Laura Cassidy, MS, PhD
Professor and Director of Epidemiology; Associate Dean Global Health
- Primary Appointment: Professor and Director, Epidemiology
- Secondary Appointments:
Founding Director of Masters in Global Health Equity
Research Director, Institute for Health & Equity
Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM)
Director, Surgical, Clinical, and Outcomes Research
MS, Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh
PhD Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
“I love interacting with my PhD students. They work closely with the community to address health disparities and improve health equity. This challenging work gives me a sense of pride in my students and MCW.”
- Laura Cassidy
Dr. Laura Cassidy joined the Institute for Health & Equity in 2011 when she took over as Director of the PhD Program in Public and Community Health and the Division of Epidemiology. Dr. Cassidy is the Research Director for the Institute for Health & Equity.
Dr. Cassidy’s journey to MCW began in Pittsburgh, where she grew up. Both of her parents were academic researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Originally, her academic pursuit was in engineering, however, she found her passion was in math and healthcare. While working fulltime in the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Dr. Cassidy earned the MS in Biostatistics and a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology.
While pursuing her PhD, her mentor’s child was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and they developed a long-standing relationship with the pediatric surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. They collaborated on multiple manuscripts and shortly after receiving her PhD, she was awarded a grant through the Emergency Medical Services for Children to design a National Trauma Registry for Children. Dr. Keith Oldham was on her advisory panel and eventually recruited her to MCW to support research in general pediatric surgery and the pediatric surgical divisions of urology, cardiothoracic, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and anesthesia.
Dr. Cassidy’s research experience is diverse, including managing a bladder cancer screening program in an underserved community of occupationally exposed workers for 15 years, evaluating community health departments, a Mid-Atlantic AIDS education training grant, health effects of radiation exposure in Russian workers, in addition to clinical outcomes research and registry development. She has been the PI on two federally funded grants focusing on pediatric trauma and has over 100 publications. In 2003, she traveled to a remote hospital in Haiti to evaluate data collection methods in that environment; and in 2010, she traveled to Nigeria to implement a web-based trauma registry that currently collects a culturally sensitive, minimal data set from multiple hospitals. Through this work, she gained valuable experience with complex data compiled from challenging and unique environments.
Dr. Cassidy has developed a family in her division among the faculty and staff. Under her leadership the division has grown from two faculty members and two staff to four faculty, two fellows, two post-doctoral fellows and seven full-time staff members. With the continuous learning opportunities at MCW she has been able to build upon and redesign the Public and Community Health PhD program to better foster academic learning and independent research.
In 2017, Dr. Cassidy was chosen for the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women. She is currently working on her ELAM project and building on our global partnerships.
Outside of MCW, Dr. Cassidy serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, a community based organization designed to address gaps in services and provide programs to the underserved and impoverished populations in Milwaukee. Additionally, she is the Chair for the Research Committee for the Pediatric Trauma Society.
Honors and Awards
2016, Present Outstanding Graduate School Teacher of the Year, Medical College of Wisconsin
2017-2018, Fellow-Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)
- Director, Division of Epidemiology & Social Sciences
- Founding Director Master of Science in Global Health Equity
- Research Director, Institute for Health & Equity
Mechanisms of traumatic injury by demographic characteristics: an 8-year review of temporal trends from the National Trauma Data Bank.
(Tomas C, Kallies K, Cronn S, Kostelac C, deRoon-Cassini T, Cassidy L.) Inj Prev. 2023 Mar 20 PMID: 36941050 03/21/2023
I've given up: Biopsychosocial factors preceding farmer suicide in Wisconsin.
(Kohlbeck SA, Quinn K, deRoon-Cassini T, Hargarten S, Nelson D, Cassidy L.) Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2023;93(2):131-143 PMID: 36548072 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85147009637 12/23/2022
Context Matters: Assessing the Association Between Area Deprivation and the Severity of Injury and Types of Domestic Violence Victimization Among Women.
(Shour AR, Hamberger LK, Meurer J, Kostelac C, Cassidy L.) J Interpers Violence. 2022 Dec;37(23-24):NP22352-NP22374 PMID: 35098777 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85124171826 02/01/2022
PREvalence Study on Surgical COnditions (PRESSCO) 2020: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Countrywide Survey on Surgical Conditions in Post-Ebola Outbreak Sierra Leone.
(van Kesteren J, van Duinen AJ, Marah F, van Delft D, Spector AL, Cassidy LD, Groen RS, Jabbi SB, Bah S, Medo JA, Kamanda-Bongay A, van Leerdam D, Westendorp J, Mathéron HM, Mönnink GLE, Vas Nunes J, Lindenbergh KC, Hoel SK, Løvdal SM, Østensen MN, Solberg H, Boateng D, Klipstein-Grobusch K, van Herwaarden D, Martens JPJ, Bonjer HJ, Sankoh O, Grobusch MP, Bolkan HA, PRESSCO 2020 study group.) World J Surg. 2022 Nov;46(11):2585-2594 PMID: 36068404 PMCID: PMC9529684 09/07/2022
A Culture and Wellness Pilot to Guide Community Engaged Public Health Research in Native American Populations.
(Dellinger M, O'Keefe G, Poupart A, Stevens D, Thompson S, Meza A, Cassidy L.) WMJ. 2022 Jul;121(2):153-156 PMID: 35857693 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85134854295 07/21/2022
Facilitators and barriers to routine intimate partner violence screening in antenatal care settings in Uganda.
(Anguzu R, Cassidy LD, Beyer KMM, Babikako HM, Walker RJ, Dickson-Gomez J.) BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Mar 02;22(1):283 PMID: 35232438 PMCID: PMC8889632 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85125601498 03/03/2022
Adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures and its association with intimate partner violence among women in informal settings of Kampala, Uganda.
(Anguzu R, Kabagenyi A, Cassidy LD, Kasasa S, Shour AR, Musoke BN, Mutyoba JN.) PLOS Glob Public Health. 2022;2(4):e0000177 PMID: 36962157 PMCID: PMC10021164 03/25/2023
National Needs Assessment for a Pediatric Trauma Toolkit: General Requirements for Moderate- and High-Volume Hospitals.
(Cassidy LD, Benett S, Marion E, Nichols L, Burke R, Gray L, Morrell P, Schwing L, Waunch A, Haley K.) J Trauma Nurs. 2021 Nov-Dec 01;28(6):378-385 PMID: 34766932 11/13/2021
Ecological Study of Variability in the Relationship between Liver Cancer Mortality and Racial Residential Segregation.
(Bemanian A, Cassidy LD, Fraser R, Laud PW, Saeian K, Beyer KMM.) Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Sep 15;18(18) PMID: 34574655 PMCID: PMC8465489 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85114895873 09/29/2021
Geographic variation and risk factors for teenage pregnancy in Uganda.
(Byonanebye J, Brazauskas R, Tumwesigye N, Young S, May T, Cassidy L.) Afr Health Sci. 2020 Dec;20(4):1898-1907 PMID: 34394256 PMCID: PMC8351868 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85098090885 08/17/2021
Pediatric trauma triage: A Pediatric Trauma Society Research Committee systematic review.
(Mora MC, Veras L, Burke RV, Cassidy LD, Christopherson N, Cunningham A, Jafri M, Marion E, Lidsky K, Yanchar N, Wu L, Gosain A.) J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Oct;89(4):623-630 PMID: 32301877 04/18/2020
Age- and Sex-Specific Risk Factors for Youth Suicide: A Mixed Methods Review.
(Kohlbeck S, Hargarten S, Cassidy LD.) WMJ. 2020 Sep;119(3):165-170 PMID: 33091283 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85094171345 10/23/2020