A.J. METZ portrait
  • Associate Chair, Educational Psychology
  • Director, School Counseling Program, Educational Psychology
  • Associate Professor, Educational Psychology


  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Project: Unique Contributions of Career-Related Variables in Predicting Academic Persistence & Performance
  • M.Ed., Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Dr. Metz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah and serves as the Director of the School Counseling Program.  She earned a M.Ed. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Her research examining motivational and psychosocial factors related to academic and career success in underrepresented and underserved student populations has led to numerous journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations, workshops, and faculty in-service trainings.

Dr. Metz has extensive teaching, counseling, and career advising experience in high schools, community colleges, and four-year public and private institutions of higher education.  She is passionate about mentoring students and recently received the University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award.  She is engaged in community service to promote access and equity in education and serves on a number of state-level advisory boards and task forces to create institutional change as well.