Dr. Isha W. Metzger
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Karissa Smith (they/them)
Position: Research Coordinator
Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon
Research Interests: I am interested in developing and disseminating interventions that improve mental health outcomes of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth who have experienced gender-based violence. As well as, structural violence and oppression.
Future Goals: To obtain a PhD in either Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Social Work
Interesting Fact: I love to garden, and my favorite plant to grow is squash!
Ashley Ford (she/her)
Position: Research Scientist
Hometown: New Bern, NC
Research Interests: Investigating the neurobiological impact of trauma and mood disorders in African American youth to identify novel therapeutic interventions.
Future Goals: Becoming a Clinical Psychologist.
Interesting Fact: My favorite hobby is gardening and all things outdoors.
Wes Unruh (he/him)
Position: Digital Media Strategist
Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
Experience: From 2014 through 2020 I served as webmaster for The Peabody Awards.
Research Interests: Understanding how online interactions can support the health of a diverse community.
Future Goals: Developing safe, engaging online spaces for emotionally charged issues.
Interesting Fact: I am a private adoptee and I've found both my mother and father.
Liana Giglio (she/her)
Position: Social Media Manager
Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
Research Interests: Studying the varying personality development paths and mental health disparities that emerge in different groups of people.
Future Goals: Obtain a Master's Degree in clinical mental health counseling and become a practicing clinician!
Interesting Fact: I love to play soccer and I have a kitten named June.