PNPG Grants and Awards

Each year PNPG recognizes the outstanding practice and significant contributions its members make toward promotion of pediatric dietitians.

To nominate a fellow PNPG member, please review the following criteria and complete the application.

Materials for the awards listed below must be submitted  by March 31st; scholarship applications must be submitted by April 15th.  If you have questions about the online application process, please contact us.
    2017 Award Winners

PNPG Grants and Awards

Outstanding Member of the Year

The Outstanding Member of the Year recognizes outstanding leadership contributions to pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health. The following are criteria for award selection: (1) PNPG membership for three or more years, and (2) outstanding service, accomplishments, and community outreach in pediatric nutrition or maternal and child health as exemplified by research, publication, or conceptual development. Nominate a deserving colleague for this award. The nomination should include a cover letter stating why the person is deserving of the award and curriculum vitae or resume that outline the nominee’s accomplishments and commitment to pediatric nutrition.  Click here to submit an application.

Published Research Award

The award recognized outstanding research in pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health by a PNPG member published in a peer-reviewed journal. Selection criteria are as follows: (1) PNPG membership for at least two years, (2) being first author or having a primary role in the research and manuscript development of a publication describing research applied to pediatric nutrition and/or maternal and child health, and (3) publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the previous calendar year. Click here to submit an application.

Research Grant Award

The PNPG Research Grant award will provide $5,000 to support research in the area of pediatric nutrition and encourage PNPG members to pursue research within their institutions. To be eligible for the grant, at least one of the investigators must be a member of PNPG. The project must be completed within one year of the award, and any manuscripts or materials resulting from the supported research will credit PNPG with the support provided. Members without research experience are encouraged to apply and receive mentoring through the PNPG Research Mentoring Committee. The funded project must be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (if appropriate) or granted exempt status before funds will be distributed.  Click here to submit an application.

Creative Nutrition Education Award

Eligibility criteria for this award are as follow: (1) applicants must be PNPG members for at least two years prior to applying; 2) the educational approach is used in the practice where the applicant is affiliated, (3) applicants may not win the award more than once in a three year period; and (4) a commercial firm or a national organization may not have developed the education approach. To be considered for the award, the applicant should prepare a summary or outline of no more than two typewritten pages describing the project (objective, methods, budget, and effectiveness/evaluation). Applicants will be considered for this award based on originality, appropriateness, quality of content, pediatric nutrition application, effectiveness, learner participation, and aesthetics and technical quality (for tools only).  Click here to submit an application.

Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship

PNPG is again proud to offer the Dietetic Internship/Pre-Professional Scholarship to current members who are enrolled in CADE-accredited internships or pre-professional practice programs.  The scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year is for those intending to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition after completion of their current training program, in the academic year of 2016-17.  The amount of the scholarship is $500.  Qualifications: (1) Intent to pursue a career in pediatric nutrition after completion of the current program; (2) Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.  Preference will be given to a candidate with pediatric experience. Applications for this scholarship must be submitted by April 15, 2017 - click here to apply.

Grant and Award Recipients

Outstanding Member of the Year

PNPG is proud to announce our 2017 Outstanding Member of the Year, Susan Konek, MA, RD, CSP, LD, FAND. Susan has been leading and supporting pediatric dietitians for most of her professional life in her position as Director of Clinical Nutrition for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as a Clinical Nutrition Manager and critical care pediatric RD for A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, as a clinical dietetics coordinator and nutritional support services RD for Dayton Children’s Hospital and as a dedicated

Academy leader. She has served as an affiliate president, as a member of the House of Delegates and the Academy Quality Management Committee, and in numerous roles for PNPG including chair-elect, chair, past-chair, PNPG Post Editor and Advisor. Congratulations Susan and thank you for all of your dedication and service to pediatric nutrition!

Published Research Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Carvalho-Salemi, MPH, RDN, LD, CNSC for receiving the Published Research Award for her publication “Malnutrition among Hospitalized Children in the United States: Changing Prevalence, Clinical Correlates, and Practice Patterns between 2002 and 2011.” The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the first to use multiple nationally representative U.S. databases to characterize the prevalence and temporal trends in pediatric malnutrition diagnoses and coding, to identify subgroups at the highest risk for pediatric malnutrition, to determine the effect of pediatric malnutrition on morbidity and inpatient mortality and hospital use, and to pinpoint gaps in the ascertainment and coding of pediatric malnutrition in hospital settings that may lead to underdiagnosis and treatment. The study was awarded Abstract of Distinction and Best of Clinical Nutrition Week by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Kudos to Jennifer for undertaking and publishing this important work!

Creative Nutrition Education Award

Amy E. Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD will be leading a team to produce and evaluate a video on the Pureed by G-tube Diet (PBGT) to be used in educating families and other health care professionals. The PBGT diet is widely used at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for children with G-tubes, and the video will allow for improved follow-up with families and for Amy and her colleagues to easily share the benefits of their experience with other health care professionals, students and dietetic interns. Congratulations Amy!

Research Grant Award

PNPG is thrilled to announce that there were multiple outstanding applications for the research award this year. Congratulations to the primary investigators who were selected for funding:

Natasha Chong Cole, MPH, RD is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her study aims to determine the influence of genetics and responsiveness of the parental feeding environment on picky eating behavior in children aged 12-24 months from an ongoing longitudinal birth cohort.
Joyanna Hansen, PhD, RD, LD is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics and Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at Oregon Health & Science University. Her study aims to assess current practices in implementing a simplified approach to medical nutrition therapy for children with phenylketonuria (PKU), and the effectiveness of this approach.

Nida I. Shaikh, PhD, RD is currently a Post-Doctoral fellow at Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her study aims to develop and evaluate the reproducibility and validity of a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire for Asian Indian adolescents.

Diane Vizthum, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN is currently a research dietitian at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She will be measuring resting metabolic rate in a sample of obese, primarily African American adolescents using indirect calorimetry and evaluating the validity of several predictive equations. If needed, her team will develop a new predictive equation. 

Pre-Professional Practice Scholarship

PNPG is proud to announce that the Pre-Professional Practice Scholarship was awarded to Nichole Bencie. Nichole graduated from Kent State University with a BS in Nutrition in May 2017 and will be completing the Cleveland Clinic Dietetic Internship. Nichole has multiple pediatric nutrition community service experiences, including as a Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program volunteer with the YMCA, a healthy snack volunteer with the Child Development Center at Kent State University and a volunteer with the Ghana Permaculture Institute. She is interested in making a difference in global pediatric nutrition. Congratulations Nichole!


Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Deborah Salvatore for receiving the Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship. Deborah has been a registered dietitian for 10 years. She has an Associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, a Bachelors and Masters in Nutrition from The Sage Colleges and is currently working on her Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. Deborah worked as an outpatient clinical dietitian with a Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Division and Cystic Fibrosis Center for 5 years and for the last 3 years has been working with pediatrician offices. She works with children and their families who have various nutritional issues including failure to thrive, overweight/obesity, constipation, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies, cystic fibrosis, tube feedings and more. In addition to her clinical duties, Deborah is an adjunct professor for Suffolk Community College’s Dietetic Technician program and has taught graduate classes at Long Island University Post.  Congratulations Deborah!


Past PNPG's Recipients of Grants and Awards

Outstanding Member of the Year

2017      Susan Konek, MA, RD, CSP, LD,  FAND

2016      Linda Heller, MS, RD, CSP, CLC, FAND

2015      Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RDN

2014      Liesje Carney, RD, CSP, LDN

2013      Beverly Henry, PhD, RD

2012      Mimi Kaufman, MPH, RD, LD

2011      Deb Hutsler, MS, RD, LD

2010      Aida Miles, MMSc, RD, CSP, LD, CNSD

2009      Virginia H. Carney, RD, LD, IBCLC

2008      Nancy Nevin-Folino, MEd, RD, CSP, LD, FADA

2007      Josephine Cialone, MS, RD.

2006      Robyn Wong, MPH, RD, CSP

2005      Ellen Bowser, MS, RD, CSP, LD, RN

2004      Leila T. Beker, PhD, RD, LD

2003      Sandra T. Robbins, RD, CSP, LDN

1998      Barbara Emison Gaffield, MS, RD


Published Research Award

2017      Jennifer Carvalho-Salemi, MPH, RDN, LD, CNSC

2016      Kayla Bridges, MS, RD-AP, CSP, CNSC, FAND

2015      Diane Stadler, PhD, RDN

2014      Constantina Papoutsakis, PhD, RD

2013      Shelby Wilson, MPH

2012      Teresa Johnson, DCN, RD, LD

2011      Irene E. Olsen Shingara, PhD, RD, LD

2010      Sandy Van Calcar, PhD, RD

"Articles of Distinction" Recognition given to:

Susan M. Gross, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN

Amy K. Resnik, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, LDN

Irene E. Olsen Shingara, PhD, RD, LDN

Jamie Stang, PhD, MPH, RD

2008      Christine M. Hardy Framson, PhD, RD

2007      Constantina Papoutsakis, PhD, RD

2006      Lynn S. Brann, PhD, RD

2005      Peggy Papathakis, MS, RD

2004      Barb Kuzma O'Reilly, MA, RD, LD            

1998      Leila Beker

Research Grant Award

2017      Natasha Chong Cole, MPH, RD

              Joyanna Hansen, PhD, RD, LD

              Nida I. Shaikh, PhD, RD

              Diane Vizthum, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

2015      Dena Herman Mendes, PhD, RDN

2014      Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

2013      Melissa Edwards, RD and Beth Ogata, MS, RD

2012      Kristine Jordan, PhD, RD

  Ruth Williams, EdD, MS, RD

2011      Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

2008      Patricia A. Esposito, MS, RD, CDN, CNSD

2006      Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

2004      Cheryl S. Lair, RD, CSP, LD, CNSD

Creative Nutrition Education Award

2017      Amy E. Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD

2014      Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2013      Teresie Mosby, EdD, RD, CSP, LDN, IBCLC

2012      Mary Barnes, MS, RD

2011      Melissa Pflugh Prescott, MS, RD, CDN

2009      Barbara Baron, MS, RD, CDN

2008      Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2007      Verna Baker, MS, RD, LD

2005      Laurie Bernstein, MS, RD, FADA

2004      Beth Zupic-Kania, RD, CD

2003      Cathy McCarroll, MPH, RD, LD


Dietetic Internship/Pre-professional Scholarship

2017      Nichole Bencie

2016      Ashley Hobar

2015      Kaitlyn Elizabeth Philipps

2014      Perrin Tamblyn

2012      Lindsay Raub

2010      Deonna Hughes

2009      Deonna Hughes

2008      Lauren Rose Cavanaugh June

2007      Alizabeth Neu, BS

2006      Jennifer Jerles, BS

2005      Aimee Morin, BS, BA

2004      Melissa Metz, BS

2003      Jennifer Bott, BS

ADA/ANDF Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship (awarded in spring for next academic year)

2016      Deborah E Salvatore, MS, CDN

2015      Rachael Patusco, MS, RD, CSP

2014      Rosanna P. Watowicz

2013      Beth Conlon, MS, RD

2012      Lori Bechard, MEd, RD, LDN

2011      Meredith M. Bruening, MPH, RD

2010      Meredith M. Bruening, MPH, RD

2009      Chandra D. Hughes

2008      Brittani R. Padellford

2007      Jillian B. Cooper

2006      Katherine J. Irwin

2005      Shira B. Feldman, RD

2004      Michelle P. Judge, RD

2002      Keecha Harris, DRPH

2001      Lynn Brann, PhD, RD, FAND

1999      Ruth Williams-Hooker, MS, RD, FAND

1998      Melanie Desapri, MS, RD, LD, CNSD

1996      Sharon Groh-Wargo, RD

1994      Pamela T. Price, MS, RD

1993      Rebecca L. Biga, MS, RD

1992      Elizabeth Adams, PhD

1990      Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD

1989      Linda Nebeling, PhD, MPH, RD, FADA, FAND

1988      Maureen Murtaugh, PhD, RDN

1987      Colleen Mathews, RD


Note: members whose names vary from Academy and PNPG membership information may have been unintentionally excluded from this list. If you have historical knowledge of past PNPG grant and award winners, please contact the Website Monitor at with corrections/additions.