Research Overview:        

Dr. Adam Cassidy’s research focuses primarily on understanding neurobehavioral development and promoting resilience among at-risk children and adolescents. He is currently involved in several studies looking at cognitive, self-regulatory, and psychosocial development in children with various types of critical congenital heart disease. Dr. Cassidy is also the primary investigator on a Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR) grant aimed at investigating neurodevelopmental outcomes in young HIV-exposed/uninfected children in Botswana.


About Adam Cassidy:     

Dr. Cassidy is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist (ABPP/ABCN) in the Center for Neuropsychology at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a member of the BCH Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Drew University, an M.A. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science from the University of Minnesota. He completed a predoctoral internship in lifespan neuropsychology at the Emory University School of Medicine/Emory Healthcare and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.



  • English

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Developmental Neuropsychology
  • Executive Function and Self Regulation
  • HIV


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  1. Cassidy AR, Ilardi D, Bowen SR, Hampton LE, Heinrich KP, Loman MM, Sanz JH, Wolfe KR. [Formula: see text]Congenital heart disease: A primer for the pediatric neuropsychologist. Child Neuropsychol. 2018 Oct; 24(7):859-902. View abstract
  2. Cassidy AR, Newburger JW, Bellinger DC. Learning and Memory in Adolescents With Critical Biventricular Congenital Heart Disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2017 Sep; 23(8):627-639. View abstract
  3. Holland JE, Cassidy AR, Stopp C, White MT, Bellinger DC, Rivkin MJ, Newburger JW, DeMaso DR. Psychiatric Disorders and Function in Adolescents with Tetralogy of Fallot. J Pediatr. 2017 Aug; 187:165-173. View abstract
  4. Bean Jaworski JL, White MT, DeMaso DR, Newburger JW, Bellinger DC, Cassidy AR. Visuospatial processing in adolescents with critical congenital heart disease: Organization, integration, and implications for academic achievement. Child Neuropsychol. 2018 May; 24(4):451-468. View abstract
  5. Cassidy AR, White MT, DeMaso DR, Newburger JW, Bellinger DC. Processing speed, executive function, and academic achievement in children with dextro-transposition of the great arteries: Testing a longitudinal developmental cascade model. Neuropsychology. 2016 10; 30(7):874-885. View abstract
  6. Cassidy AR. Executive function and psychosocial adjustment in healthy children and adolescents: A latent variable modelling investigation. Child Neuropsychol. 2016; 22(3):292-317. View abstract
  7. Cassidy AR, White MT, DeMaso DR, Newburger JW, Bellinger DC. Executive Function in Children and Adolescents with Critical Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Jan; 21(1):34-49. View abstract
  8. Cullerton-Sen C, Cassidy AR, Murray-Close D, Cicchetti D, Crick NR, Rogosch FA. Childhood maltreatment and the development of relational and physical aggression: the importance of a gender-informed approach. Child Dev. 2008 Nov-Dec; 79(6):1736-51. View abstract