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.


Evaluating College Students' Displayed Alcohol References on Facebook and Twitter. Megan A. Moreno, Alina Arseniev-Koehlera, Dana Litt, Dimitri Christakis. Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 58, Issue 5, May 2016, Pages 527–532

Upper respiratory infection during pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes among offspring. Samantha E. Parker, Virginia A. Lijewskia, Patricia A. Janulewicz, Brent R. Collett, Matthew L. Speltz, Martha M. Werler. Neurotoxicology and Teratology (2016) doi:10.1016/ [Epub ahead of print]

Concussion management in US college football: progress and pitfalls. Christine M Baugh, Emily Kroshus. Concussion. 2016 Mar; 1(1): CNC6.

Functional outcomes during inpatient rehabilitation for American Indian and Alaska Native children with traumatic brain injury. Molly M. Fuentes, Nathalia Jimenez, Susan D. Apkon, Frederick P. Rivara. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach 9 (2016) 133–141


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

Meet a quiet hero of health care in Seattle’s Central District: Dr. Benjamin Danielson 04.25.16 - Seattle Times. Dr. Benjamin Danielson, medical director of Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, connects patients to resources to tackle the roots of health problems.

UWTV BrainWorks: How Exercise Affects the Brain 05.09.16 – UWTV. Join UWTV Brainworks host, Eric Chudler, as he takes viewers on a journey inside the human brain with a goal of educating children in the wonders of science and medicine. In this episode of BrainWorks, learn how exercise positively impacts brain health, featuring Seattle Children’s pediatrician and researcher Dr. Pooja Tandon.

Pediatrics experts make recommendations to curb 'virtual violence' in children's lives 07.18.16 – CBC News Screen violence, which includes violence in video games, television shows and movies, is associated with aggressive behavior, aggressive thoughts and angry feelings in children, according to a policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute and lead author of the statement, reviewed and summarized more than a dozen studies and meta-analyses about the effects of virtual violence and aggression on children's attitudes and behaviors. After the review, the statement authors made specific recommendations for doctors, parents, the media industry and policy makers to better prohibit easy access to violent media for young children.

For some rural teens, psychiatric help is now just a TV screen away 08.04.16 – TIME With few child and adolescent psychiatrists available, "telehealth" is one way for mental health professionals to stretch their expertise a little further. “It is part of an evolving landscape that has to change to get kids the services they need, and this is one very good part of that,” says Dr. Kathleen Myers, program director for telepsychiatry and behavioral health at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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.