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.


Head Impact Exposure During a Weekend Youth Soccer Tournament. Chrisman SP, MacDonald 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 Jul:31(8):971-8.

The Costs and Cos-effectiveness of Collaborative Care for Adolescents with Depression in Primary Care Settings: A Randomized Clinical TrialWright DR, Haaland WL, Ludman E, McCauley E, Lindenbaum J, Richardson LP. The Costs and Cost-effectiveness of Collaborative Care for Adolescents With Depression in Primary Care Settings A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 19, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1721

The DNA cytosine deaminase APOBEC3B promotes tamoxifen resistance in ER-positive breast cancer. Science Advances. Law EK, Sieuwerts AM, LaPara K, Leonard B, et al. 2016;2(10):e1601737. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1601737

First Trimester Phthalate Exposure and Infant Birth Weight in the Infant Development and Environment Study. Sheela Sathyanarayana, Emily Barrett, Ruby Nguyen, Bruce Redmon, Wren Haaland and Shanna H. Swan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(10), 945; doi:10.3390/ijerph13100945


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 Children's pediatrician encourages families to adopt mindful eating to prevent obesity09.29.16 - News-Medical. In observance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Dr. Lenna Liu, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Child Wellness Clinic, explains mindful eating and give tips for how to create a positive environment in which to enjoy food to fuel our bodies.

How much is too much? Setting limits on kids' screen time10.24.16 – CBS News. Children and teenagers are immersed in an environment saturated with electronic media, ranging from the TV on the wall to the tablet or smartphone in their hands. Recognizing this, parents need to work with their kids to develop a media use plan for the entire family, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a set of new recommendations. In general, any media use plan must balance healthy activities like exercise, sleep and family time against the use of media devices, said Dr. Megan Moreno, an associate professor of pediatrics at Seattle Children’s.

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.