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

How much is harmful? New guidelines released on screen time for young children – 06.01.17 – The Globe and Mail. Canadian pediatricians are hearing more and more questions from parents who want to know if the old rules around kids and TV viewing still apply in the new age. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said the rise of touch-screen technology was “fundamentally a game changer,” for researchers who study child development. Christakis, who co-authored the recent AAP policy statement on screen time, said the research on these products is in its infancy and the vast majority of the hundreds of thousands of apps that market themselves as educational are not backed by any real science.

LAUGH app helps kids find their zen – using scientific research to test effectiveness – 06.02.17 – GeekWire. Catherine Mayer, a Seattle-based artist, has released her free LAUGH app, which encourages mindfulness and relaxation in children ages 4–12. The app – whose acronym stands for Let Art Unleash Great Happiness – uses drawing, music and breathing techniques to entertain as well as soothe. Mayer developed a prototype of her app and enlisted the help of Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, to determine if her app could actually promote mindfulness in children.

Study shows how tech like Fitbit and Facebook could help childhood cancer survivors stay healthy – 06.15.17 – GeekWire. We’re all familiar with Facebook and Fitbit – they’re convenient technologies that make our lives a bit easier. But scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are hoping those technologies could help solve a very specific need: helping childhood cancer survivors stay healthy. A new study led by researcher and physician Dr. Jason Mendoza tested the idea by enrolling 60 childhood cancer survivors in a pilot program that used Fitbit tracking and a Facebook support group to encourage them to be more physically active.

Herbs are helpful, but use with caution in children – 9.20.17 – Contemporary Pediatrics. More parents are using herbal medications to manage their children’s health conditions, but which ones are safe and how are they used? Dr. Cora Breuner, professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine and adjunct professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, presented trends on herbal medications in children and uses and guidelines for some of the most popular herbs at the session “Top 10 herbs: Are they safe in kids?” at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition on Sept. 17.

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.