Zachary Adams, Ph.D.

Dr. Adams is a tenure track Assistant Professor and licensed clinical psychologist in the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. His work centers on improving care for young people with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems, especially trauma-exposed youth. He was a member of the faculty at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center prior to assuming his current position in 2014. Dr. Adams was instrumental in the development and testing of RRFT and is an RRFT trainer. Dr. Adams also will serve as a member of the Advisory Board.

Melissa Brymer, PsyD, Ph.D.

Dr. Brymer will serve as a key subject matter expert and resource for our Center, with a specific emphasis on development and dissemination of the planned adaptations to Bounce Back Now. She will also serve on the Advisory Board. Dr. Brymer has served as the Director for the NCTSI’s National Terrorism and Disaster Program (TDP) since 2001. TDP focuses on supporting the behavioral health of children and families after disasters, acts of terrorism, and mass violence. TDP provides training and consultation, as well as engages in product development to support children and families after mass casualty events.

Nicholas Heck, Ph.D.

Dr. Heck is the Director of Behavioral Health at a 21-bed, Critical Access Hospital in Greencastle, Indiana, a rural community in western Indiana. He has more than 10 years’ experience as a clinician, supervisor, and researcher, with a focus on trauma and disparities affecting LGBTQ+ youth. He has a special interest in helping LGBTQ+ youth who reside in rural communities because of their often limited resources. Dr. Heck will serve as a member of the EQUIPTT Advisory Board and share his expertise to address health disparities among LGBTQ+ youth and rural populations. He will help to ensure that the proposed products are beneficial to youth living in rural areas, with a focus on LGBTQ+ children and adolescents.

Isha Metzger, Ph.D.

Dr. Metzger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Georgia. She is a licensed psychologist, whose work has focused on understanding the impact of interpersonal and racial trauma and the protective, healing role of Black parent-child communication. She has developed and modified evidence-based trauma treatments for Black youth. Dr. Metzger will provide 5 days of consultation, each year of the project, at a rate of $500/day, to help us address traumatic stress and racial inequities among Black youth and communities. Dr. Metzger will serve as a member of the Advisory Board and help to ensure that our products, resources and activities are viewed through a cultural equity lens.