PPRG Leaders

Helen J. Binns, MD, MPH

Director of PPRG, Children’s Memorial Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine,
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
2300 Children’s Plaza Box#157
Chicago, IL 60614
phone: 312 573-7782
email:

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Dr. Binns directs the Nutritional Evaluation and Lead Evaluation Clinics at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. She completed medical school at Northwestern University and a pediatric residency and Ambulatory Pediatrics Fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital. In 1996, she completed a MPH degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Binns directs the Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG), a practice-based research network, and has extensive experience with practice-based research in primary care settings. Her research has focused on nutrition, tobacco and lead poisoning prevention. She currently is chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health and the AAP liaison to the CDC Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Adolfo J. Ariza, MD

Associate Director of PPRG, Children’s Memorial Hospital
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
2300 Children’s Plaza Box#157
Chicago, IL 60614
phone: 312 573-7783
email:

 

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Dr. Ariza completed his residency training in pediatrics in Argentina and a nutrition fellowship there in 1995. Dr. Ariza is experienced in practice-based research. He has been a participant in PPRG projects over the past 12 years; he has worked as a planning manager, co-investigator and principal investigator for various research projects funded by federal and private agencies. The research projects in which he is involved are completely aligned with the development of research programs aimed at fostering healthier lifestyles by focusing on prevention of adverse effects of unhealthy lifestyles early in life. He is the former Planning and Program Director for the Nutrition Evaluation Clinic at Children's Memorial Hospital. He has managed the development of the software systems to be used in evaluation and intervention aspects of studies that focus on health promotion in primary care. He has also participated in the development of tools and methods to improve obesity care in primary care practices. Dr. Ariza has a particular interest in issues related to the Hispanic community.

John V. Lavigne, PhD, ABPP

Chief Psychologist, Children’s Memorial Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics,
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
2300 Children’s Plaza Box#10
Chicago, IL 60614
phone: 312 573-7790
email:

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Dr. Lavigne is the Chief Psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Memorial Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine. He obtained the Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and completed his internship at Duke University Medical School the same year. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Psychology, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Lavigne has long-standing interests ways to improve the delivery of psychological services in primary care pediatrics, the behavior problems of preschoolers, and improving outcomes of child psychotherapy. He is currently the principal investigator on two NIMH-funded studies, one on ways to improve the use of stimulant medicine for the treatment of ADHD in pediatric primary care, and another on the risk factors for the development of ODD, anxiety, and depression in young children.

 

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