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About Lynne C. Messer

Lynne Messer is a social and reproductive / perinatal epidemiologist whose work focuses on developing environmental and neighborhood measures to address maternal and child health disparities. Her research interests include measurement development, social-environmental conditions, developmental programming and their collective application to women’s and children’s health disparities. Her methodological work includes better-characterizing neighborhood environments, developing socio-environmental exposure indicators for health outcomes and addressing the limits of causal inference in observational studies. She is also interested in the psychosocial mechanisms through which socio-environmental exposures result in health disparities for women and children.


Present Assistant Professor, Portland State University OHSU-PSU School of Public Health


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  • PHE 450 - Epidemiology
  • PHE 522 - Health and Social Inequalities
  • PHE 552 - Women's Health

Health Status (15)

Socioeconomic Factors (4)

Mortality, Premature (5)

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