Deborah Messecar, R.N., Ph.D., M.P.H.


Associate Professor & Program Director for MNE & MPH
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Road, SN-4S
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 503 494-3573
Fax: 503 494-4678

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I am an ANCC Board Certified Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist. I also have a masters in public health and lead our track at the School of Nursing in the Oregon Master of Public Health Program. Most recently, my research has focused on veterans and their families.


PhD, Major: Gerontological Nursing, Oregon Health & Sciences School of Nursing
MPH, Major: Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Oregon Health & Sciences School of Medicine
MS, Major: Nursing: Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of Portland School of Nursing
BS, Nursing, University of Colorado Health & Science Center


My program of research focuses on family caregiving for chronically ill older adults, and family responses to returning veterans coping with chronic anxiety symptoms.

Practice Activities

I am on the content expert panel convened by ANCC to develop the new Adult Gerontological CNS examination.


Messecar, D. C. Family Caregiver Interventions. In M. Kluger (2012) Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice,4th Edition. New York: Springer.

Messecar, D.C., and Tanner, C.A. Evidence-based practice (2012). In: Joel, L.A. Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials for Role Development (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.

Messecar, D. C., Parker-Walsch, C., & Lindauer, A. Family Caregiving (2010) In V. Hirth Geritrics: A Case-based Approach. Burr Ridge, IL: McGraw-Hill.

Messecar, D.C., and Chorpenning, L., Families in War and Disaster (2010). In: Hanson, S. M.; Gedaly-Duff, V. & Kaakinen, J. R. (in press) Family Health Care Nursing (4th ed.).. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.

Messecar, D. (2010). Family Reintegration Following Guard Deployment Podium presentation. American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO; November 9, 2010.