Dr. Stacie Metz

Dr. Stacie Metz


Stacie Metz, PhD, MPH, MSW, MA serves in the Department of Health as Professor and MPH Program Director and Graduate Coordinator since 2020. She earned her doctorate in Public Health Studies - Health Services Research from Saint Louis University in 2006 where she worked as a program evaluator and analyst for a variety of chronic disease and community health projects. At WCU, her primary MPH teaching responsibilities lie in community health practice and program evaluation. She is a strong proponent of interprofessional community engagement and collaborates on a range of projects, presentations, and publications with colleagues, community partners, students, and alumni.


  • Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, Ph.D. Public Health Studies – Health Services Research, 2006
  • Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, MPH in Community Health and MSW in Health, 2004
  • Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland, MA, Psychology – Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology, 1999
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA, Psychology, 1995

Research Interests

Her research interests include adolescent mental health and social-emotional learning, health promotion in young adult populations, curricular design, and program evaluation. She trains MPH students on community-based program evaluation techniques and has successfully collaborated with several MPH students in critical data management activities and in the development of grant funder evaluation reports such as for the Brandywine Health Foundation and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Public Health Courses Taught

  • HEA 100 Dimensions of Wellness
  • HEA 106 Death & Dying
  • HEA 242 Introduction to Public & Community Health
  • HEA 330 Health Behavior
  • HEA 341 Chronic & Communicable Diseases
  • HEA 410 Mental Health
  • HEA 419 Research Methods in Health Sciences
  • HEA 526 Biostatistics in Public Health
  • HEA 531 Community as a Basis for Health
  • HEA 538 Evaluation of Health Programs
  • HEA 550 Evidence Based Medicine & Public Health
  • HEA 581 Special Topics: Advanced Biostatistical Methods
  • HEA 648 Research Methods in Public Health
  • HEA 649/650 Applied Learning Experience I/II


  • Quzack, L. E. (MSW student), Picard, G. (MSW student), Metz, S. M. & Chiarelli-Helminiak, C. M. (under review). A social work education grounded in human rights. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work Special Edition on Field Education.
  • Heiman, D. M., Ferguson, A., & Metz, S. M. (2019, Summer). Youth Mental Health First Aid: Working to prevent youth suicide in Chester County. Pennsylvania County News: County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, pp. 35-43.
  • Heinerichs, S., Gilboy, M. B., Metz, S., Reed, M. A., & Harrison, B. E. (2016). Community engagement with older adults to evaluate interprofessional education in allied healthcare students. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 16(1), 1-6.
  • Broderick, P. C., & Metz, S. M. (2016). Working on the inside: Mindfulness for adolescents. In K. Schonert-Reichl & R. W. Roeser (Eds.), Handbook of Mindfulness Education: Emerging Theory, Research, and Programs, Chapter 22. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Brenner, J., Metz, S. M., & Entriken. J. (2014). Alcohol-related unintentional injury among collegiate athletes. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 6(5), 228-236. doi: 10.3928/19425864-20140916-04
  • Brenner, J., Metz, S. M., Entriken, J., & Brenner, C. (2014). Experience and attitudes of collegiate athletic trainers regarding alcohol-related unintentional injury in athletes. Journal of Athletic Training, 49(1), 83-88. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-48.6.02
  • Frank, J. L., Reibel, D., Broderick, P. C., Cantrell, T., & Metz, S. M. (2013). The effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction on educator stress and well-being: Results from a pilot study. Mindfulness, published first online October 6, 2013. doi: 10.1007/s12671-013-0246-2
  • Metz, S. M., Frank, J. L., Reibel, D., Cantrell, T., Sanders, R., & Broderick, P. C. (2013). The effectiveness of the Learning to BREATHE program on adolescent emotion regulation: Results from a pilot study. Research in Human Development, 10(3), 252-272. doi: 10.1080/15427609.2013.818488
  • Thomas, C. M., Ehret, A., Ellis, B., Colon-Shoop, S., Linton, J., & Metz, S. M. (2010). Perception of nurse caring, skills, and knowledge based on appearance. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(11 November):489-497. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181f88b48
  • Brenner J. W., Metz, S. M., & Brenner, C. J. (2009). Campus Involvement, perceived campus connection, and alcohol use in college athletes. Journal of Drug Education, 39(3 Summer), 303-320. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-48.6.02
  • Metz, S. M., & Raval, M. (2009). Predictors of health education and nonmedication treatment in adult outpatients with diagnosed cardiac conditions. Preventive Cardiology, 12(3 Summer), 144-148. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7141.2009.00035.x
  • DeRigne, L., Porterfield, S., & Metz, S. M. (2009). The influence of health insurance on parent reported unmet mental health needs of children. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 13(2 Mar), 176-186. doi: 10.1007/s10995-008-0346-0
  • Broderick, P. C., & Metz, S. M. (2009). Learning to BREATHE: A pilot trial of a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 2(1 Jan), 35-46.
  • Wyrwich, K. W., Metz, S. M., Kroenke, K., Tierney, W. M., Babu, A. N., & Wolinsky, F. D. (2007). Triangulating patient and clinician perspectives on clinically important differences in health-related quality of life among patients with heart disease. Health Services Research, 42(6): 2257-2274. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.00733.x
  • Metz, S. M., Wyrwich KW, Babu, A. N., Kroenke, K., Tierney, W. M., Wolinsky, F. D. (2007). Validity of patient-reported health-related quality of life global ratings of change using structural equation modeling. Quality of Life Research, 16(7): 1193-1202. doi: 10.1007/s11136-007-9225-1\
  • Wyrwich KW, Metz, S. M., Kroenke, K., Tierney, W. M., Babu, A. N., & Wolinsky, F. D. (2007). Measuring patient and clinician perspectives to evaluate change in health-related quality of life among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22(2), 161-170. doi: 10:1007/s11606-006-0063-6
  • Metz, S. M., Wyrwich, K. W., Babu, A. N., Kroenke, K., Tierney, W. M., & Wolinsky, F. D. (2006). A comparison of traditional and Rasch cut points for assessing clinically important change in health-related quality of life in patients with asthma. Quality of Life Research, 15(10):1639-1649. doi: 10.1007/s11136-006-0036-6
  • Wyrwich, K. W., Metz, S. M., Kroenke, K., Tierney, W. M., Babu, A. N., & Wolinsky, F. D. (2006). Interpreting quality of life data: Methods for community consensus in asthma. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 96(6): 826-833. doi: 10.1016/S1081-1206(10)61345-2
  • Wolinsky, F. D., Wyrwich, K. W., Metz, S. M., Babu, A. N., Tierney, W. M., & Kroenke, K. (2004). Test-retest reliability of the Mirowsky-Ross 2 x 2 index of the sense of control. Psychological Reports, 94(2), 725-732. doi: 10.2466/pr0.94.2.725-732
  • Wyrwich, K. W., Metz, S. M., Babu, A. N., Kroenke, K., Tierney, W. M., Wolinsky, F. D. (2002). The reliability of retrospective change assessments. Quality of Life Research, 11(7), 636.
  • Kolakowsky, S.A., Hoffman, B., Metz, S. M., & Parente, R. (1999). The effects and efficacy of cognitive enhancing substances in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Neurorehabilitation, 12(3), 187-200.
  • Metz, S. M., & Hoffman, B. (1997). Mind operated devices. Cognitive Technology, 2, 69 74.


  • American Public Health Association (APHA) – Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section
  • PA Public Health Association (PPHA)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • PA Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW-PA) – NASW-PA Conference Planning Committee, Aging Symposium Conference Planning Committee
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • PA Chapter, Society of Public Health Education (PA SOPHE)
  • Trauma Informed Practices in Schools Chester County Workgroup, Office for Safe Schools, PA Department of Education
  • West Chester University Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • West Chester University Graduate Council
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