The Team

Craig Garfield, MD, MAAP

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 Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy 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. 


Eric Goodwin

Eric Goodwin serves as FCHIP's Communications Specialist, contributing more than 18 years of non-profit communication experience to the team. At FCHIP, he currently focuses on the program's eCRM platforms. At Lurie Children's, Eric also provides communication support for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), ConnecTeen and Pediatric Research Now (PRN), all of which are housed in the Smith Child Health, Research, Outreach and Advocacy Center. Outside of his work at Lurie Children's, Eric is a husband, a father of two, as well as an avid photographer, cyclist and outdoor adventurer.