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Stephen C. Messer, Ph.D.

Stephen Messer
Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty, Department of Clinical and School Psychology
(954) 262-5792
Office: Maltz 1073


  • Ph.D. University of Mississippi
  • M.A. East Carolina University
  • B.S. North Carolina State University

Professional Interests

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.

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