Carol W. Metzler, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

Ph.D., 1990
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Clinical Psychology

M.A., 1985
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Psychology

B.A., 1983
California State University, Northridge
Psychology, Spanish Minor

Carol Metzler, PhD, is a Senior Scientist and the Science Director at Oregon Research Institute, in Eugene, Oregon. As a scientist at ORI, she conducts research on parenting practices and child development, and evaluates the efficacy of family interventions for reducing or preventing behavior problems in children. She is particularly interested in research on promoting a public health framework for improving parenting practice and in evaluating the effects of delivering parenting information through non-clinical media-based approaches. She is currently involved in projects to develop and evaluate media-based approaches to providing parents of young children with parenting education and support, through video and the internet. In addition, Dr. Metzler is also engaged in efforts to summarize what is known about evidence-based programs for children and families and to investigate how these programs can be effectively moved into practice through better integration of science, practice, and policy. As Science Director at ORI, Dr. Metzler works to build awareness of the research done at ORI and to build collaborative partnerships between ORI and other research and practice entities.

Current Projects

Online vs Staff Delivery: Child & Family Outcomes, Cost Analysis and Satisfaction

PROJECT PERIOD

09/05/13 - 08/31/18

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Carol Metzler, Ron Prinz

Co-Investigators
Julie Rusby

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Evaluating an Online Parenting Support System Disseminated by Pediatric Practices

PROJECT PERIOD

04/01/13 - 03/31/18

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Carol Metzler

Co-Investigators
Julie Rusby

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Student Self-Management System

PROJECT PERIOD

07/01/11 - 06/30/14

FUNDING AGENCY

United States Department of Education

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Barbara Gunn

Co-Investigators
Carol Metzler

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Improving Access to Early Parent Education and Support

PROJECT PERIOD

07/01/09 - 06/30/13

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Carol Metzler

Co-Investigators
Laura Backen Jones, John Seeley

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Publications

Eddy, J. M, Martinez, C. R., Jr., Metzler, C. W., & Heyman, R. E. (in press). Environmental influences: Family. In Z. Sloboda & H. Petras (Eds.), Advances in prevention science. New York, NY: Springer.

Leslie, L. K., Mehus, C. J., Hawkins, J. D., Boat, T., McCabe, M. A., Barkin, S., . . . Beardslee, W. (2016). Primary Health Care: Potential Home for Family-Focused Preventive Interventions. Am J Prev Med, 51, S106-S118. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.05.014

Abstract or Full Text

Rusby, J. C., Metzler, C. W., Sanders, M. R., & Crowley, R. (2015). Emulating real-life situations with a play task to observe parenting skills and child behaviors. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 201-210.

Abstract or Full Text

Love, S. N., Sanders, M. R., Metzler, C. W., & Prinz, R. J. (2013). Enhancing accessibility and engagement in evidence-based parenting programs to reduce maltreatment: Conversations with vulnerable parents. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(1), 20–38.

Metzler, C. W., Sanders, M. R., & Rusby, J. C. (2013). Multiple levels and modalities of measurement in a population-based approach to improving parenting. In A. Booth & S. M. McHale (Series Eds.), & S. McHale, P. Amato, & A. Booth (Vol. Eds.), National Symposium on Family Issues: Emerging methods in family research (pp. 197-214). New York, NY: Springer.

Metzler, C. W., Eddy, M. J., & Lichtenstein, D. P. (2013). Prevention approaches aimed at individuals. In B. S. McCrady & E. E. Epstein (Eds.), Addictions: A comprehensive guidebook (2nd ed., pp. 555-572)). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Metzler, C.W., Sanders, M.R., Rusby, J.C., & Crowley, R. (2012). Using consumer preference information to increase the reach and impact of media-based parenting interventions in a public health approach to parenting support. Behavior Therapy, 43, 257-270. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2011.05.004

Abstract or Full Text

Metzler, C. W., Biglan, A., Embry, D. D., Sprague, J. R., Boles, S. M., & Kavanagh, K. A. (2008). Improving the  well-being of adolescents in Oregon. Eugene, OR: Center on Early Adolescence, Oregon Research Institute.

Rusby, J.C., Forrester, K.K., Biglan, A., & Metzler, C.W. (2005). Relationships between peer harassment and adolescent problem behaviors. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25(4), 453-477.

Sheeber, L., Biglan, A., Metzler, C.M., & Taylor, TK. (2002). Promoting effective parenting practices. In L.S. Jason & D. Glenwick: Innovative strategies for promoting health and mental health across the life span. (pp. 63-84). New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Metzler, C.W., Biglan, A., Rusby, J.C, & Sprague, J. (2001). Evaluation of a comprehensive behavior management program to improve school-wide positive behavior support. Education and Treatment of Children, 24(4), 448-79.

Metzler, C.W., Biglan, A., Ary, D.V., & Noell, J. (2000). A randomized controlled trial of a behavioral intervention to reduce high-risk sexual behavior among adolescents in STD clinics. Behavior Therapy, 31, 27-54.

Ary, D. V., Duncan, T. E., Biglan, A., Metzler, C. W., Noell, J. W., & Smolkowski, K. (1999). Development of adolescent problem behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 27, 141-150.

Irvine, A. B., Biglan, A., Smolkowski, K., Metzler, C. W., & Ary, D. V. (1999). The effectiveness of a parenting skills program for parents of middle school students in small communities. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 811-825.

Metzler, C. W., Taylor, T.K., Gunn, B., Fowler, R.C., Biglan, T., & Ary, D. (1998). A comprehensive approach to the prevention of behavior problems: Integrating effective practices to strengthen behavior management programs in schools. Effective School Practices, 17(2), 8-24.

Biglan, A., & Metzler, C.W. (1998). A public health perspective for research on family-focused interventions In: Drug abuse prevention through family interventions. Ashery, R.S., Robertson, E.B., and Kumpfer, K.L. (eds.). NIDA Research Monograph 177 (pp. 430 458). NIH Publication NO. 99-4135. Washington, DC: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

McMahon, R.J., & Metzler, C.W. (1998). Selecting parenting measures for assessing family-based preventive interventions. In R. Ashery, E. B. Robertson, & K. Kumpfer (Eds.), Research meeting on drug abuse prevention through family interventions. NIDA Research Monograph 177 (pp. 294-323), NIH Publication NO. 99-4135, Washington, DC: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Metzler, C.W., Biglan, A., Ary, D.V., & Li, F. (1998). The stability and validity of early adolescents' reports of parenting practices constructs. Journal of Family Psychology, 12, 1-21.

Biglan, T., Metzler, C. W., Fowler, R. C., Gunn, B., Taylor, T. K., Rusby, J., & Irvine, B. (1997). Improving childrearing in America’s communities. In P. A. Lamal (Ed.), Cultural contingencies: Behavioral analytic perspectives on cultural practices (pp. 185-213). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Irvine, A. B., Biglan, A., Duncan, T., & Metzler, C. W. (1996). Benefits and barriers for volunteer leaders of a parent training program. Family Community Health 18(4), 20-32.

Biglan, A., Noell, J., Ochs, L., Smolkowski, K., & Metzler, C. W. (1995). Does sexual coercion play a role in the high-risk sexual behavior of adolescent and young adult women? Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 18, 549-568.

Metzler, C., Noell, J., Biglan, A., Ary, D., & Smolkowski, K. (1994). The social context for risky sexual behavior among adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17, 419-438.

Noell, J., Biglan, A., Berendt, J., Ochs, L., Metzler, C., Ary, D., & Smolkowski, K. (1993). Problematic sexual situations for adolescents. Health Values, 17(6), 40-49.

Experience

1/13-present
Science Director,
Oregon Research Institute

1/13-present
Senior Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute

8/93-present
Research Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute

8/90-8/93
Research Associate, Adjunct Research Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute

1/90-8/90
Research Programmer/Analyst,
Oregon Research Institute

9/88-8/89
Psychology Intern,
Palo Alto VA Medical Center; Palo Alto, CA

6/87-6/88
Psychology Trainee,
University of Oregon Psychology Clinic, Eugene, OR

9/86-5/88
Diagnostic Interviewer, Treatment Group Leader,
Oregon Research Institute

9/86-6/87
Psychology Trainee,
Oregon Marital Studies Program, University of Oregon

9/85-8/86
Community Psychology Consultant,
University of Oregon Prevention and Rural Outreach Program

9/84-8/85
Psychology Trainee,
University of Oregon Psychology Clinic