Isha Metzger

Founder of Cultural Concepts LLC, Assistance Professor of Psychology

Dr. Isha Metzger is the Founder of Cultural Concepts LLC, an Assistance Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University, Adjunct and Graduate faculty at the University of Georgia, and Visiting Research Faculty at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University. Dr. Metzger earned her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, and she received postdoctoral training both at the National Crime Victims Center and at Yale University. As Director of the EMPOWER Lab at GSU, Dr. Metzger focuses on reducing mental health disparities through “Engaging Minorities in Prevention, Outreach, Wellness, Education, & Research.” Dr. Metzger’s systematic research program is aimed at healing culturally specific risk factors like racial discrimination through utilizing protective factors like racial socialization to improve cognitive and behavioral outcomes for Black clients receiving evidence-based services for interpersonal and racial stress and trauma in “real world” settings. Dr. Metzger is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a certified clinician and trainer for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She offers award-winning instruction, supervision, training, and consultation to students, professionals, and organizations across the nation on the delivery of evidence-based treatments for underserved individuals seeking mental health treatment for a range of problems including anxiety, depression, PTSD, racial trauma, and substance misuse. Additionally, Dr. Metzger is an advocate for Black youth and families in the local community, and she is both personally and professionally committed to illuminating and utilizing the individual and communal ability of Black Americans and Black clients to heal from and thrive despite experiences with racism.