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
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. 

Barbara Jones Warren
Professor of Clinical Nursing


Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Warren who was appointed as Co-Chair of the new Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Committee within the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA). In this position, she will serve a key role in advising the APNA Board in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion to help psychiatric-mental health nursing address health disparities and create positive change. Congratulations for this appointment, Barbara, and your continued work in psychiatric health!

Deena Chisolm
Member, Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth

Dr. Deena Chisolm was named as a YWCA Women of Achievement Honoree.

Congratulations to Dr. Deena Chisolm who was selected as a 2021 YWCA Women of Achievement Honoree. This award is given to women who have made extraordinary contributions to their families, workplaces and communities with their example of determination, generosity and courage. We are so proud of the example you set for all of us Deena, congratulations!

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 fiv
May 26, 2020
The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR) has awarded a four-year, $1.6 million R01 grant to fund the study, “Reducing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Bla
May 20, 2020
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