Health Services & Policy Research

The Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy (SCHROA) Center addresses important clinical and public health problems of children through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary methods and collaborations.

Faculty and research staff in the SCHROA Center engage in extramurally and philanthropically supported research to advance knowledge about the natural history, biological, psychological, social and environmental causes of common and prominent child health problems.  The program also partners with many community-based organizations and engages with policymakers to translate evidence into effective clinical and public health interventions and policy.  In addition, in partnership with the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s, the SCHROA Center trains the next generation of child health professionals and researchers with its interdisciplinary, collaborative public health-aware approach to investigation in a fellowship program that sponsors its trainees to acquire master’s-level training in research.

About the Center

Launched in 2000 with a generous gift from Mrs. Mary Ann Smith in memory of her late husband, J. Milburn Smith, the center consists of several core research programs that possess unique expertise and resources. Together the programs strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration and academic competitiveness. The center is well positioned as a leader and key participant in the area of population health.

Research Groups

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Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP, Director, Smith Child Health Research, Chief of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care, Associate Chief Research Officer for Health Services and Policy Research, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, and Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Michelle Macy, MD, Assistant Director, Smith Child Health Research, and Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine

Core Staff

  • Stephanie Pelligra, MPH, Sr. Director/Division Administrator
  • Lauren Seemeyer, Operations Director
  • Tami Bartell, MPH, Project Manager
  • Davida R. Kay, Sr. Administrative Assistant, Academics 
  • Ieshia Johnson, MPH, Administrative Assistant, Academic 

Contact Information

Awards & Accolades

Lurie Children's is proud to be recognized for the following awards, accolades and achievements.

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