2021 was one of the deadliest gun violence years in decades. Did you catch this episode of Peace of Mind with Taraji? Rapper G Herbo talks about his struggles with PTSD and community activist Harry Bell shares how witnessing multiple shootings left him struggling with alcohol and suicidal thoughts. In this episode, Dr. Isha Metzger discusses impacts of gun violence on individuals and communities, and how these life-threatening experiences specifically cause harm to the Black community. Find the episode exclusively on Facebook TV!
November 2021 - Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism
It is finally here!! The book "Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism" is available to you online for FREE! Are you interested in doing some anti-racism reading? This book is edited by Dr. Kevin Cokley and features a chapter authored by friends of The EMPOWER Lab, Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi and Dr. Earl Turner, as well as our very own Dr. Isha Metzger! Visit cognella.com/making-black-lives-matter and start reading so you don't miss out on the excellent content from Black scholars, activists, and students like you!
September 2021 - The 8 Unique Stressors Behind Depression in Young U.S. Latinos
Depression rates for young Latino people are some of the highest among all communities in the U.S. Racial trauma, struggles with ethnic identity, and learning a new language/having an accent are a few of the many barriers contributing to the greater level of mental health issues in the Latinx communtiy. Many of these stressors are ehnicity-related, so our treatment for them should be ethnicity-related too. Andrea Vargas, Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein, Ivette M. Gómez, Dr. Teresa Yanez, and Dr. Isha Metzger discuss what is needed and culturally competent counseling! Read more at https://tinyurl.com/depressionpsychcentral
September 2021 - KBLA Talk 1580, featuring Dr. Isha Metzger
Tavis Smiley owns and operates the first Black-owned talk radio station in Los Angeles, KBLA 1580. He hosted Dr. Isha Metzger and they discussed racial stress and trauma in the Black community, her research in this area with the EMPOWER Lab, and more!
September 2021 - The Cohort Sistas Podcast, featuring Dr. Isha Metzger
Did you catch the latest episode of the Cohort Sistas Podcast? Listen in to this wonderful conversation between host Dr. Ijeoma Kola and our very own Dr. Isha Metzger! Together, they discuss how to establish expectations and boundaries in mentoring and balancing academic & community work. Hear about Dr. Metzger's journey, including the role that mentors have played in her success, securing funding for her studies, why she decided to work in such a transdisciplinary way. Dr. Metzger also leaves us with some words of encouragement for Black women who are thinking about pursuing doctoral studies.
September 2021 - The Psychologists Podcast, featuring Dr. Isha Metzger
The Psychologists Podcast (hosted by Julia & Gill Strait) featured Dr. Isha Metzger! She discussed racial stressors, racial socialization, and racial trauma; she spoke as a professor/researcher/psychologist, but also got personal! If you're wondering how we should be talking about race with our kids, what to do as a clinician working with people with different backgrounds or beliefs, or how to just stop saying/doing things that hurt other people, listen in for some research-backed tips.
August 2021 - PsychCentral, Depression in Young Latinos and the Unique Stressors Behind It, by Lacey Muinos and Sandra Silva Casabianca
Depression rates for young Latino people are some of the highest among all communities in the U.S. Racial trauma, struggles with ethnic identity, and learning a new language/having an accent are a few of the many barriers contributing to the greater level of mental health issues in the Latinx communtiy. Many of these stressors are ehnicity-related, so our treatment for them should be ethnicity-related too. Andrea Vargas, Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein, Ivette M. Gómez, Dr. Teresa Yanez, and Dr. Isha Metzger discuss what is needed and culturally competent counseling!
June 2021 - VoyageATL Local Stories, Meet Isha Metzger: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Owner, by Erika Smith
Academia or Business? Why not both? Dr. Metzger founded Cultural Concepts, LLC in the summer of 2020, seamlessly transitioning her academic experience in racial trauma and healing to consultations for improvements in the way that other businesses and organizations interact with the community. Dr. Metzger has over a decade of expertise in researching positive development for Black youth and in working with clinicians to deliver better care for minority populations.
April 2021 - MedPage Today, Treating Ethno-Racial Trauma With Cultural Humility, by Kara Grant
Dr. Metzger trains mental health providers to be aware of racial stressors like unfair policing and racially motivated hate crimes. These stressors often occur in addition to the interpersonal stressors that require help from mental health professionals. Confronting the topic of race in therapy is critical for engaging and efficacious treatment for ethnic minorities. In this article, Dr. Metzger discusses the utility of cultural humility for clinicians from majority populations to connect with, engage, and validate the experiences of BIPOC clients so that they benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy.
March 2021 - Future Human, Scientists Are Using Psychedelics to Help People Cope With Racial Trauma, by Emma Betuel
Dr. Metzger notes that there is no magic drug for racial trauma or PTSD; furthermore, while psychedelics may have enhancing effects for therapy, which is deserving of more research, they do carry risks and side effects like panic attacks. Even without drugs, therapists have a variety of techniques at their disposal, such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy or Cognitive Processing Therapy. By using therapy to help clients explore the way trauma has affected them, Dr. Metzger suggests that they can then restructure the way they view their own trauma.
March 2021 - American Psychological Association CE e-Newsletter, Six Things Psychologists Are Talking About, Communicating with Teens During COVID by Zara Abrams
Dr. Isha Metzger and Dr. Riana E. Anderson discuss the development of the EMBRace—Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race intervention, the Racial Trauma Guide, and provide suggestions for parents and caregivers talking about race and racism with teens.
January 2021 - Journal of School Psychology (2020), Parenting profiles of academic and racial socialization: Associations with academic engagement and academic self-beliefs of African American adolescents, research spotlight
Drs. Isha Metzger, Shauna Cooper, Charity Griffin, Alexandrea Golden, Ijeoma Opara, and Tiarney Ritchwood detailed the different ways that parents utilized academic and racial socialization. In this study, the researchers identified different parenting profiles that are associated with academic outcomes for African American youth.
December 2020 - Georgia Health News, COVID-19 Bus Brings Help for Behavioral Health Needs by Naomi Thomas
Dr. Metzger noted that food, income, and housing insecurities are associated with increased risks of behavioral health concerns. As such, and in an attempt to provide comprehensive care that meets community needs, the CarePartners bus also delivers food to families in need through working in partnership with local food banks.
August 2020 - One in Ten, The Meaning of Healing for Black Kids and Families
We're back from our Best of the Best series to talk withDr. Isha Metzger, a clinical psychologist, a University of Georgia researcher, and head of The EMPOWER Lab. But her real claim to fame: she noticed that the gold-standard treatment for children delivered at CACs wasn't working for her Black clients, dug into it, and came up with a brand-new adaptation to serve Black children and families, build their trust, and see themselves reflected in the work of healing from trauma. In fact, Just as concrete barriers need to be lowered to help families engage with treatment, the messages embedded within that treatment must include racial socialization and messages that include messages of strength, joy, pride, and voice. How can CACs and clinicians ensure they're meeting the needs of Black kids and families, or of other BIPOC kids? What are white clinicians to do to ensure that the messages in treatment fit the experiences of their BIPOC clients? And what are the implications for family engagement?
Topics in this episode: What is racial socialization? How social and racial messages affect treatment outcomes; Culturally specific treatment strategies; How racial adaptations for treatment models work; Racial trauma and polyvictimization; The role of celebratory experiences in treatment; Racial justice; Diversity, equity, and inclusion; Mental health disparity
July 2020 - Bowtie Conversations in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
"How to Talk to (K-12) Children About Race and Inclusion" This episode of the Bowtie Convo discusses the importance of talking to children about race and inclusion. Join Host Dr. "Bowtie" Todd as he is joined by an all-star panel of educators and parents: Dr. Isha Metzger (Professor and Clinical Psychologist), The Franklin Family (Parents and Educators), Mr. Barry White (Popularized as “The Handshake Teacher”), and Rian Reed (CEO of Rian Reed & Co.)
June 2020 - Salone Health, Sierra Leoneans against COVID-19
As Sierra Leonean healthcare and public health young professionals focused on disseminating relevant and timely information to the Salone community, this town-hall presented bySalone Health discusses prevention, testing, and information sources, and feature an open discussion with a Q&A and testimonials from professionals in the Sierra Leonean community. Dr. Metzger presents information on mental health including common stress reactions to COVID-19, coping with COVID-19 related stress, discussing COVID-19 with your children, and tips for first responders!
Many ethnic and racial groups experience higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as compared to White Americans. One explanation for this is the experience of racism, which can itself be traumatic. When traumatization is due to experiences of racism it is sometimes called racial trauma. Racial trauma can result from major experiences of racism such as workplace discrimination or hate crimes, or it can be the result of an accumulation of many small occurrences, such as everyday discrimination and microaggressions. An article by Williams, Metzger, and colleagues, published in Practice Innovations, aims to provide a context for understanding how racism can lead to a diagnosis of PTSD according to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
October 2018 - On Second Thought, NPR, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Dr. Isha Metzger, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, and Sally Sheppard, the Executive Director of The Cottage, a sexual assault and children’s advocacy center in Athens, GA, joined in on the national conversation about sexual assault surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Topics discussed include the psychological effects of sexual assault (e.g., repressed memories, PTSD, triggers), why women might choose to not report or disclose that they have been sexually assaulted, and the role of psychologists and advocates in healing from trauma. This episode of “On Second Thought” is available for download on NPR, Apple Music podcasts, Soundcloud, and other streaming apps.