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.


Structural brain differences in school-age children with and without single-suture craniosynostosis. Aldridge K, Collett BR, Wallace ER, Birgfeld C, Austin JR, Yeh R, Feil M, Kapp-Simon KA, Aylward EH, Cunningham ML, Speltz ML. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 Feb 3:1-11. doi: 10.3171/2016.9.PEDS16107. [Epub ahead of print]

Longitudinal and temporal associations between daily pain and sleep patterns after major pediatric surgery. Jennifer A. Rabbitts, M.B., Ch.B, Chuan Zhou, Ph.D, Arthi Narayananf, Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D. J Pain. 2017 Jan 25. pii: S1526-5900(17)30020-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.01.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Auditing access to outpatient rehabilitation services for children with traumatic brain injury and public insurance in Washington State. Molly M. Fuentes, MD, MS, Leah Thompson, BA, D. Alex Quistberg, PhD, Wren L.Haaland, MPH, Karin Rhodes, MD, MS, Deborah Kartin, PhD, PT, Cheryl Kerfeld, PhD, PT, Susan Apkon, MD, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jan 23. pii: S0003-9993(17)30015-1. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.12.013. [Epub ahead of print]

Neural and behavioral suppression of interfering flankers by children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Susan Fajaa, Tessa Clarkson, Sara Jane Webb. Neuropsychologia. Volume 93, Part A, December 2016, Pages 251–261


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

Sophie the Giraffe has mold? Should parents worry?01.30.17 – Healthline Sophie the Giraffe, a teething toy designed for children 18 months and under, is the latest item geared toward babies that is under fire by parents who discovered mold inside the toy’s cavity. Healthline turned to pediatricians at two of the country’s top children's hospitals to get their take on the issue of mold growing inside toys. One was Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana of Seattle Children’s who said this isn’t the first time mold has been known to grow inside a toy, and it likely won’t be the last.

These secret hashtags teens use on social media promote dangerous behavior02.01.17 – Parents Researchers have found hidden hashtags teens are using on social media to connect with others engaging in risky or self-harming behavior. Why, you may be wondering, would teens want to divulge this type of self-harming behavior to a bunch of strangers? According to Dr. Megan Moreno, who practices adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, it's so they will feel less alone.

Concussed kids who get active early seem to recover better – 12.20.16 – MedPage Today Children and adolescents who engaged in physical activity within 7 days after sustaining an acute concussion were less likely to manifest persistent symptoms than inactive kids, according to a multicenter study. “This study really opens the door to a lot of research,” noted Dr. Sara Chrisman of Seattle Children's Research Institute, and co-author of an accompanying editorial. “This is just the first step. The next step is ... to see if you randomize, do you have the same kinds of effects?” In the editorial with Dr. Frederick Rivara, also of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Chrisman wrote that “overall, this study was carefully designed and the findings support the concept that earlier physical activity after concussion may be associated with beneficial outcomes.”

Seattle Children's expands mental and behavioral health services in Benton and Franklin Counties with PAL Plus pilot – 1.5.17 – MarketWatchSeattle Children's has launched PAL Plus, a pilot program that increases access to mental and behavioral health services for underserved and economically disadvantaged children in Benton and Franklin counties. PAL Plus, the first program of its kind in the state, offers in-person counseling sessions with local behavioral health providers and will track the mental health treatment progress and outcomes of its patients. “Mental and behavioral health concerns have become increasingly common reasons why children visit their primary care providers,” said Dr. Robert Hilt, who led the design of the program and serves as the Director of Partnership Access Line (PAL) and Community Leadership at Seattle Children's. “Providing adequate mental and behavioral health support for children is a challenge everywhere, but especially in rural areas of our state. We are hoping to change that with PAL Plus.”

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.