Smith Child Health Catalyst

The Smith Child Health Catalyst provides activation energy to advance community and population health, outcomes research, and evaluation focused on children and families within Lurie Children's and beyond. The Catalyst team includes scientific leads and content experts who have the knowledge, resources, and skills to support a broad range of quantitative research, qualitative research, and evaluation-related work. 

If you are looking to begin or enhance your research or evaluation efforts with the Catalyst team, please complete the form below. 

For questions or more information, contact

Catalyst Request Form

Type of Requests (Three Levels of Engagement)

  • Consultation: Request for a 30- to 60-minute consultation with a Catalyst staff member. This free service can include learning more about our services or brainstorming to clarify your needs.  
  • Service provision: Request to utilize Catalyst services or Catalyst staff/expertise to complete project activities.  
  • Team science: Request to include Catalyst faculty and/or staff on a project at the grant proposal or planning stage.  

Type of Services   

Consultations, service provisions, and collaboration/team science requests are available for the following services:  

  • Program evaluation  
  • Scientific and evaluation contributions to proposal development  
  • Developing survey, interview, and focus group questions and protocols  
  • Use of the Voices of Child Health in Chicago Parent Panel (VOCHIC) 
  • Patient, family, and community-engaged research 
  • Research in the primary care community practice setting 
  • Identifying, recruiting, engaging, and retaining participants 
  • Data collection (survey, needs assessment, interviews, focus groups) 
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis 
  • Dissemination of results   
  • And so much more 

2023 Service Bundles and Rates

Catalyst services are grouped into five separate bundles and rates. View details here.


Meet the Catalyst Team  

  • Michelle L. Macy, MD, MS Director, Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research and Evaluation Center, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
  • Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine (Public Health Practice), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Evaluation Lead, Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities  
  • Adolfo J. Ariza, MD, Director, Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG)   
  • Michael S. Carroll, PhD, Director, Computational Informatics and Visualization Laboratory, and Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
  • Marie E. Heffernan, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and Associate Director, Voices of Child Health in Chicago
  • Emily R. Golbeck, MBA, CCRP, Associate Director, Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation Center
  • MicKayla Jones, MPH, Research Program Manager
  • Leo Barrera, MPH, Research Scientist 
  • Ashley A. Hayes, Behavioral Research Coordinator II
  • Zecilly Guzman, Behavioral Research Coordinator II