Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development (CCHBD) brings together a diverse and talented group of researchers, united by a single goal: to collaboratively address major issues that affect the health of children everywhere. Learn more about the CCHBD.

Resources and Facilities

CCHBD’s unique resources and facilities help investigators understand and develop treatments for some of today’s most pressing childhood health problems.

Featured Research

Participate in Research

The CCHBD’s clinical studies let patients play a more active role in their own healthcare, access new treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.

Learn more about CCHBD clinical studies.

Help us answer questions about childhood health and illness, and help other children in the future. Learn more.


Health-related quality of life following pediatric critical illness. Aspesberro F, Mangione-Smith R, Zimmerman JJ. Intensive Care Med. 2015 Jul;41(7):1235-46. doi: 10.1007/s00134-015-3780-7. Epub 2015 Apr 8.

Underage college students' alcohol displays on Facebook and real-time alcohol behaviors. Moreno MA, Cox ED, Young HN, Haaland W. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Jun;56(6):646-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.02.020.

Active play opportunities at child care. Tandon PS, Saelens BE, Christakis DA. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun;135(6):e1425-31. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-2750.

Health care expenditures associated with pediatric pain-related conditions in the United States. Groenewald CB, Wright DR, Palermo TM. Pain. 2015 May;156(5):951-7. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000137.

Effectiveness of a telehealth service delivery model for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a community-based randomized controlled trial. Myers K, Vander Stoep A, Zhou C, McCarty CA, Katon W. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Apr;54(4):263-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.009.


Developing innovative treatments to potentially prevent and cure childhood illnesses takes more than just the right ideas. It also takes the right people. We are constantly seeking experienced leaders and enthusiastic emerging professionals who embrace collaboration and are committed to improving child health.

Does that sound like you? Please visit Seattle Children's careers page to find your perfect career in the CCHBD.

Our Experts in the Media

Sexting, Internet safety loom large as childhood health concerns 08.11.15 – Reuters As more kids use mobile phones and surf the web at increasingly younger ages, sexting and Internet safety are becoming bigger childhood health concerns, edging out longtime worries like smoking and teen pregnancy, a new poll suggests. Many problems highlighted in the poll are health issues without clear cures, where some of the anxiety voiced by adults may be due to uncertainty about the best prevention or treatment options, Dr. Megan Moreno, of the Center for Child Health Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s, said by email.

Can You Treat ADHD Without Drugs? 08.05.15 – WebMD Getting enough shut-eye can be a game-changer for kids with ADHD. Research shows that just an extra half-hour of sleep can help with restlessness and impulsivity. "A lot of kids with ADHD also have sleep disorders, and each condition makes the other one worse," says Dr. Mark Stein, an ADHD specialist at Seattle Children's. One of the most common sleep issues for kids with ADHD is that they can't settle down and fall asleep; then their exhaustion the next day makes their symptoms worse. While some doctors recommend sleep aids such as melatonin, you should start by practicing good sleep habits.

Are Chemical Dangers Hiding in Your Home? 07.21.15 – Everyday Health From detergents to food packaging, common household items may be exposing you and your family to chemical health hazards. While toxins such as lead, mercury, and arsenic have largely been phased out of products that people use every day, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have not. According to the Endocrine Society, EDCs can be found in pesticides, personal care products, electronics, antibacterials, textiles, and clothing. “The endocrine system is really controlling almost all major processes in the body — blood pressure, metabolism, those kinds of things that are just essential for everyday function,” says Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, associate professor at the University of Washington and an investigator at the Seattle Children's Research Institute who studies the effects of EDCs.

What does your preschooler do in day care? Not much that’s active, study says 05.18.15 – The Seattle Time Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study. Preschoolers in the Seattle study spent just a half hour playing outside and were offered less than an hour each day for indoor play at child care centers, the researchers found. Guidelines recommend at least one hour of adult-led, structured physical activity and one hour of unstructured free play time per day, according to lead author Dr. Pooja Tandon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Children need daily opportunities for physical activity not only for optimal weight status, but because physical activity promotes numerous aspects of health, development and well-being," Tandon said. "Physical activity, which in this age occurs typically in the form of play, promotes cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and mental health and is associated with academic achievement."

Collaborations and Partnerships

Collaborations and partnerships are an integral part of the CCHBD. With diverse research backgrounds, our investigators collaborate with their colleagues at Seattle Children’s, across the nation and around the world in pursuit of curing childhood illness.