to Outcomes for the individual: Applying a systematic framework to treatment interventions for pregnant substance-abusing women. Symposium- Necessary and sufficient: Supporting effective prevention and intervention across systems levels with Getting To Outcomes. Society for Community Research and Action. Chicago, Illinois.
    • 2011. African American Fathers' Racial Identity and Experiences with Discrimination: Implications for Racial Socialization Practices. Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    • 2011. An Exploration of African American Fathers' Racial Socialization of their Adolescent Daughters. Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    2010
    • 2010. Planning and Monitoring Implementation: The Maternal Outreach Management Services (MOMS) Project. American Evaluation Association, San Antonio, TX.
    • 2010. Maternal Outreach Management Services (MOMS): A Model for Pregnant Substance Abusers. National Association of Black Social Workers, Oral Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
    2009
    • 2009. Expressive and Receptive Vocabulary Knowledge Among Elementary School Children K- 2. Southeastern Psychological Association Research Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana.
    2008
    • 2008. Category Production in Response to Varying Prompts by Low-Income School-Aged Children. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Orlando, Florida.

  • Regional Presentations

    2019
    • 2019. Conversations with Professionals, Invited Presenter, TRIO Student Support Services Program program at Georgia State University.
    • 2019. RISE Scholars Leadership & Academic Program for College Success: A Talk with UGA Professors. Invited Faculty Panelist, Office of Institutional Diversity, University of Georgia.
    2018
    • 2018. McNair Scholars Research Conference, Transitioning to Graduate School & Faculty Panel. Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP).
    2017
    • 2017. University of Georgia Doctoral Scholars Reception, 24th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring- Compact for Faculty Diversity Conference, Southern Regional Education Board.
    • 2017. Discussions on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. AACC Fall 2017 Advisor Workshop, Academic Advising Coordinating Council, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.
    2013
    • 2013. Culturally Sensitive Prevention Programs Targeting High-Risk Behaviors among African American Adolescents. University of South Carolina Graduate Student Day. Columbia, SC.
    2012
    • 2012. Academic and Racial Socialization Profiles: Associations with African American Adolescents’ Academic Outcomes. University of South Carolina Graduate Student Day. Columbia, SC.
    2011
    • 2011. Cultural Competence: Assessing the Teen Positive Parenting Program for African American Families in South Carolina. National Black Graduate Student Conference. Columbia, South Carolina.
    2010
    • 2010. MOMS: An Enhanced Treatment Model for Pregnant Substance Abusing Women. LRADAC, The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands, Columbia, SC.
    • 2010. Maternal Outreach Management Services (MOMS): A Brief Overview. LRADAC, The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands, Women’s Advisory Committee, Columbia, SC.
    • 2010. MOMS Project: Getting to Outcomes with Substance-Abusing Pregnant Women. Poster. James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture Series, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
    2008
    • 2008. Category Production in Response to Varying Prompts by Low-Income School-Aged Children. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Summer Internship Research Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
    • 2008. Category Production in Response to Varying Prompts by Low-Income School-Aged Children. Kiddie Café Developmental Seminar, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
    • 2008. Category Production in Response to Varying Prompts by Low-Income School-Aged Children. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Fall Research Symposium, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
    • 2008. Expressive and Receptive Vocabulary Knowledge Among Elementary School Children K- 2. Honors Thesis Symposium, Georgia State University. Atlanta, GA.