Position: Assistant Professor in the School of Community Health, College of Urban and Public Affairs, at Portland State University.

Lynne Messer is a social and reproductive / perinatal epidemiologist whose work focuses developing environmental and neighborhood measures to address maternal and child health disparities. Her research interests include women’s and children’s health, social epidemiology, perinatal and reproductive epidemiology and health disparities. Her methodological work includes better-defining neighborhood environments, developing environmental exposure measures for infant mortality 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.


  • PhD, Social and Reproductive/Perinatal Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 2005
  • M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, NC, 1995
  • BS, Community Health Education, University of Oregon; Eugene, OR, 1989

Current Projects: RHIIP, Access to Care, POFO, NC LINK


  • Email: lynne.messer@pdx.edu
  • Phone: (919)613.5462
  • Fax: (919)613.5466
  • Campus Mail: Box 90392
  • Mail: 310 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710