Current Projects

Safe and Healthy Homes (abstract)
This project seeks to prevent childhood lead poisoning through a collaborative community effort launched to provide education and resources on the dangers and abatement of lead contaminated dwellings and its impact on children and their families in Chicago’s underserved populations.
Principal Investigator: Helen J. Binns, MD, MPH
Project Partners: Metropolitan Tenants Organization, IL Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
Sponsor: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Developing and Testing Feasibility of a Tailored Lifestyle Intervention Program to Assist Clinical Practices in Treating Overweight Children (abstract)
This project will develop a program that uses contacts with a trained Lifestyle Coach and information form visits to their child’s doctor to help parents overcome barriers to achieving a healthier weight for their child.
Principal Investigator: Linda Van Horn, PhD, Northwestern University
Project Partners: Northwestern University Preventive Medicine/Nutrition
Sponsor: Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)

Improving Medication Use for ADHD in Primary Care (abstract)
A randomized trial of a practice- and physician-directed intervention on treatment and monitoring procedures to improve the use of stimulants in primary care pediatric settings.
Principal Investigator: John Lavigne, PhD
Project Partners: Children’s Memorial Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Sponsor: National Institutes of Mental Health

A Prospective Study of CFS in Adolescents (abstract)
To prospectively study the relationship between infectious mononucleosis and chronic fatigue syndrome in teenagers.
Principal Investigator: Ben Katz, MD, Children’s Memorial Hospital; Renee Taylor, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Project Partners: Children’s Memorial Hospital Infectious Diseases, University of Illinois at Chicago Occupational Therapy
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

ODD/Depression in Young Children: Developmental Aspects (abstract)
Parents and Children Together: Studying the Origins of Healthy, Happy Children
To prospectively examine family and child factors that contribute to the maintenance of a healthy behavioral development or the emergence, persistence, or disappearance of child behavioral conditions among preschool and early school-age children.
Principal Investigator: John Lavigne, PhD
Project Partners: IL Institute of Technology Psychology
Sponsor: National Institutes of Mental Health

Recent Past

Tools, Teamwork, & Tenacity (abstract)
The TTT project is a 2-year pilot to provide in-office systems and training to enhance care delivery related to the prevention and management of overweight children. This project is a component of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children's "Expanding Obesity Prevention Programs" initiative.
Principal Investigator: Adam Becker, PhD, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)
Project Partners: Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)
Sponsor: Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

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