Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Arthur Andrews, Ph.D. (2014-current)
Kaitlin Bountress, Ph.D. (2015-current) Dr. Bountress earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona State University and completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in genetic and environmental influences on adolescent and emerging adult substance use outcomes. She is specifically interested in studying the mechanisms by which early “risky” environments (e.g. poor parenting, the presence of an externalizing peer group, or exposure to a traumatic event) and genetic effects may impact later risk for alcohol and drug misuse. She is also interested in the role of environmental influences in mediating and moderating the effects of genes on adolescent and emerging adult substance use outcomes. Finally, she has emerging interests in learning new gene score methodologies, as well as in answering questions about the intersection of internalizing (e.g. trauma-related anxiety, depression) and externalizing (e.g. alcohol or drug use) disorders using genetically-informative designs. Dr. Bountress also provides trauma-focused treatment to children, adolescents, and adults at the NCVC.
Isha Metzger, Ph.D. (2015-current) Dr. Metzger is from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Dr. Metzger earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina, an APA-Accredited internship program, and is currently serving as a NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Traumatic Stress at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Her research interests center on understanding risk behaviors (i.e., sexual activity, alcohol use) as well as risk and resilience factors (e.g., ethnicity, social support, racial socialization and discrimination, environmental stressors, peer relationships) that impact youth outcomes (e.g., risk behavior participation; HIV contraction, unintended pregnancies, sexual assault, drunk-driving accidents, and legal system involvement) and inform culturally sensitive prevention programs. She is also interested in the understanding the multiple stages of translational research including the conceptualization, implementation, dissemination, and systematic evaluation of prevention programming aimed at reducing disparities for this population. Dr. Metzger also teaches at the Medical University of South Carolina, offers trauma-informed culturally-sensitive consultation to trainees and professionals in the community, and provides evidence-based trauma-focused treatment to children, adolescents, families, and adults at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center.
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