Friends Community Center


Mitch A. Metzner

Mitch A. Metzner
Project Director

Degree: Ph.D., Human Services, Capella University
Phone: 323-463-1601
Fax: 323-463-0126

Research Interests

Dr. Metzner is a public health scientist with a Master’s degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Human Services. His dissertation, “Public Health Policy Implications for HIV Behavioral Risk Reduction Interventions, Unintended Recovery Outcomes among Methamphetamine-Using MSM,” was produced using research collected at the University of California, San Diego, where he contributed to clinical and behavioral epidemiology studies examining HIV and hepatitis C prevention, as well as co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Dr. Metzner’s experience working with HIV began in 1982, influencing his research interests and clinical work in social service, palliative and hospice care. Dr. Metzner has authored and developed HIV prevention education and cultural diversity training materials, instructor trainer print and audiovisual materials, as well as educational videos including Managing Disabilities in the Workplace and a 1991 CINE Golden Eagle Public Health winner, Reasons to Care: The Many Faces of HIV which premiered at the Kennedy Center. He has also provided HIV training for the White House, US Customs and Border Protection, and many other governmental, national and international organizations.

Selected Publications

Garfein, R. S., Rondinelli, A., Barnes, R. F. W., Cuevas, J., Metzner, M., Velasquez, M., Rodriquez, D., Reilly, M., Xing, J., & Teshale, E. H. (2012). HCV infection prevalence lower than expected among 18-40 year-old injection drug users in San Diego, CA. Journal of Urban Health. 2012 Jul 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Pollini, R. A., Banta-Green, C. J., Cuevas-Mota, J., Metzner, M., Teshale, E., & Garfein, R. S. (2011). Problematic use of prescription-type opioids prior to heroin use among young heroin injectors. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 2, 173-180.

Garfein, R. S., Metzner, M., Cuevas, J., Bousman, C, & Patterson, T. (2010). Formative assessment of ARM-U: A modular intervention for decreasing risk behaviors among HIV-positive and HIV-negative methamphetamine-using MSM. Open AIDS Journal, 4, 105-115.