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About Stephen Messer

Stephen Messer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Messer received his Master's degree in General/Experimental Psychology at East Carolina University and completed his doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi. He completed his internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Messer received three NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Awards: Clinical Research Training for Psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh; Developmental Epidemiology and Mental Health Services Research at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, and; Developmental Psychopathology and Behavior Genetics at the George Washington University and the Children's National Medical Center.
Dr. Messer's clinical work has included services and settings such as consultation to Head Start Centers, group private practice with children and families, specialized medical center units for child and adult anxiety and mood disorders, and state psychiatric hospitals for the chronically mental ill. Prior to coming to the Center for Psychological Studies, Dr. Messer served as Interim Deputy Director for Research, the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and as Director of the Psychiatry Research Section, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Messer teaches core doctoral courses in Research Design, Statistics, and Theories of Measurement, and Research Design and Evaluation in the Mental Health Counseling Master's Program. His clinical research interests are broad and include the development, epidemiology, and treatment of anxiety disorders and their comorbidities. His research team is currently involved in an evaluation of the relative efficacy of psychological treatment vs. pharmacotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) outcomes, using advanced meta-analytic statistical methods, as well as analyses of differential treatment response in combat-related vs. civilian PTSD. Dr. Messer serves as faculty advisor for the CPS Graduate Student Organization "Students United for Returning Veterans" and as a mentor/advisor on numerous Directed Studies, Major Papers, and Dissertations.


2010 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Faculty Advisor, CPS Graduate Student Organization "Students United for Returning Veterans"
Ad-hoc Reviewer, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Peer Reviewer, American Psychological Association Convention Submissions, Division 19 (Military Psychology)
Peer Reviewer, American Psychological Association Convention Submissions, Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)
Member, American Psychological Association Practice Organization
Member, American Psychological Association, Division 12 – Society of Clinical Psychology
Member, American Psychological Association, Division 19 – Society for Military Psychology
Member, American Psychological Association, Division 56 – Division of Trauma Psychology
Fellow, American Psychopathological Association
Member, American Psychopathological Association
Member, Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Cognitive Therapy and Research
Member, Florida Psychological Association (FPA)
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Frontiers in Psychology
Member, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Child and Family Studies
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Ad-hoc Reviewer, Military Psychology
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Honors and Awards

  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Award
  • 2013 American Psychological Association, Division 19 (Military Psychology), American Psychological Association Annual Convention Travel Award, Honolulu, HI
  • 1996 -1997 NIMH National Research Service Awards, The George Washington School of Medicine & Children’s National Medical Center, Departments of Psychiatry
  • 1994-1996 Young Investigator's Award, National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD)
  • 1993-1995 NIMH National Research Service Award
  • 1992-1993 NIMH National Research Service Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1992 Student Research Award, American Psychological Association, Division 12-Section 1
  • 1991 Dissertation Fellowship Award, American Psychological Association
  • 1990 Student Travel Award, American Psychological Society Graduate
  • 1990 President's Award in Psychotherapy Research paper competition, American Psychological Association, Division 29 (Psychotherapy)
  • 1990 Graduate Student Excellence Award, Department of Psychology Faculty, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
  • 1988-1991 Research Travel Awards, University of Mississippi, Graduate Student, Oxford, Mississippi
  • 1987 Outstanding Young Men of America
  • 1979-1981 Dean's List, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1977-1980 Academic Honors Scholarships, News and Observer Publishing Company, Raleigh, North Carolina


1992 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi
1987 M.A., General/Experimental Psychology, East Carolina University
1984 B.S., Horticultural Science & Landscape Design, North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Contact Information

(954) 262-5792


Articles (34)

Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Stephen C. Messer