Lyndsey M. Miller, Ph.D., R.N.

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
  • Early Career Investigator, ORCATECH, School of Medicine


Lyndsey Miller, Ph.D., R.N. is Assistant Professor at the OHSU School of Nursing, and an early career investigator focused on interpersonal relationships and behaviors in older adult couples and their impact on health and well-being. Dr. Miller joined OHSU in 2018 after completing an interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Utah.


  • B.S.N., 2007, New York University
  • Ph.D., 2016, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Fellowship:

    • Post-Doctoral Fellowship (T32) in Interdisciplinary Aging and Family Health Research, University of Utah (2016-2018)

Honors and awards

  • 2014, Hartford Award for Research and Practice, SoN, OHSU
  • 2015, Dean’s Award for Dissertation Research, SoN, OHSU
  • 2016, Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher, Western Institute of Nursing
  • 2016, Carol A. Lindeman Award for Excellence in Nursing, Innovative Leadership, and Vision for Health Care, PhD Graduating Class, OHSU
  • 2019, NIH/NIA Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award
  • 2019-2023, NIH/NIA Mentored Early Career Research Scientist (K01) Award

Memberships and associations

  • Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART)
  • Western Institute of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Psi Chapter
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA: Behavioral & Social Sciences Section)

Areas of interest

  • Dementia: decision making, care values, care planning
  • Family caregiving: relationship quality, indicators of caregiver strain, bereavement
  • Dyadic analysis: incongruence, behavioral interdependence
  • Behavioral biomarkers and intensive longitudinal data


Selected publications

  • Miller, L.M., Dieckmann, N.F., Mattek, N.C., Lyons, K.S., & Kaye, J.A. (2014) Social activity decreases risk of placement in a long-term care facility for a prospective sample of community-dwelling older adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 7(3), 106-112. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20140110-02. PubMed PMID: 24444452; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4040300
  • Miller, L.M., Lyons, K.S., & Bennett, J.A. (2015) Incongruent perceptions of pain and physical function among families living with lung cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(9), 2755-2762. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-015-2640-x; PubMed PMID: 25669967.
  • Lyons, K.S., Miller, L.M., McCarthy, M.J. (2016) The roles of dyadic appraisal and coping in couples with lung cancer. Journal of Family Nursing, 22(4), 493-514. DOI: 10.1177/1074840716675976. PubMed PMID: 27803239; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5405735.
  • Miller, L.M., Whitlatch, C.J., & Lyons, K.S. (2016) Shared decision making in dementia: A review of patient and family carer involvement. Dementia, 15(5), 1141-1157. DOI: 10.1177/1471301214555542. PubMed PMID: 25370075
  • Miller, L.M., Whitlatch, C.J., Lee, C.S., & Lyons, K.S. (2018) Incongruent perceptions of the care values of hospitalized persons with dementia: A pilot study of patient-family caregiver dyads. Aging & Mental Health, 22(4), 489-496. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1280766. PMID: 28128641. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5529266.
  • Miller, L.M., Lee, C.S., Whitlatch, C.J., & Lyons, K.S. (2018) Involvement of hospitalized persons with dementia in everyday decisions: A dyadic study. The Gerontologist, 58(4), 644-653. DOI:10.1093/geront/gnw265. PMID: 28379352. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6044333
  • Miller, L.M., Whitlatch, C.J., Lee, C.S., & Caserta, M.S. (2019) Care values in dementia: Patterns of perception and incongruence among family care dyads. The Gerontologist, 59(3), 509-518. DOI:10.1093/geront/gny008. 
  • Miller, L.M., Kaye, J.A., Lyons, K.S., Lee, C.S., Whitlatch, C.J., & Caserta, M.S. (2019) Well-being in dementia: A cross-sectional dyadic study of the impact of multiple dimensions of strain on persons living with dementia and their family care partners. International Psychogeriatrics, 31(5), 617-626. DOI:10.1017/S104161021800203X. PMID: 30722800
  • Au-Yeung, W. T. M., Miller, L.M., Beattie, Z., Dodge, H. H., Reynolds, C., Vahia, I., & Kaye, J. (2020). Sensing a problem: Proof of concept for characterizing and predicting agitation. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 6(1). doi:10.1002/trc2.12079
  • Miller, L. M., Utz, R. L., Supiano, K., Lund, D., & Caserta, M. S. (2020). Health profiles of spouse caregivers: The role of active coping and the risk for developing prolonged grief symptoms. Social Science & Medicine, 266. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113455


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