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The Team

Craig Garfield, MD, MAPP

Attending Physician, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital-Based Medicine) and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Craig Garfield, MD, introduced the Family & Child Health Innovations Program in 2020 as a way to improve child health outcomes by understanding of the roles of parents in a wide variety of family contexts, and identifying how to enhance parental contributions to children’s health and development.

Dr. Garfield is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Social Science at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician at Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  He focuses on child health within the context of the family, with an emphasis on the social influencers of health, the role of fathers and special attention to the ability of technology to support parenting.

See his Lurie Children's profile.


Clarissa Simon, PhD, MPH

Clarissa Simon, PhD, MPH, is a health scientist with an educational background in epidemiology, child development, social physiology, neuropsychology, and social policy. Her research interests include family health and contexts, parental stress, and biological correlates of parenting behaviors during the transition to parenthood. While not working as the research coordinator for FCHIP, she is a devoted mother to three children, ranging in age from toddler to teen.


Katelyn Kanwischer, MS

Katelyn Kanwischer, MS, currently serves as the Associate Director of the Family & Child Health Innovations Program housed within the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research and Evaluation Center. She has a background in developmental psychology and has spent her career focusing on the health of families through policy, advocacy, and community programming. She also serves as the Associate Director of the ConnecTeen program for pregnant and parenting youth. 


Zecilly Guzman

Zecilly Guzman is a Behavioral Research Coordinator at Lurie Children's Hospital for 1) FCHIP and its research on families and fathers; 2) the Genetics & Justice laboratory, which focuses on the non-medical applications of DNA in immigration; and 3) the Multidisciplinary Engagement Core and its digital approach to research. She double-majored in Biology and Neuroscience and graduated Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago in 2018. Outside of her work at Lurie Children’s, Zecilly enjoys volunteering in her community, spending time with family, and running. She hopes to run another half-marathon soon.


Sarah Genelly

Sarah Genelly is a third-year undergraduate student at Northwestern University, pursuing majors in Neuroscience and Global health. She is a student intern with FCHIP focused on influences on health outcomes in children. Specifically, Sarah is focused on how education initiatives for fathers impact various health outcomes for their children. On campus, Sarah is part of Northwestern's Emergency Medical Organization and is currently working to receive her EMT-B license. In her free time, Sarah loves to spend time with friends and family. She enjoys baking, watching movies, and playing the board games with friends.