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.

Background

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.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial interventions for individuals with CHD: a research agenda and recommendations from the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. Cardiol Young. 2021 Jun; 31(6):888-899. View abstract
  2. Assessment and Treatment of a Young Adult with Congenital Heart Disease and ADHD. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 05 01; 42(4):340-342. View abstract
  3. Performance on the ROCF at 8 Years Predicts Academic Achievement at 16 Years in Individuals with Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2021 10; 27(9):857-864. View abstract
  4. The origins and development of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative: creating innovative clinical, quality improvement, and research opportunities - Corrigendum. Cardiol Young. 2021 01; 31(1):175. View abstract
  5. Neurodevelopmental evaluation for school-age children with congenital heart disease: recommendations from the cardiac neurodevelopmental outcome collaborative. Cardiol Young. 2020 Nov; 30(11):1623-1636. View abstract
  6. The origins and development of the cardiac neurodevelopment outcome collaborative: creating innovative clinical, quality improvement, and research opportunities. Cardiol Young. 2020 Nov; 30(11):1597-1602. View abstract
  7. Meta-analysis in congenital heart disease: a question of sampling and interpretation. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2021 01; 63(1):8-9. View abstract
  8. Child HIV Exposure and CMV Seroprevalence in Botswana: No Associations With 24-Month Growth and Neurodevelopment. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Oct; 7(10):ofaa373. View abstract
  9. Cognitive flexibility in critical CHD: a target for intervention. Cardiol Young. 2020 Aug; 30(8):1061-1069. View abstract
  10. In Utero Efavirenz Exposure and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in HIV-exposed Uninfected Children in Botswana. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2019 08; 38(8):828-834. View abstract
  11. Visual-spatial processing style is associated with psychopathology in adolescents with critical congenital heart disease. Clin Neuropsychol. 2019 05; 33(4):760-778. View abstract
  12. HIV Exposure and Formula Feeding Predict Under-2 Mortality in HIV-Uninfected Children, Botswana. J Pediatr. 2018 12; 203:68-75.e2. View abstract
  13. [Formula: see text]Congenital heart disease: A primer for the pediatric neuropsychologist. Child Neuropsychol. 2018 10; 24(7):859-902. View abstract
  14. Learning and Memory in Adolescents With Critical Biventricular Congenital Heart Disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2017 09; 23(8):627-639. View abstract
  15. Psychiatric Disorders and Function in Adolescents with Tetralogy of Fallot. J Pediatr. 2017 08; 187:165-173. View abstract
  16. Visuospatial processing in adolescents with critical congenital heart disease: Organization, integration, and implications for academic achievement. Child Neuropsychol. 2018 05; 24(4):451-468. View abstract
  17. 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
  18. Executive function and psychosocial adjustment in healthy children and adolescents: A latent variable modelling investigation. Child Neuropsychol. 2016; 22(3):292-317. View abstract
  19. Executive Function in Children and Adolescents with Critical Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Jan; 21(1):34-49. View abstract
  20. 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