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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.

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.


Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: Parent and Family-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Medical Conditions. Law EF, Fisher E, Fales J, Noel M, Eccleston C. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 May 30. pii: jsu032.


Young Adult Females' Views Regarding Online Privacy Protection at Two Time Points. Moreno MA, Kelleher E, Ameenuddin N, Rastogi S. J Adolesc Health. 2014 May 7. pii: S1054-139X(14)00143-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.03.005.


Sunsetting DSM-IV's Pervasive Developmental DisorderKing BH. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 May;53(5):494-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2014.01.013.


Relation Between Higher Physical Activity and Public Transit Use. Saelens BE, Moudon AV, Kang B, Hurvitz PM, Zhou C. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar 13.


Interactive Media Use at Younger Than the Age of 2 Years: Time to Rethink the American Academy of Pediatrics Guideline? Christakis DA. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Mar 10. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5081.


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

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.


Helmets Do Little to Help Moderate Infant Skull Flattening, Study Finds 05.01.2014 – The New York Times  Roughly one baby in five under the age of 6 months develops a skull deformation caused by lying in a supine position. Now a study has found that a common remedy for the problem, an expensive custom-made helmet worn by infants, in most cases produces no more improvement in skull shape than doing nothing at all. The new report, published Thursday in the journal BMJ, is the first randomized trial of the helmets. The authors found “virtually no treatment effect,” said Dr. Brent Collett.


How kids’ screen-time guidelines came about – and how to enforce them 04.01.2014 – The Washington Post  As most parents know by now, the experts say we should limit our kids’ screen time or risk raising socially stunted couch potatoes. “The multi-tasking aspect for teens is huge,” says Dr. Megan Moreno. Her group found that older teens spend more than half their time online multi-tasking, with typically four applications open simultaneously. That may not sound like a lot, but it is to an adolescent’s brain that is still developing cognitive and social skills.

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.

Contact Us






2001 Eighth Ave, Suite 400

Seattle, WA 98121


Mailing Address:

PO Box 5371

Mailstop: CW8-6

Seattle, WA 98145

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