University of Nebraska Medical Center

Keely Cassidy, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy
Co-Director, Anatomy Teaching Track PhD Program


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Dr. Keely Cassidy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her primary focus in the department is teaching early career medical, physician assistant, genetic counseling, and graduate students. Her secondary focus is improving the scholarship of anatomical teaching and learning through evidence-based, mixed methods research.

Dr. Cassidy's educational and professional background includes the study of athletic training and sports medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, gross anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy, histology, formal training in pedagogy and curriculum studies, and both quantitative and qualitative statistics.

Dr. Cassidy directs multiple graduate and professional courses in both the College of Medicine and the College of Allied Health Professions. In addition to coursework, she is the Vice Chair of the COM Curriculum Committee and sit on multiple college-level committees dedicated to the educational mission of UNMC.

  • PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • MS, Anatomy, Des Moines University College of Medicine
  • BA, Athletic Training, Buena Vista University

Dr. Cassidy's current research involves faculty and student experiences and perceptions of embryology content in the basic science curriculum and the effects of advanced anatomical dissections and demonstrations on student learning outcomes and perceived confidence.

Selected Publications
  1. McCumber, T., Vogt, C., Urban, J.,  Cassidy, K., Latacha, K., Vilburn, M., Urban, N. & Simet, S. (2019). Accuracy of ultrasound-guided localization of the peripatellar plexus for knee pain management.  Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. (in publication)
  2. Cassidy, K., Clapper, L., & Lederer, A. Professional and personal learning communities:  The lasting impact of an interdisciplinary network of graduate students. In  Voices from the Classroom:  Graduate Students’ Reflections of Evidence-based Teaching. J. Meta Robinson, V. O’Loughlin, K. Kearns, and L. Plummer (Eds.). (in press)
  3. Cassidy, K. Synapse HAPS: A rapid, new form of knowledge transmission.  HAPS-EDucator, 19(3):  13-14.
Honors & Awards
  • College of Medicine Class of 1962 Basic Science Outstanding Teacher Award, UNMC, 2019
  • Interprofessional Academy of Educators, UNMC, 2018
  • Outstanding Associate Instructor Award, Indiana University Medical Sciences Program, 2016
  • Influential Instructor Award, Indiana University Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program, 2016