Susan Van Cleve

Clinical professor, College of Nursing
Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner–Primary Care Program

Van Cleve has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 35 years and has extensive experience working with children and families in primary care settings as well as with children with special needs. She joined the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 2016 as a clinical professor and director of the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. She previously held positions as an assistant professor and director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the Yale University School of Nursing from 1983-1992, the director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing from 1993-2003, and as an associate professor of nursing (2010-2016) and director of the DNP Program (2014-2015) at Robert Morris University.

Van Cleve’s clinical practice includes experience in pediatric primary care, working with sexually abused children, children with Down syndrome, and with children with developmental, behavioral and mental health disorders. She has held leadership positions in many local, state and national nursing organizations, including president and co-founder of the Three Rivers National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Chapter in Pittsburgh in 1995, president of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board from 2000-2002, and president-elect, president and immediate past president of NAPNAP from 2011—2014.

Van Cleve earned her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, her MSN from Boston College, and her DNP from Robert Morris University.

Her research focus/clinical interests include: 

  • Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role

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Research areas
  • Integration of pediatric mental health into primary care; Pediatric and adolescent behavioral and mental health disorders; ADHD; Autism
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