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

  • Portland Campus

    • Associate Professor School of Nursing
    • Co-Program Director, VA Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) Program School of Nursing

I am currently the manager of our Masters of Nursing Education program, 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.

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.


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

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


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.


  • "Commentary" Evidence-based nursing  2002
  • "Guard and reserve spouse separation during the Persian Gulf War" Journal of Family Nursing  1998
  • "Commentary" Evidence-based nursing  1999
  • "Commentary" Evidence-based nursing  1999
  • "The Family preferences index" American Journal of Nursing September 2008
  • "Mammography screening for older women with and without cognitive impairment." Journal of Gerontological Nursing April 2000
  • "Factors affecting caregivers' ability to make environmental modifications." Journal of Gerontological Nursing December 2000
  • "Mentoring geriatric nurse scientists, educators, clinicians, and leaders in the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence" Nursing Outlook July 2006
  • "Mammography decision making in older women with a breast cancer family history" Journal of Nursing Scholarship September 2010
  • "Commentary" Evidence-based nursing  2008
  • "The Family Preferences Index" American Journal of Nursing September 2008
  • "Smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women to prevent low birth weight" Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners April 2001
  • "Commentary" Evidence-based nursing  2000
  • "Commentary" Evidence-based nursing  2009
  • "Growing old with fibromyalgia" Nursing Research January 2013
  • "Cigarette smoking in the Oregon Air National Guard" Military Medicine  2001
  • "Home environmental modification strategies used by caregivers of elders" Research in Nursing and Health October 2002
  • "Feasibility of a virtual health and wellness center for the Oregon Air National Guard" Military Medicine  2002
  • "How frail elders evaluate their caregiver's role enactment" Journal of Family Nursing August 2006
  • "Successful recruiting into geriatric nursing" Nursing Outlook July 2006
  • "Reading statistics in nursing research" The Journal of nursing education May 2003
  • "Rural Women Veterans' Use and Perception of Mental Health Services" Archives of Psychiatric Nursing April 1 2016
  • "Finding their way back in" Military Medicine March 1 2017

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