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Deborah C. Messecar, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN

  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Co-Program Director, VA Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) Program, School of Nursing
  • Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Assessment, program evaluation and data analysis & synthesis, strategic priorities mapping.  I am currently the Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Co-Director of our VA Nursing Academic Partnership between VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS ) and Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing (OHSU SON) in Portland, Oregon.

Education and training

    • B.S., 1977, University of Colorado Health & Science Center
    • M.S., 1982, University of Portland School of Nursing
    • Ph.D., 1997, Oregon Health & Sciences School of Nursing
    • M.P.H., 1999, Oregon Health & Sciences School of Medicine
  • Certifications

    • A.G.C.N.S.-B.C.
    • G.C.N.S.-B.C.
    • C.N.E.

Areas of interest

  • My gerontology program of research focuses on family caregiving for chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers.
  • I also have done research with veteran populations and have specifically focused on family responses to returning veterans coping with chronic anxiety symptoms.


Selected publications

  • Messecar, D.C., and Tanner, C.A. Evidence-based practice (in press). In: Joel, L.A. Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials for Role Development (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.
  • Messecar, D. (2017). Finding Their Way Back in: Family Reintegration Following Guard Deployment. Military Medicine, 182,266, pp. 266-273.
  • Ingelse, K., & Messecar, D. (2016). Rural Women Veterans' Use and Perception of Mental Health Services. Archives Of Psychiatric Nursing, 30(2), 244-248 5p. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.11.008.
  • Messecar, D. C. Family Caregiver Interventions. In M. Kluger (2016) Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice,5th Edition. New York: Springer.
  • 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. (2010) Family Health Care Nursing (4th ed.).. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.


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