The Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth

Generating knowledge that will transform the health of our next generation.

Here, everything we do is forward thinking. Because our focus is conducting, translating and implementing research that will improve the lives of children and the women who bring them into this world. With the potential of every advancement to have life-long impact, it is vital and important work. We recognize the knowledge we are generating today may produce life-changing results for future generations. And for researchers, that's powerful motivation. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Martha S. Pitzer Center is to foster excellence in the core values of Collaboration, Research, Education and Outreach to promote the highest levels of health and wellness through pioneering research, translational activities, and transdisciplinary research educational programs.

Our Vision

The Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth at The Ohio State University College of Nursing is internationally renowned for the discovery of new knowledge and its translation into real world settings to optimize health and wellness outcomes in infants, children, adolescents and women through health promotion and risk reduction.

Karen Patricia Williams, PhD
Nursing Distinguished Professor of Women's Health

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth. Our research and clinical scholars are a 21st century model for conducting basic science investigation, translational research and engaging our community and industry partners. By bringing together a variety of perspectives and backgrounds our teams are consistently renewing and generating knowledge that will transform lives. 


Congratulations to all of our faculty who were recognized at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference:

  • Barbara Warren: Co-Chair American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee
  • Lisa Militello: Chair for MNRS Peds RIG
  • Marliese Nist: Co-Chair for MNRS Peds RIG
  • Kayla Herbell: Chair Elect for the MNRS Family Health Research Interest Group
  • Dianne Morrison-Beedy: 2021-2022 MNRS adolescent RIIG chair
  • Janna Stephens: 2021 adolescent health RIG new investigator award; Grants representative for that RIG
  • Mei Wei Chang: Senior Investigator Award for the Health Promoting Behaviors Across the Lifespan Research Interest Group (RIG)
  • Susan Thrane: Palliative & End-of-Life Care: Early Career Award; Pediatric RIG: Early Investigator Award; Symptom Science RIG: Research Publication Award for Reiki Therapy for Symptom Management in Children Receiving Palliative Care: A Pilot Study (2017); Co-chair of the Palliative and End of Life are RIG

Recent News

September 25, 2020
COLUMBUS, OH — The National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI) has awarded an additional two-year R03 grant to accompany a fi

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