Research Professor and Director
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
HIV Prevention Research Division
Department of Psychiatry bio page
David Metzger, Ph.D. is Research Professor and Director of the HIV Prevention Research Division in the Department of Psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Metzger is currently the Co-Director of the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center and Director of its Developmental Core. He is Director of the Prevention Science and Community Engement Core of the Penn Center for AIDS Research and the Co-Director of the Prevention Clinical Research Site of the Penn Clinical Trials Unit funded by NIAID. He began conducting research on the efficacy of substance abuse treatment in 1978. Since 1989, he and colleagues from the HIV Prevention Research Division have been conducting AIDS related longitudinal trials among individuals at high risk of infection as well as those living with HIV. Dr. Metzger’s research division has developed innovative community-based strategies for recruiting and retaining individuals into prospective research and clinical trials of biomedical and behavioral prevention interventions. He has led HIV prevention and treatment studies on agonist treatments and counseling strategies for opioid injectors in Philadelphia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. An overarching objective of his work has been to provide valid and reliable data that can increase understanding of the public health impact of participation in substance abuse treatment. Currently, his work involves studies focused on understand the intersecting opioid and HIV epidemics in the US and testing strategies for the integration of the treatments for substance use disorders within HIV treatment and primary care settings.