Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development (CHBD) 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.

Read more about clinical studies in children and ask your doctor or nurse about studies at Seattle Children’s that might be right for you or your child.


Collaborative care for adolescents with depression in primary care: a randomized clinical trial. Richardson LP, Ludman E, McCauley E, Lindenbaum J, Larison C, Zhou C, Clarke G, Brent D, Katon W. JAMA. 2014 Aug 27;312(8):809-16. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.9259.

Evidence-based interventions in pediatric psychology: progress over the decades. Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Sep;39(8):753-62. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu048.

The cost-effectiveness of school-based eating disorder screening. Wright DR, Austin SB, LeAnn Noh H, Jiang Y, Sonneville KR. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep;104(9):1774-82. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302018

Impact of a Pertussis Epidemic on Infant Vaccination in Washington State. Wolf ER, Opel D, DeHart MP, Warren J, Rowhani-Rahbar A. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug 18. pii: peds.2013-3637.

Parental injury and psychological health of children. Rivara FP, McCarty CA, Shandro J, Wang J, Zatzick D. Pediatrics. 2014 Jul;134(1):e88-97. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3273.


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

Team Approach Helps Teen Depression 09.09.14 – National Institutes of Health Faced with a shortage of psychiatrists who specialize in child mental health, a multidisciplinary team from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, University of Washington School of Medicine and Group Health in Seattle decided to use a strategy called “collaborative care” to treat depressed teenagers. To carry out their study, Dr. Laura Richardson and her colleagues identified 101 teens who screened positive for major depression at nine primary care clinics in the Group Health system in Washington state.

Tech issue or health issue? Pediatricians struggle to guide parents and teens 08.09.14 – The Seattle Times Your teen’s pediatrician can talk about a good diet, exercise and even tricky stuff like alcohol and safe sex. But what about smartphones, Snapchat and Facebook? Dr. Megan Moreno, the director of the social-media research team that put on the SMAHRT conference to address such popular topics, knows all about it.

Doctors Fail to Counsel Pregnant Women on Toxic Chemical Risks 06.25.2014 – The Huffington Post When Penelope Jagessar Chaffer became pregnant, her obstetrician warned her to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and mercury-laden tuna. Dangers posed to her unborn child by industrial chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and plastics, however, never came up. Birth defects, IQ losses and childhood cancers are just some of the potential risks scientists have now tied to even low levels of exposure. To address this, Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana proposed tailoring information on a patient-by-patient basis.

All aboard! Bike train research tackles childhood obesity 06.11.2014 – KOMO 4 News Dr. Jason Mendoza noticed a dramatic drop in the number of kids who ride their bikes to school. Now he hopes to change the trend by encouraging kids to hop aboard the bike train. We caught up with the bike train in a Hillman City park. One of the adult leaders was calling out instructions, saying, "Okay you guys, we're taking a new route this morning," and with calls of "let's do this!"

Outbreaks of disease may not boost vaccination rates. Here’s why 05.16.2014 – The Washington Post Health experts who hope that outbreaks of childhood illnesses might spur vaccine-refusing parents to change their stance may be discouraged by results of a large new study. "We found that compared to a point in time before the epidemic, there was no significant increase in receipt of whooping cough vaccine for infants during the epidemic," said lead researcher Dr. Elizabeth Wolf, a senior fellow at Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Are medications for bipolar, depression harmful for kids? 05.12.2014 – Q13 Fox Dr. Robert Hilt conducted a study on the effects of using various medicines to treat depression or bipolar disorder in children. He discusses the issue in this video report.

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.