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.


Parental Predictions and Perceptions Regarding Long-Term Childhood Obesity-Related Health Risks. Wright DR, Lozano P, Dawson-Hahn E, Christakis DA, Haaland WL, Basu A. Acad Pediatr. 2016 Feb 12. pii: S1876-2859(16)00064-4. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.02.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Head Impact Exposure During a Weekend Youth Soccer Tournament. Chrisman SP, Mac Donald CL, Friedman S, Andre J, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Drescher S, Stein E, Holm M, Evans N, Poliakov AV, Ching RP, Schwien CC, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP. J Child Neurol. 2016 Mar 6. pii: 0883073816634857. [Epub ahead of print]

Fit 5 Kids TV Reduction Program for Latino Preschoolers: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Mendoza JA, Baranowski T, Jaramillo S, Fesinmeyer MD, Haaland W, Thompson D, Nicklas TA. Am J Prev Med. 2016 May;50(5):584-92. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.09.017.

Language, learning, and memory in children with and without single-suture craniosynostosis. Kapp-Simon KA, Wallace E, Collett BR, Cradock MM, Crerand CE, Speltz ML. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016 Jan 1:1-11. [Epub ahead of print]


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

Seattle experts to help launch largest-ever autism research study in U.S. 04.21.15 - Seattle Times. About 50,000 people with autism and their families are being recruited to participate in the largest-ever research study of the disorder in the U.S. The UW and the Seattle Children’s Autism Center will join with nearly 20 other sites across the country to compile a database of genetic, behavioral and environmental information about people with autism, from toddlers to adults. Dr. Raphael Bernier of Seattle Children’s is quoted in this article.

Withholding recess is banned in 10 states. But it's common in Seattle 04.22.16 - This school year, Seattle Public Schools agreed to teachers' union demands for a minimum amount of recess: 30 minutes a day. Dr. Pooja Tandon, a pediatrician and researcher at Seattle Children’s is quoted in the article saying, "There’s lots of evidence that the opportunity to run around and to get that break that children get when they get recess is associated with better behavior, better learning, better attention."

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.

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.