Pediatric PittNet

Pediatric PittNet is a practice-based research network that supports collaboration between pediatric primary care practices and University of Pittsburgh researchers to improve the health of children. Pediatric PittNet facilitates the translation of pediatric research discoveries into practice.

Pediatric PittNet supports studies covering a range of childhood behavioral and physical health concerns conducted by investigators across multiple schools and departments at the University of Pittsburgh. Pediatric PittNet includes 32 practices with 54 office sites in 13 counties across Western Pennsylvania. Member practices include academic practices, independent pediatric practices, a federally qualified community health center, and hospital-based clinics. Approximately 275 Pediatric PittNet providers serve over 266,000 privately and publicly insured patients in urban, suburban and rural settings.


Pediatric PittNet provides several services to support participant recruitment and research procedures in pediatric practices:

  • On-site services: experienced research nurses/assistants are available to identify, screen, enroll, refer, and conduct follow-up visits
  • “Posting only” recruitment: includes featured IRB-approved flyers on the PittNet webpage, pediatric practice waiting room e-message boards, and member meetings, newsletters, and emails
  • Survey: One-time or reoccurring surveys distributed to network members/patients/families
  • Chart review: PittNet Research Staff Review patient charts from participating practices according to study needs (Identifying patients for recruitment mailings, reviewing de-identified provider referrals, etc.)
  • Quality or practice Improvement studies
  • Focus group facilitation
  • Grant application support


Administrator: Carrie Fascetti, LSW
Phone: 412-648-4197

All research activities must first be approved by Pediatric PittNet before contacting network practices and/or providers. Please meet with the administrator to discuss on-site recruitment in pediatric practices.