Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program (PC-PReP)

Program Directors

Cynthia A. Gerhardt, PhD

Deena J. Chisolm, PhD

Program Coordinator

Kamma Smith

Program Description

The Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program (PC-PReP) prepares postdoctoral fellows to engage in independent outcomes research in child health settings and become leaders in the conduct of patient- and family-centered outcomes research. The training program emphasizes broad conceptual models of health outcomes, which encompass clinical, functional, and economic outcomes. These models and associated methods of assessment are applied to a range of childhood illnesses and pediatric conditions within a variety of research contexts, including clinical trials, observational clinical research, and health services research.

Fellows learn the responsible conduct of research, as well as methods for the design and conduct of research related to a broad range of child health outcomes. Using these tools, they engage in programmatic research in their chosen area of specialization. Emphasis is placed on the development of new and innovative research questions, the dissemination of scientific findings, and the preparation of applications for extramural funding to provide a solid foundation for an independent research career.

Training Program

Trainees are expected to develop a personalized career development/training program in consultation with their mentors. At a minimum, the training program will include the following required elements:

  • Monthly “research survival skills” seminar that discusses specific research methods, as well as grant writing and other aspects of professional development
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Monthly statistical seminars
  • Quarterly advanced research methods workshops
  • Participation in the semi-monthly CBH/CIPP Pediatric Research Presentation Series
  • Completion of grant-writing workshop sponsored by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's
  • Completion of The Research Institute training in responsible conduct of research
  • Self-study readings

Optional elements of the training program will include:

  • 1-month rotations in the laboratories of the Principal Investigators listed below
  • MPH program on OSU main campus
  • Child Health Research Center Speaker Series
  • Clinical & Translational Research Seminar Series
  • Seminars offered by the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • K award writing group
  • Summer statistical seminars on OSU main campus

Additional resources that are available to trainees include Clinical Research Services, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital's Intramural Research Grant Program, and the Biobehavioral Outcomes Core.


Mentors for the training program are drawn from the Center for Biobehavioral Health and the Center for Innovation in Clinical Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's.

Each fellow will have at least one primary faculty member who will help coordinate the fellow’s training plan.

View complete list of faculty.

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