Heather Metz

Heather Metz


  • SWK

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Heather is an Associate Tutor and PhD Researcher in the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on understanding the experiences of nonbinary people accessing mental health services in England and is funded through the South East Network for Social Sciences studentship. She holds a Master of Research Degree from the University of East Anglia, a Master of Social Work Degree from California State University, Monterey Bay, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. 

Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and prior to coming to the University of East Anglia in 2021, she worked as a psychiatric social worker. Her employment history includes providing clinical case management, treatment planning, and therapeutic intervention for individuals and families in mental health settings, as well as administrative work such as training clinicians and implementing/improving team policies and practices. She has worked in mental health settings such as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Department of State Hospitals, Safe Place Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, and the Monterey County Behavioral Health Education and Crisis Teams. 

Heather is also the recipient of the 2015 California Social Work Education Center Research Award for Master of Social Work Students for her research project titled,  "Assessing Trauma in Safe Place Clients: A Descriptive Study."


  • Social Work (General)
  • Mental Health
  • LGBTQ+