Meet Our Staff
Christina M. Warner-Metzger, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Trauma-Directed Interaction (TDITM) Co-Developer
CARE Co-Developer | iCARE Collaborative Trainer
PCIT International Certified Global Trainer
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Founder, EPIC LLC
I'm a Midwesterner by birth and by rite, with an incredible work ethic and down-to-earth approach. It's no wonder I feel most at home in the "city of broad shoulders." While Chicago is my chosen home, my journey has taken me from my formative years in Missouri, to graduate school in Oklahoma, and early career in Memphis, Tennessee. Along the way, I attained my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University, with a focus on working with children and families. I also gained valuable training and mentorship during my predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tennessee Professional Psychology Internship Consortium. These experiences allowed me to develop specialties in working with the child welfare system and developmental disabilities populations.
In addition to my work at EPIC LLC, and with a focus on training culturally humble and socially responsible professionals, I have directed Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and early childhood assessment programs at university affiliated medical centers and outpatient community mental health clinics for the better part of two decades. I proudly serve as 1 of 21 PCIT International Certified Global Trainers worldwide and am a Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) co-developer and iCARE Collaborative Trainer, which provides me with clinical expertise in PCIT and CARE training and dissemination. I am also the co-developer of Trauma-Directed Interaction (TDI), an adaptation of PCIT to better serve young children and families with trauma sequelae.
My experience as an expert trainer and consultant on institutional, regional, federal, and international grant-funded projects has spanned the greater part of the past decade and propelled dissemination and implementation efforts across the United States, as well as Indonesia and Australia. As an extension of my systems knowledge, I am experienced using the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Collaborative model to incorporate senior leaders and administrators in creating sustainable practices. I have contributed to numerous peer-reviewed and invited presentations at national and international conferences, as well as authored peer-reviewed journal articles, government publications, and edited book chapters. My previous clinical work in Memphis and current work in Chicago has focused on serving urban populations experiencing economic and racial marginalization.
My clinical, consultation, and research interests include:
Systems Development & Evaluation
Anti-Oppressive Practices in Clinical Implementation & Training
Underserved & Marginalized Populations
Barriers to Treatment Participation
Developmental Disabilities (DD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Disruptive Behavior Disorders