Pickler appointed to National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

Faculty Rita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health and director of the PhD and MS in Nursing Science Programs at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

The advisory council meets three times a year to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second level review of grant applications that have previously been reviewed for scientific merit. In addition, the council reviews the institute's extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

Dr. Pickler’s research focuses on the care of the preterm infant with a particular focus on improving neurodevelopmental outcomes. She also studies mechanisms underlying preterm birth, interventions to reduce preterm delivery and infant mortality, and transitions to home for families of preterm infants.

Dr. Pickler has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study sections; she recently completed a term as chair of the Nursing Research Review Committee. Dr. Pickler is an editor of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of the research methods column of the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Members of the council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying a diverse perspective from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law and economics. NINR, a component of NIH, is the primary federal agency for the support of nursing research.