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Kathleen Godfrey

Assistant Professor
Health Promotion & Development


Dr. Godfrey is an accomplished clinician and educator with more than 30 years of experience in neonatal nursing. She brings her real-world experience and knowledge to the classroom for both master’s and DNP students in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) area of concentration. She had been an adjunct professor for many years for Pitt Nursing prior to coming to the School of Nursing in 2006 to develop the graduate programs for the NNP area of concentration.  She currently shares her time between the School of Nursing and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is an assistant professor and lead faculty for the NNP area of concentration and a nationally certified NNP practicing with more than 25 years of NNP experience. Dr. Godfrey is also a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), who in the past has cared for children with chronic pulmonary diseases at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Dr. Godfrey received her nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a BSN in 1980, a MSN (NNP) in 1986, a MSN (PNP) in 1999 and a DNP (NNP) in 2011.

Dr. Godfrey is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses/ Neonatal Nurse Practitioners as well as the Academy of Neonatal Nurses. She has presented nationally and is published in Advances in Neonatal Care and Neonatal Network. Dr. Godfrey received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award presented by the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence in 2017 and received an honorable mention in Pittsburgh Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing, December 2017 edition. 

Clinical Emphasis

Neonatal Nursing

Scholarly Emphasis

Neonatal Thermoregulation


Comprehensive Neonatal Assessment -Theory
General Management of the Sick Neonate-Theory
General Assessment and Management of the Sick Neonate -Clinical
Neonatal Disease Process 1- Theory
Neonatal Disease Process 2- Theory
NNP Role Practicum
Capstone Project
Capstone Clinical