Christina Metcalf, MA

Christina is a 5th year Clinical Psychology PhD student specializing in women’s mental health at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has several years of experience as both a therapist and researcher of empirically supported treatments.

Clinically, Christina has experience in a range of psychotherapy modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has worked with people experiencing a wide variety of different challenges, such as depression; anxiety and trauma; insomnia; grief and loss; interpersonal problems; and adjustment to life circumstances, among other struggles. Christina has worked as a therapist with individuals, couples, and groups.

Regarding research, Christina is committed to increasing access to evidence-based care; improving treatment quality; better understanding mechanisms of treatment; and determining which treatments work for whom. She is especially passionate about increasing research in these areas as they apply to pregnant and postpartum women and families specifically. As a researcher, Christina is also dedicated to decreasing barriers that prevent people from connecting with the mental health care services, including stigma and practical challenges. She is a member of the CREST research lab and is mentored by Dr. Sona Dimidjian.

Outside the therapy room and school, Christina enjoys mountaineering, swimming, baking, and exploring Colorado.


PhD Candidate Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder

MA Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder

BA Psychology, Williams College


Postpartum Support International

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology

Association for Psychological Science

Society for the Psychology of Women

Graduate Women in Science


Metcalf, C. A., Arch, J.A., & Greer, J.A. (2017). Anxiety and its correlates among young adults with a history of parental cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 1-17.

Dimidjian, S., Goodman, S. H., Sherwood, N. E., Simon, G., Ludman, E., Gallop, R., Welch, S. S., Boggs, J. M., Metcalf, C.A., Hubley, S., Powers, J. D., & Beck, A. (2016). A pragmatic randomized clinical trial of behavioral activation for depressed pregnant women. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(1), 26-36.

Kaiser, R., Andrews-Hanna, J., Metcalf, C.A., & Dimidjian, S. (2015). Dwell or decenter? Rumination and decentering predict working memory updating after interpersonal criticism. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39(6), 744-753.

Metcalf, C.A., & Dimidjian, S. (2014). Extensions and mechanisms of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: A review of the evidence. Australian Psychologist, 49(5), 271-279.

Boggs, J.M., Beck, A., Jennifer Felder, J.N., Dimidjian, S., Metcalf, C.A., Segal, Z. (2014). From in person to online:  Patient experiences with Mindful Mood Balance – a web-based program for depression relapse prevention. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(3), 332-343.

Bui, E., Rodgers, R., Simon, N.M., Jehel, L. Metcalf, C.A., Birmes, P., & Schmitt, L. (2013). Body piercings and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in young adults. Stress and Health, 29(1), 70-74.

Hoge, E.A., Bui, T.H., Marques, L.M., Metcalf, C.A., Morris, L.K., Robinaugh, D.R., Worthington, J.J., Pollack, M.H., & Simon, N.M. (2013). Randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation for generalized anxiety disorder: Effects on anxiety and resilience. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74(8), 786-792.

Hoge, E.A., Chen, M.M., Orr, E., Metcalf, C.A., Fischer, L.E., Pollack, M.H., DeVivo, I., & Simon, N.M. (2013). Loving-kindness meditation practice associated with longer telomeres in women. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 32, 159-163.

Hoge, E.A., Hözel, B., Marques, L.M., Metcalf, C.A., Brach, N., Lazar, S.W., & Simon, N.M. (2013). Mindfulness and self-compassion in generalized anxiety disorder: Examining predictors of disability. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Hoge, E.A., Lawson, E.A., Metcalf, C.A., Keshaviah, A., Zak, P.J., Pollack, M.H., Simon, N.M. (2012). Plasma oxytocin immunoreactive products and response to trust in patients with social anxiety disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 29(11), 924-930.