• About Me


    Dr. Isha W. Metzger is a first generation American from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Dr. Metzger is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of The EMPOWER Lab, Owner of Cultural Concepts, LLC, a Certified Therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and she is the Mental Health expert for Salone Health, an organization dedicated to improving the health of Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.


    The overarching goal of Dr. Metzger’s career is to take a strengths based, anti-deficit approach to prevention for youth of color. Dr. Metzger stands against anti-Black racism and oppression through "Engaging Minorities in Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education, & Research" through community-based participatory methods and advocacy. Both personally and professionally, Dr. Metzger is heavily invested in mentoring and training the next generation of community based prevention scientists.

  • Assistant Professor
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty
    Visiting Research Faculty
    Director, The EMPOWER Lab
    "Engaging Minorities in Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education, & Research"
    Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) Certified Therapist
  • Education and Training

    Yale University School of Public Health


    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)

    Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)

    Medical University of South Carolina


    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

    National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center

    Department of Psychiatry

    Treatment Development and Dissemination Track

    University of South Carolina


    Doctor of Philosophy

    Clinical-Community Psychology (APA Accredited)

    Department of Psychology

    Medical University of South Carolina


    Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship

    Charleston Consortium Psychology

    Predoctoral Internship Training Program

    University of South Carolina


    Masters of Arts

    Clinical-Community Psychology (APA Accredited)

    Department of Psychology

    Georgia State University


    Bachelor of Arts

    Department of Psychology, Summa Cum Laude

    Advanced Research Honors Degree

  • Awards & Honors

    2022 Article of the Year, 2021, “Healing Interpersonal and Racial Trauma: Integrating Racial Socialization into Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for African American Youth.” Child Maltreatment, The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and Sage Publishing

    2021 40 Under 40 Influential Alumni Award, Georgia State University Alumni Association

    2021 APA Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career Psychologist, APA Division 56- Trauma Psychology, American Psychological Association

    2021 ABCT Francis C. Sumner Excellence Award in Recognition of Innovative Health Disparities Research, Award-Winning Teaching History, and Contributions to University and Professional Service,

    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

    2021 Research Award in Recognition of Creativity and Leadership on Research Studies that Contribute Meaningfully to Clinical Science, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia

    2020 Distinguished Scholar Distinction - Major Accomplishments in Securing Substantial Extramural Funding as a Principal Investigator, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia

    2020 Clinical Award for Outstanding Supervision, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia

    Multi Recognized as “Faculty who had a Significant, Positive Impact on the Career Decision-Making Process of a Graduate”, Career Center, University of Georgia; 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

    2019 Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion, University of Georgia, Office of Institutional Diversity

    2019 Faculty Mentor of the Year, University of Georgia, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program

    2019 A Common Call Regional Faculty Conference Grant, Faculty Commons, University of Georgia

    2019 APA Journals Article Spring Spotlight, American Psychological Association

    2018 Leadership Innovation in the Franklin Multicultural Curriculum, University of Georgia

    2018 Teaching Award for Outstanding Instruction, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia

    2017 Early Career Fellow, Owens Institute of Behavioral Research, University of Georgia

    2017 Mentored Fellow, Center for Translational and Prevention Science (P30DA027827), University of Georgia

    2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health, National Minority Quality Forum

    2016 Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS), Yale University

    2016 APA Health Equity Ambassador, Health Disparities Initiative

    2016 Community Engaged Scholars Program Inductee, Medical University of South Carolina

    2015 APA Dissertation Research Grant, American Psychological Association

    2013 State Doctoral Scholars Program Dissertation Grant, Southern Regional Education Board

    2013 Nora and William Smith Endowed Fellowship, University of South Carolina

    2013 Laura Griffin Graduate Research Grant, University of South Carolina

    2013 Exemplary Award for Outstanding Service, University of South Carolina

    2012 Graduate Student Research Award, University of South Carolina

    2012 Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Credential, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of South Carolina

    2011 Gamecock Scholars Academic Scholarship, University of South Carolina

    2010 Continuing Graduate Incentive Fellowship, University of South Carolina

    2010 FORD Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention

    2009 Graduate Incentive Fellowship, University of South Carolina

  • Dr. Isha Metzger - Media Appearance - PTSD

    Media Appearances:

    Peace of Mind with Taraji

    PTSD with Rapper G Herbo: Not Just from Combat 


    Each day on average 26 Black Americans are killed by guns. Rapper G Herbo reveals how he suffers from PTSD as a result of growing up around gun violence and why he is now using his platform to help other Black men seek mental health services. Community activist Harry Bell shares how witnessing multiple shootings left him struggling with alcohol and suicidal thoughts. Therapist Isha Metzger sheds light on the personal and community impacts of gun violence, and how these life-threatening weapons specifically cause harm to the Black community. Taraji P. Henson hosts; watch online.