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Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH

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Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH

Pediatrics-Inpatient

On staff since April 1998

Children's Title: Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

Academic Title: Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"What’s very exciting to me is not my research alone but being part of a larger enterprise doing such important work. I’m surrounded by talented, energetic people attacking autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, depression, obesity. You name it, and we’re buzzing here — trying to make a difference in the lives of children in our community and around the world. And I think we are making a difference."

Making a Difference

Overview

Board Certification(s)
Pediatrics
Medical/Professional School
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Residency
Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Research Description

The first years of children's lives are critically important for children?s lifelong development. Consider that a newborn's brain triples in size in the first two years after birth. This immense growth happens in direct response to the environment that that infant experiences. Consider further that as many as half of children from lower income families start kindergarten without the basic skills they need to learn and that educational gap puts them at a disadvantage throughout school.

Dr. Christakis, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Child Health Institute at the University of Washington, and a pediatrician at Children's Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Christakis is the author of over 100 original research articles and a textbook of pediatrics. He is also the author of The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television work for your kids. (September 2006; Rodale) Dr. Christakis is an international expert on children and media. His research focuses on the effects of media on child health and development and has been featured on Anderson Cooper 360, the Today Show, ABC, NBC, and CBS news as well as all major national newspapers.

His research to date has included:

TV viewing in the first three years of life can lead to problems with language development as well as attention and cognitive development at school age.

Playing with blocks can improve language acquisition for children ages 1.5 to 2.5 years of age.

Watching violent cartoons during preschool ages is associated with aggression at ages 7-10 whereas watching educational programming is not.

His current research includes:

Helping parents make better media choices for their preschoolers and effects on their behavior at school age.

Distributing computers with educational software to low income families to try and improve kindergarten readiness.

Lab URL

http://www.maketvwork.com

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Publications

Infant media viewing: first, do no harm.
Pediatric annals , 2010 Sep: 578-82
American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy statement--sexuality, contraception, and the media.
Pediatrics , 2010 Sep: 576-82
Making research matter: promoting dissemination and sustainability.
Academic pediatrics , 2010 Sep-Oct: 283-4
A content analysis of displayed alcohol references on a social networking web site.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2010 Aug: 168-75
Influence of experiences from birth to 5 years of age on emotional and psychological health.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2010 May: 491-2
Television viewing by young Hispanic children: evidence of heterogeneity.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2010 Feb: 174-9
Nutrition menu labeling may lead to lower-calorie restaurant meal choices for children.
Pediatrics , 2010 Feb: 244-8
Preschool-aged children's television viewing in child care settings.
Pediatrics , 2009 Dec: 1627-32
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Policy statement--Media violence.
Pediatrics , 2009 Nov: 1495-503
Afraid in the hospital: parental concern for errors during a child's hospitalization.
Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine , 2009 Nov: 521-7
Trapped in the net: will internet addiction become a 21st-century epidemic?
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2009 Oct: 959-60
Real use or "real cool": adolescents speak out about displayed alcohol references on social networking websites.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2009 Oct: 420-2
Airway procedures and hemangiomas: treatment patterns and outcome in U.S. pediatric hospitals.
International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology , 2009 Sep: 1302-7
Teaching by listening: the importance of adult-child conversations to language development.
Pediatrics , 2009 Jul: 342-9
Audible television and decreased adult words, infant vocalizations, and conversational turns: a population-based study.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2009 Jun: 554-8
Neonatal seizures: treatment and treatment variability in 31 United States pediatric hospitals.
Journal of child neurology , 2009 Feb: 148-54
Reducing at-risk adolescents' display of risk behavior on a social networking web site: a randomized controlled pilot intervention trial.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2009 Jan: 35-41
Display of health risk behaviors on MySpace by adolescents: prevalence and associations.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2009 Jan: 27-34
The effects of infant media usage: what do we know and what should we learn?
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) , 2009 Jan: 8-16
Language disparities and timely care for children in managed care Medicaid.
The American journal of managed care , 2008 Jul: 417-26
Variation in inpatient resource utilization and management of apparent life-threatening events.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 May: 629-35, 635.e1-2
Comida en venta: after-school advertising on Spanish-language television in the United States.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 Apr: 576-81
Health plan notification and feedback to providers is associated with increased filling of preventer medications for children with asthma enrolled in Medicaid.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 Apr: 481-8
The role of hospital profit status in pediatric spleen injury management.
Medical care , 2008 Mar: 331-8
Hospital-based influenza vaccination of children: an opportunity to prevent subsequent hospitalization.
Pediatrics , 2008 Feb: 345-8
Research ethics in the MySpace era.
Pediatrics , 2008 Jan: 157-61
The march of science.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2007 Dec: 1214-5
Toward family-centered inpatient medical care: the role of parents as participants in medical decisions.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2007 Dec: 690-5, 695.e1
Violent television viewing during preschool is associated with antisocial behavior during school age.
Pediatrics , 2007 Nov: 993-9
Associations between content types of early media exposure and subsequent attentional problems.
Pediatrics , 2007 Nov: 986-92
Associations between media viewing and language development in children under age 2 years.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2007 Oct: 364-8
Television viewing, computer use, obesity, and adiposity in US preschool children.
The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity , 2007 Sep 25: 44
A comparison of reviewers selected by editors and reviewers suggested by authors.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2007 Aug: 202-5
A cluster randomized clinical trial to improve prescribing patterns in ambulatory pediatrics.
PLoS clinical trials , 2007 May 18: e25
Television and DVD/video viewing in children younger than 2 years.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2007 May: 473-9
Dietary energy density is associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome in U.S. adults.
Diabetes care , 2007 Apr: 974-9
Institutional variation in ordering complete blood counts for children hospitalized with bronchiolitis.
Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine , 2007 Mar: 69-73
Parent use of touchscreen computer kiosks for child health promotion in community settings.
Pediatrics , 2007 Mar: 427-34
What to do about the new and growing digital divide?
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2007 Feb: 204-5
The association of maternal mental distress with television viewing in children under 3 years old.
Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2007 Jan-Feb: 32-7
A systematic review for the effects of television viewing by infants and preschoolers.
Pediatrics , 2006 Nov: 2025-31
Improving pediatric prevention via the internet: a randomized, controlled trial.
Pediatrics , 2006 Sep: 1157-66
State newborn screening in the tandem mass spectrometry era: more tests, more false-positive results.
Pediatrics , 2006 Aug: 448-56
Publication ethics: editors' perspectives.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2006 Jul: S39-42
Viewing television before age 3 is not the same as viewing television at age 5.
Pediatrics , 2006 Jul: 435; author reply 435-6
Early television viewing is associated with protesting turning off the television at age 6.
MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine , 2006 Jun 1: 63
Systematic review of the relationship between early introduction of solid foods to infants and the development of allergic disease.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2006 May: 502-7
Pediatricians' clinical decision making: results of 2 randomized controlled trials of test performance characteristics.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2006 May: 487-92
Dietary energy density is associated with selected predictors of obesity in U.S. Children.
The Journal of nutrition , 2006 May: 1318-22
The hidden and potent effects of television advertising.
JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2006 Apr 12: 1698-9
Media as a public health issue.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2006 Apr: 445-6
Prevention of deaths from harmful drinking in the United States: the potential effects of tax increases and advertising bans on young drinkers.
Journal of studies on alcohol , 2006 Mar: 300-8
Primary language of parent is associated with disparities in pediatric preventive care.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2006 Feb: 254-8
Risk of death for children with down syndrome and sepsis.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2005 Dec: 748-52
Risk of death for children with down syndrome and sepsis.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2005 Dec: 748-52
Hospital characteristics associated with the management of pediatric splenic injuries.
JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2005 Nov 23: 2611-7
Hospital characteristics associated with the management of pediatric splenic injuries.
JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2005 Nov 23: 2611-7
Medicaid acceptance and availability of timely follow-up for newborns with Medicaid.
Pediatrics , 2005 Nov: 1148-54
Medicaid acceptance and availability of timely follow-up for newborns with Medicaid.
Pediatrics , 2005 Nov: 1148-54
The association between television viewing and irregular sleep schedules among children less than 3 years of age.
Pediatrics , 2005 Oct: 851-6
Pediatricians' screening urinalysis practices.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2005 Sep: 362-5
Association between parental satisfaction and antibiotic prescription for children with cough and cold symptoms.
The Pediatric infectious disease journal , 2005 Sep: 774-7
Parental emotional support and subsequent internalizing and externalizing problems among children.
Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP , 2005 Aug: 267-75
Children's television viewing and cognitive outcomes: a longitudinal analysis of national data.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2005 Jul: 619-25
Cigarette tax increase and media campaign cost of reducing smoking-related deaths.
American journal of preventive medicine , 2005 Jul: 19-26
Nonfebrile illness seizures: a unique seizure category?
Epilepsia , 2005 Jun: 952-5
Compliance with guidelines for the medical care of first urinary tract infections in infants: a population-based study.
Pediatrics , 2005 Jun: 1474-8
Early cognitive stimulation, emotional support, and television watching as predictors of subsequent bullying among grade-school children.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2005 Apr: 384-8
Variation in inpatient diagnostic testing and management of bronchiolitis.
Pediatrics , 2005 Apr: 878-84
Infection control policies and hospital-associated infections among surgical patients: variability and associations in a multicenter pediatric setting.
Pediatrics , 2005 Apr: e387-92
Perceptions about computers and the internet in a pediatric clinic population.
Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2005 Mar-Apr: 122-6
A systematic review of school-based smoking prevention trials with long-term follow-up.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2005 Mar: 162-9
Household computer and Internet access: The digital divide in a pediatric clinic population.
AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium , 2005: 111-5
Emergency department use and perceived delay in accessing illness care among children with Medicaid.
Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2004 Nov-Dec: 509-13
Television, video, and computer game usage in children under 11 years of age.
The Journal of pediatrics , 2004 Nov: 652-6
Duplicate publication.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2004 Sep: 926
Use of incident reports by physicians and nurses to document medical errors in pediatric patients.
Pediatrics , 2004 Sep: 729-35
Continuity of binge and harmful drinking from late adolescence to early adulthood.
Pediatrics , 2004 Sep: 714-9
Mental illness hospitalizations of youth in Washington State.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2004 Aug: 781-5
Prevention of smoking-related deaths in the United States.
American journal of preventive medicine , 2004 Aug: 118-25
Mortality attributable to harmful drinking in the United States, 2000.
Journal of studies on alcohol , 2004 Jul: 530-6
Can continuity of care be improved? Results from a randomized pilot study.
Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2004 Jul-Aug: 336-9
Quality of care for medicaid-covered youth treated with antidepressant therapy.
Archives of general psychiatry , 2004 May: 475-80
Tinker, tailor, soldier, patient: work attributes and depression disparities among young adults.
Social science & medicine (1982) , 2004 May: 1889-901
Early television exposure and subsequent attentional problems in children.
Pediatrics , 2004 Apr: 708-13
The effect of point-of-care personal digital assistant use on resident documentation discrepancies.
Pediatrics , 2004 Mar: 450-4
Pediatricians' use of and attitudes about personal digital assistants.
Pediatrics , 2004 Feb: 238-42
Smoking cessation interventions for adolescents: a systematic review.
American journal of preventive medicine , 2003 Nov: 363-7
Pediatric smoking prevention interventions delivered by care providers: a systematic review.
American journal of preventive medicine , 2003 Nov: 358-62
Depression in Medicaid-covered youth: differences by race and ethnicity.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2003 Oct: 984-9
Continuity of care: process or outcome?
Annals of family medicine , 2003 Sep-Oct: 131-3
Provision of pneumococcal prophylaxis for publicly insured children with sickle cell disease.
JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2003 Aug 27: 1057-61
Antiemetic use for acute gastroenteritis in children.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2003 May: 475-9
Resident documentation discrepancies in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Pediatrics , 2003 May: 976-80
Continuity of care is associated with well-coordinated care.
Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2003 Mar-Apr: 82-6
Continuity of care for children in foster care.
Pediatrics , 2003 Mar: e208-13
Impact factor: a valid measure of journal quality?
Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA , 2003 Jan: 42-6
Trends in pediatric hospitalizations of children in washington state by insurance and chronic condition status, 1991-1998.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2002 Jul: 703-9
Characteristics of deaths occurring in children's hospitals: implications for supportive care services.
Pediatrics , 2002 May: 887-93
Continuity of care is associated with high-quality careby parental report.
Pediatrics , 2002 Apr: e54
Lactobacillus therapy for acute infectious diarrhea in children: a meta-analysis.
Pediatrics , 2002 Apr: 678-84
Where do children with complex chronic conditions die? Patterns in Washington State, 1980-1998.
Pediatrics , 2002 Apr: 656-60
Health care use by children diagnosed as having developmental delay.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2002 Mar: 246-51
A systematic review of nonpharmacological and nonsurgical therapies for gastroesophageal reflux in infants.
Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2002 Feb: 109-13

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Seattle Children's Research Institute
CW8-6 Child Health, Behavior and Development
2001 Eighth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
206-884-8266

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