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Brenda L. Cassidy

Assistant Professor
Vice Chair for Administration
Health Promotion & Development


Dr. Cassidy has spent her nursing career working with the pediatric population and worked to advance her education in in local, regional, and national activities as she advocates for improving pediatric health outcomes. Dr. Cassidy was recognized by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners when she received the State Advocacy Award for Pennsylvania in 2013.

Clinical Emphasis

Pediatric nurse practitioner, specializing in adolescent medicine, specifically adolescent sexual health care.

Scholarly Emphasis

Dr. Cassidy received the Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award for two consecutive years (2013-2015) and was able to develop a unique clinical experience in adolescent medicine by establishing an academic-service partnership for interdisciplinary education where she implemented an innovative faculty preceptor model. Dr. Cassidy currently is working with adolescent medicine providers on curricular development for a fellowship for advanced practice providers in adolescent medicine. Dr. Cassidy’s research area is aimed at improving HPV vaccine rates. She is recognized locally, nationally, and regionally for her interest in this area and has conducted multiple quality improvement projects, serves on several local and regional HPV vaccine initiatives, and has published and been an invited speaker in this area. Dr. Cassidy has mentored multiple students with DNP projects and is recognized within and outside of the University of Pittsburgh for her mentorship on projects aimed at improving HPV vaccine rates.


Dr. Cassidy’s experience in teaching and program development is extensive as she has taught nursing students of all levels for more than 30 years and has been full time at the University of Pittsburgh since 2008. As coordinator of the PNP program and assistant professor, Dr. Cassidy is responsible for program development, teaching pediatric courses and content in non-pediatric courses, and is very active in clinical practice. She precepts students in two sites including primary care and the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cassidy has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and received the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.


Dr. Cassidy has been involved actively in the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) through the local chapter and national Health Policy Committee and recently was elected to serve on the executive board as member-at-large.  She is nationally recognized as a specialist in adolescent sexual health and has been an invited national speaker in this area.