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DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Director, PhD Program
College of Nursing

E-mail: deanne.messias@sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-8423; 803-777-4009
Fax: 803-777-9114
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College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 304 
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States

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Messias CV

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Background

Dr. Messias received a BA in Latin American Studies, with High Honors and Distinction from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL in 1969.  She completed her BS in Nursing with Highest Distinction in 1980 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  In 1988 Dr. Messias received an MS in Community Health Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN.  Her PhD in Nursing was completed in 1997 at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr. Messias holds a joint appointment with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/wgst/) and is an Affiliate Faculty with the Latin American Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.walkerinstitute.sc.edu/lasp/).

Teaching

Dr. Messias has taught the following courses during her time at the University of South Carolina:

Research and Methods
NURS 800                              Philosophy of Nursing Science 
NURS 803                              Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research 
NURS 898                              Research Internship
WGST 702                              Feminist Epistemologies and Methodologies

Community Health/Women’s Health
NURS 720                              Public Health Residency   
NURS/WGST 736                   Women, Work, & Health: Global Perspectives      
WGST 796                              Women’s Health Seminar

Community Engagement/Community Activism
WGST 404                              Community Activism 
WGST 716                              Women’s Studies Workshop

Vulnerable Populations
NURS 505/LASP 399              Caring for Limited English Proficient Patients  

Research (Concept Areas)

Language access
Limited-English-Proficiency (LEP)
Language isolation
Cultural and linguistic competency
Poverty
Community Health Workers
Community-Based Participatory Research

Immigrant health, language access issues, women’s health, and community-based research are areas of expertise and interest. Completed research includes studies of  Brazilian immigrant women’s transnational health practices; Latinas’ experiences of accessing cancer prevention services; the health implications of Latinos’ responses to and experiences during Hurricane Katrina; and the development, testing, and dissemination of the Language for Healthcare Access initiative, an  innovative, community-based English language curriculum designed to improve healthcare access knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy among limited English proficient, recently immigrated Spanish speakers. Dr. Messias has designed and tested several Community Health Worker (CHW) interventions with Hispanic/Latino populations in South Carolina and Texas.

Dissemination - Presentations since 2010

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Sorum, M. & Hardin, C. (2012). Challenges and Lessons Learned: The Context and Work of Latina Initiative Promotoras in the South Carolina Midlands. International Council of Women's Health Issues Biennial Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, November 14 – 16, 2012. (Poster)

Duggan, L. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2012). First Pregnancy among Low-Income Women in South Carolina, USA: A Cycle of Multiple Unexpected Transitions. International Council of Women's Health Issues Biennial Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, November 14 – 16, 2012. (Oral presentation)

Sorum, M. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2012). The Complexities of Health and Migration: Nicaraguan Women's Narratives of Violence and Ill-Health while Working in Costa Rica. International Council of Women's Health Issues Biennial Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, November 14 – 16, 2012. (Poster)

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Parra-Medina, D., Sharpe, P. A., Salinas, J. & Morales-Campos, D. (2012). ENLACE: A Promotora-Delivered Community-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Mexican-Origin Latinas. 140th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 27-31, 2012. (Oral presentation)

Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., Hilfinger Messias, D.K., Brandt, H.M. & Walseman, K. M. (2012). Sustaining community health programs delivered by promotores de salud: Program planners' perspectives and experiences. 140th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 27-31, 2012. (Oral presentation)

Messias, D. K. H. (2012). Enhancing Personal Cultural Awareness. Select Health Employee Training Sessions, October – December, 2012.

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Fore, M. E., & Meetze, E. G. (2012). Navegantes para Salud: Improving Health Care Access and Utilization among Hispanic Women and Children. 13th Annual Historically Black colleges and Universities and Hispanic Health Services Research Conference, "Innovative Intervention Strategies Across the Lifespan." September 13, 2012, Winston Salem State University Winston Salem, NC. (Podium presentation)

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Parra-Medina, D., Morales-Campos, D. Y. (2012) Social, cultural, Economic, and Environmental Perspectives on Participation in Leisure-time Physical Activity among Mexican-Origin Latinas in the South Carolina Midlands and Texas Border Communities. Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Annual Institute, June 9, 2012, Portland, OR. (Podium presentation)

Messias, D. K. H. (2012). Cultural Competence In Victim Services. Meeting the Needs of Underserved Survivors of Sexual Violence. Newberry, SC, March 30, 2012. (Podium presentation)

Messias, D. K. H. (2012). Community Promotoras and Cancer Awareness and Prevention. New Currents in Critical Southern Legacies, University of South Carolina Women's and Gender Studies Conference, March 16, 2012. (Panel presentation)

Weber, L., Messias, D. K. H. & Eaddy, H. (2012). Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in the Health of a Southern Urban Community in Transition: Findings from the Women's Well-Being Initiative. New Currents in Critical Southern Legacies, University of South Carolina women's and Gender Studies Conference, March 16, 2012. (Panel presentation)

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Parra-Medina, D., Sharpe, P. A., Treviño, L., Koskan, A. M., & Morales-Campos, D. (2012). Assessing the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Engaging Promotoras de Salud as Participatory Researchers: Roles, Responsibilities, and Contributions in the ENLACE Multi-Site, Randomized Controlled Trial. Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Xi Chapter Mary Ann Parson Lecture, February 10, 2012. (Podium presentation).

Messias, D. K. H. & Sorum, M. (2012). Lessons Learned from the Latina Initiative. 2012 South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration Conference, Pawley's Island, SC. January 27, 2012. (Workshop).

Duggan, L. & Messias, D. K. H., (2011). Transition to Motherhood in First Time Low Income Mothers in South Carolina. Carolina Women's Health Research Forum, University of South Carolina, November 4, 2011. (poster)

Meetze, E. G., Richter, D., Messias, D., Torres, M. & Annang, L. (2011). Provision of the HIV test to prenatal Latina patients in South Carolina. Carolina Women's Health Research Forum, University of South Carolina, November 4, 2011. (poster)
Also presented at the 4th Annual South Carolina Hispanic Roundtable on HIV/AIDS, April 27, 2012, Columbia, SC

Messias, D. K. H. (2011). Language, Culture, and Migration: Implications for Health Care. Panel presentation, USC Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Amigos del Buen Samaritano, University of South Carolina, September 28, 2011

Meetze, E. G., Messias, D., Richter, D., Torres, M., & Annang, L. (2011). Prenatal Care Providers' Interactions with Latina Patients: Persistent Communication Barriers and Gaps. National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, August, 2011.
Also presented at the 4th Annual South Carolina Hispanic Roundtable on HIV/AIDS, April 27, 2012, Columbia, SC

Messias, D. K. H. (2011). Promotores de Salud: Roles, Expectations, and Contributions to the Community: Experiences from the South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition. Quarterly Meeting, Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, July 19, 2011. (invited podium presentation).

Meetze, E. G., Richter, D., Messias, D., Torres, M. & Annang, L. (2011). Provision of the HIV test to prenatal Latina patients in South Carolina. Health Equity in the 21st Century: Saving the Next Generation. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, April 28-29, 2011. (poster)

Messias, D. K. H. & Walton, A. How do I work with immigrant victims of crime? Cultural Competency Workshop, 24th Annual Victims' Rights Week Conference, Columbia, SC, April 13, 2011.

Messias, D. K. H. & Walton, A. How do I communicate with an immigrant victim of crime? Language Interpretation Workshop, 24th Annual Victims' Rights Week Conference, Columbia, SC, April 13, 2011.

Messias, D. K. H. & Walton, A. Campus-Community Partnership: South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition and the University of South Carolina. Community Engaged Scholars Program, Center for Community Health Partnerships, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, April 8, 2011.

Deborah Parra-Medina, DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, Jennifer Salinas, Daisy Morales-Campos, and Patricia Sharpe. ENLACE: Preliminary findings from a multi-site community-based physical activity intervention. 11th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Scientific Meeting, Hilton Head, SC, March 20-23, 2011. (poster) 

Professional, University, and Community Service 

Dr. Messias is a Member of the Editorial Boards of Aquichán, Family and Community Health, the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and is an editorial consultant for the Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem.  She regularly reviews for Advances in Nursing Science, Family and Community Health, Health Care for Women International, the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Journal of Poverty, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Sex Roles, and Public Health Nursing.

2012 – present Member, SC Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Worker Task Force, Health Access at the Right Time (HeART) initiative.

2012-present Member, South Carolina Coalition for Healthy Families

2012 English language abstract editor, International Council on Women's Health Issues Biennial Congress, Bangkok, Thailand

2011-present Chair, Expert Panel Task Force on Undocumentedness and Health. American Academy of Nursing

2011 –present Chair, South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition Elected

2011-present Member, Cultural Competency Community Advisory Committee, Select Health of South Carolina

2011-present Member, Hispanic/Latino Volunteer Leadership Advisory Group. American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division

2011- 2012 Member, Prevention and Disparities Workgroup, South Carolina Healthcare Voices, South Carolina Public Health Institute

Grant Reviewer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, P01 Clinical Prevention Research Center Proposals, July 20-21, 2011

External Reviewer, Tenure File, Full Professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, August 2011

External Reviewer, Tenure File, Full Professor, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 2011

Grant Reviewer, National Institutes of Health, Special Emphasis Panel/Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy, June 24, 2011

Invited Abstract Reviewer, Women’s Caucus, American Public Health Association, 2011

2010-2011 Workgroup Member, Global Health Core Competency Development Project, Domain 2: Collaboration and Partnering, Association of Schools of Public Health

2010-present Board Member, International Council of Women's Health International (Elected)

Consultant, Expert Content Review,  “Provider Perceptions of Latino Patients in Cancer Care Settings”  NIH Grant number  1R15CA135349-01A2,Co-PIs R Mayo and W. Sherrill, Clemson University, 2010

Grant Review, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Quality Effectiveness Research (HCQER) Study Section, June 22-24, 2010

Grant Reviewer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Clinical and Health Outcomes Initiative in Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE – R01 proposals) April 28-31, 2010

External International Reviewer, Universidade de São Paulo Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto (University of São Paulo, School of Nursing at Ribeirão Preto, SP, June 2010

American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel Global Diplomacy Project, 2010

Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Nurse Scientist Special Interest Group, 2010

Faculty Advisor, Student Action with Farmworkers; Latin American Studies Program, Appointed, 2010-present    

Chair, USC Community-Engagement Advisory Committee, Appointed, 2009-present    

Member, USC Community Engaged Research Workgroup, Appointed, 2009-present    

Faculty Advisor, Amigos del Buen Samaritano Student Group, 20008 – present.

Community Forum Participant, National Partnership for Action, US Department of Health and Human  Services Office of Minority Health, Region IV Meeting, Atlanta, GA February, 2008

Special Issue Editor, Family and Community Health, Issue 30:03, Immigrant and Migrant Health, 2007

Conference Planning Committee Member, Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 2007

Chair, Executive Board, South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition, 2007-2009; 2011 - present

Advisory Board Member, South Carolina Cross Cultural Healthcare Project (Nurse Education and Retention Grant), Upstate AHEC, Greenville, SC 2006 – 2008

Board Member, Ten Thousand Villages of Columbia, SC, 2006-2008

Planning Committee Member, South Carolina Dialogue for Action, Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, 2006-2007

Professional Practice

1990 - 1993     Centro de Assistência Integral à Mulher/CAISM [Integrated Women’s Health Center, Campinas, São Paulo,
                         Brazil. Director, Continuing Education in Nursing

1987                 UNICAMP University Hospital, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil Staff nurse

1980 – 1984     Fundação Esperança, Santarém, Pará, Brazil Director, Community Health Programs; Coordinator, Nursing
                         Services; Surgical Nurse and Nurse Supervisor

1969 – 1972     Instituto Santa Lydia Children’s Hospital, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil Peace Corps Volunteer, Director of
                         Ambulatory Clinic and Social Services

Research Studies (Selected)

Currently funded research projects with the local Hispanic/Latino population include:

ENLACE: A Promotora-Led Physical Activity Intervention Trial for Latinas in Texas 1R01HL111718-01A1
Messias, D. K. H., PI
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National institutes of Health

Navegantes para Salud: Improving Health Care Access and Utilization among Hispanic Women and Children
Messias, D. K. H., PI
Funding Agency: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Hispanic Health Services Research Grant Program

Storytelling, Social Disconnection and Treatment Adherence in African American Women with Breast Cancer
Oncology Nursing Foundation
Sue P. Heiney, USC College of Nursing, PI. DeAnne K. Messias, Co-I

Iniciativa Latina contra el Cáncer: Latina Initiative Breast Cancer Screening Program in South Carolina. South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition
Messias, D. K. H. PI
American Cancer Society Community Health Initiatives Wal-Mart for CHANGE Grant. 

Latina Initiative, a community-based project that involves promotoras in cancer awareness education and healthcare system navigation to increase participation of Latinas in cancer screening in South Carolina, a project funded through the South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition by the American Cancer Society and the South Carolina Cancer Alliance;

Enlace: A partnership to promote physical activity among Mexican immigrant women. This project uses a community-based participatory approach to identify and understand factors that influence moderate intensity physical activity behavior among Mexican immigrant women in the Columbia, SC region and in San Antonio, TX. The aim is to draw on community knowledge and experiences to develop and evaluate a theoretically-based, culturally competent intervention targeting individual, family and community influences of PA among Mexican immigrant women.

The Hispanic Health Research Network: Enhancing Practice-Based Research Capacity in South Carolina. ( NCI). The overall goal of the proposed project is to enhance and strengthen the Hispanic health research capacity of local academic-provider networks in the greater Columbia, SC metropolitan area.

Empowering Latinas to Lash-Out Against AIDS/STIS (Ellas) project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Publications (Selected)

Women's Work and Health

Weber, L. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2012). Mississippi front-line recovery workers after Hurricane Katrina: An intersectional analysis of advocacy work, power relations and health. Social Science and Medicine, 74(11):1833-41.

Davidson, McGrath, Meleis, Stern, DiGiacomo, Dharmendra, Correa-de-Arauju, Campbell, Hochleitner, Messias, Brown, Teitelman, Sindhu, Reesman, Richter, Sommers, Schaeffer, Stringer, Sampselle, Anderson, Tuazon, Cao, Krassen Covan. (2011). The health of women and girls determines the health and well-being of our modern world: a white paper from the International Council on Women's Health Issues. Health Care for Women International, 32:10, 870-886. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2011.603872

Davis, S. C., Meneses, K. D. & Messias, D. K. H. (2010). Sexuality and quality of life in women with breast cancer after surgical treatment. The Nurse Practitioner

Parra-Medina, D., Messias, D. K. H., Fore, E., Mayo, R., Petry, D, & PrabuDas, I. (2009). A community-based partnership to address cervical cancer among Latinas in South Carolina. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 105(7), 254-262.

Prabu Das, I., Messias, D. K .H. Parra-Medina, D., Luchok, K., Richter, D. L. (2009). Making it happen: Low-income African-American women's follow-up to abnormal pap tests. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 105(7),297-308 .

Messias, D. K. H., Moneyham, L., Vyavaharkar, M., Murdaugh, C. & Phillips, K. (2009). Embodied work: Insider perspectives of HIV/AIDS peer counselors. Healthcare for Women International 30(7), 570-592 .

Messias, D. K. H. & DeJoseph, J. F. (2007). The personal work of a first pregnancy: Transforming identities, relationships, and women's work. Women & Health, 45(4), 41-64.

Hilfinger Messias, D.K., Moneyham, L., Murdaugh, C. & Phillips, K. D. (2006). HIV/AIDS Peer Counselors' Perspectives on Intervention Delivery Formats. Clinical Nursing Research, 15(3), 177-196.

Messias, D. K. H., DeJong, M. K. & McLoughlin, K. (2005). Expanding the concept of women's work: Volunteer work in the context of poverty. Journal of Poverty, 9(3), 25-47.

Messias, D.K.H. (2002). Transnational health resources, practices, and perspectives: Brazilian immigrant women's narratives. Journal of Immigrant Health 4(4), 183-200.

Messias, D. K. H., Im, E., Page, A., Regev, H., Spiers, J., Yoder, L., & Meleis, A. I. (1997).Defining and redefining work: Implications for women's health. Gender & Society, 11(3), 296-323.

Messias, D. K. H., Hall, J., & Meleis, A. I. (1996). Voices of impoverished Brazilian women: Health implications of roles and resources. Women and Health 24(1) 1-20.

Meleis, A. I., Messias, D. K. H., & Arruda, E. N. (1996). Women's work environment and health: Clerical workers in Brazil. Research in Nursing and Health, 19, 53-62.

Meleis, A. I., Douglas, M. K., Eribes, C., Shih, F., Messias, D. K. H. (1996). Employed Mexican women as mothers and partners: Valued, empowered and overloaded. J ournal of Advanced Nursing, 23, 82-90.

Nelson, M., Proctor, S., Regev, H., Barnes, D., Sawyer, L., Messias, D., & Yoder, L. (1996). International population and development: The United Nation's Cairo Action Plan for women's health. I mage: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 28(1), 75-80.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

McDowell, L., Messias, D. K. H., & Estrada, R. (2011). The work of language interpretation in health care: Complex, challenging, exhausting, and often invisible. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22(2), 137-147.

Sawyer, L., Regev, H., Proctor, S., Nelson, M., Messias, D., Barnes, D., & Meleis, A. (1995). Matching versus cultural competence in research: Methodological considerations. Research in Nursing and Health, 18, 557-567.

Hispanic/Latino Health

Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Parra-Medina, D., Sharpe, P. A., Treviño, L., Koskan, A. M. & Morales-Campos, D. (2013). Promotoras de Salud: Roles, Responsibilities, and contributions in a community-Based Participatory Research, Multi-Site, Randomized Controlled Trial. Hispanic Health Care International.

Barrington, C., Hilfinger Messias, D.K. & Weber, L. (2012). Implications of racial and ethnic relations for health and well-being in new Latino communities: A case study of West Columbia, South Carolina. Latino Studies, 10(1-2), 155-178.

Messias, D. K. H., Barrington, C. & Lacy, E. (2012) Latino Social Network Dynamics in the Context of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 36(1)101-121.

Parra-Medina, D. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2011). Promotion of Physical Activity among Mexican-Origin Women in Texas and South Carolina: An Examination of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Environmental Factors. Quest, 63,100-117.

Parra-Medina, D. & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2011). Promotion of Physical Activity among Mexican-Origin Women in Texas and South Carolina: An Examination of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Environmental Factors. Quest, 63,100-117.

Messias, D. K. H., Barrington, C. & Lacy, E. (2011) Latino Social Network Dynamics in the Context of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 35(4).

Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., & Messias, D. K. H. Health Literacy among Hispanics: A Systematic Research Review (1992-2008). (2010). Hispanic Health Care International, 8(2), 65-76.

Hilfinger Messias, D. K. & Lacy, E. (2007). Katrina-related health concerns of Latino Survivors and evacuees. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18(2). (in press – will be published May 2007).

Community Health Workers/Promotoras de salud

Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., Hilfinger Messias, D. K., Brandt, H. M., & Walsemann, K. (2013). Sustainability of promotora initiatives: Program planners' perspectives. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318280012a

Koskan, A., Friedman, D. B., Brandt, H. M., Walsemann, K. M., & Hilfinger Messias, D. K. (2012). Preparing Promotoras to Deliver Health Programs for Hispanic Communities: Training Processes and Curricula. Health Promotion Practice, published online September 14, 2012. DOI: 10.1177/1524839912457176

Koskan, A. Hilfinger Messias, D. K. H., Friedman, D. B., Brandt, H. M., & Walsemann, K. (2012). Program planners' perspectives of promotora roles, recruitment, and selection. Ethnicity and Health, DOI:10.1080/13557858.2012.730605

Immigrant/Global Health

Messias, D. K. H. (2011). The Health and Well-Being of Immigrant Women in Urban Areas. In A. I. Meleis, E. L. Birch, & S. M. Wachter (Eds.). Women's Health and the World's Cities. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 144-165

Messias, D. K. H. (2001). Globalization, nursing, and Health for All. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 33(1), 9-11.

Messias, D.K.H. (2001). Transnational perspectives on women's domestic work: Experiences of Brazilian immigrants in the United States. Women and Health, 33(1/2), 1-20.

Messias, D. K. H., Regev, H., Im, E., Spiers, J., Van, P., & Meleis, A. I. (1997). Expanding the visibility of women's work: Policy implications. Nursing Outlook 45(6), 245-292.

Messias, D. K. H. (1997). Concept development: Exploring undocumentedness. S cholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice, 10(3), 235-252. (Also republished as Messias, D. K. H. (1997) Exploring the concept of undocumentedness: The meaning of a person's immigration status to nursing care. In A. G. Gift, Ed. Clarifying Concepts in Nursing Research, pp 53 – 69. New York: Springer.)

Youth Empowerment

Jennings, L., Hardee, S. & Messias, D.K.H. (2010). Addressing oppressive discourses and images of youth: Sites of possibility. In Sites of Possibility: Critical dialogue across educational settings. (L. B. Jennings, P. C. Jewett, T. T. Laman, M. V. Souto-Manning, & J. L. Wilson (eds.). Cresskill NJ: Hampton Press.

Messias, D. K. H., McLoughlin, K., Fore, E., Jennings, L. & Parra-Medina, D. (2008). Images of youth: Representations and interpretations by youth actively engaged in their communities. International Journal of Qualitative Issues in Education, 21(2), 159-178.

Jennings, L. B., Parra-Medina, D., Messias, D. K. H., & McLoughlin, K. Toward a theory of critical social youth empowerment. (2006). Journal of Community Practice,14(1/2), 29-54.

Messias, D. K. H., Fore, E., McLoughlin, K. & Parra-Medina, D. (2005). Adult Roles in Community-Based Youth Empowerment Programs: Implications for Best Practices. Family and Community Health 28(4) 320-337.

Transitions Theory and Research

Messias, D. K. H. (2010). Migration Transitions. In Afaf Ibrahim Meleis (Ed.). Transitions Theory: Middle Range and Situation-Specific Theories in Nursing Research and Practice, pp. 226-231. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Meleis, A. I., Sawyer, L. M., Im, E., Messias, D K. H., & Schumacher, K. (2000). Experiencing transitions: An emerging middle range theory. Advances in Nursing Science, 23(1), 12-28.

Messias, D. K. H., Gilliss, C. L., Sparacino, P. S. A., Tong, E. M., & Foote, D (1995). Stories of transition: Parents recall the diagnosis of congenital heart defects. Family Systems Medicine, 13(3/4), 367-377.

Qualitative Research Methods

Messias, D. K. H. & DeJoseph, J. F. (2004). Feminist Narrative Interpretations: Challenges, tensions, and opportunities for nurse researchers. Aquichan, 4(4), 40-49.