The Pediatric RIIG's purpose is to encourage networking among researchers either currently conducting or interested in conducting research involving children. Members can meet others doing similar research, benefit from the advice of distinguished researchers, and find or become a mentor.

Who Should Join?

Researchers interested in Pediatrics

RIIG Communication

Groupsite Community Networking Platform:


Meet the RIIG Leadership


Marliese Nist, PhD, RN
Post-Doctoral Scholar, The Ohio State University 


Pamela Gampetro, APRN, CFNP, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago

Past Chair 

Lisa K. Militello, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University




2021-2022 RIIG Award Winners

The Pediatric RIIG is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIIG membership:

Nominations are now closed and award recipients will be announced at the 2022 Annual Research Conference outside the Chicago area in Schaumburg, IL. If you have questions regarding the RIIG Awards, please be sure to email the RIIG Chair or contact the Executive Office at 615-432-0098 or


Annual Goals

  • Identify key RIG member actions to achieve 5-year goals to promote collaboration,
  • Provide mentorship, and
  • Increase nurses entering pediatrics.
  • Researching the possibility of developing subgroups and a cadre of volunteers to lead the subgroups in completing activities to achieve goals for the year.

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Promote collaboration among investigators in the RIIG
  • Provide mentorship for new/early pediatric investigators
  • Address the need to increase nurses entering pediatrics for practice and research
  • Acknowledge pediatric nurse investigators for their contributions to nursing science

Recent Activities/Highlights

  • Guaranteed Symposia 2016
    • Evaluation of a Community Campaign: Newborn Umbilical Cord Care
      Author(s): Susan M. Walsh, DNP, CPNP; Kathleen Norr, PhD; Healther Sipsma, PhD
    • Caring for Infants with Milk Soy Protein Intolerance: Challenges with Hypoallergenic Formulas and Reimbursement
      Author(s): Kari Wade EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
    • The Face of Diabetes: The Child's Perspective
      Author (s): Kathleen Elertson, DNP, APANP, CPNP,BC, RN; Shari Leisch. APNP, RN, CDE; Elizabeth K. Babler, PhD, PPCNP-PC, RN, CDE
    • A Retrospective Review of Child Abuse Screening in Children Less than 3 years of Age
      Author(s): Kelly S. Faclome, RN, MS, CNL; Suzanne Moody MPA; Charles T. Mehlman, DO, MPH; Richard A Falcone, MD, MPH
    • Neurobiology of Attachment: From Bench Proposals to Public Policy
      Author(s): Ashley Weber, PhD(c), Ms. RN: Tondi M. Harrison, PhD, RN; Deborah, Steward PhD, RN

RIIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Pediatric  RIIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Pediatric RIIG Annual Report from the 2021 Annual Research Conference
Pediatric RIIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Pediatric RIIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference

Pediatric RIIG Minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference
Pediatric RIIG Minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Pediatric RIIG Minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference

Mentorship Survey

The Pediatric RIIG’s aim is to facilitate collaboration and mentorship among members and begin to address the need to increase nurses entering pediatrics for practice and research. We are asking the RIIG members to complete the survey below as we create a roster of members with interest in collaboration and/or mentorship, including a listing of their research interests, and contact information.



Member in the Spotlight
Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP, FAAN

Dr. Jill Kilanowski is pediatric nurse practitioner, an educator, and nurse scientist conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Kilanowski earned her PhD from The Ohio State University: her dissertation titled, "Health Disparities in Itinerant Carnival and Migrant Children." Her community-based research examines unhealthy weight and agricultural safety education in Latino children of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. She developed low-literacy culturally-sensitive interventions for children and families. She completed a NIH KL2 award at Case Western Reserve University. She has received funding as an investigator from NIH, and various foundations. She has completed 20 research studies and is published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented internationally. In her long academic history she has served as faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Michigan State University, Capital University, Otterbein University, and Fairfield University in Connecticut. She is now Associate Dean for Graduate Program at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. Acknowledging her expertise, Dr. Kilanowski was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve as chair of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. In 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.