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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.


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.


Update on diagnostic classification in autism. King BH, Navot N, Bernier R, Webb SJ. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2014 Mar;27(2):105-9. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000040.


Relation of stride activity and participation in mobility-based life habits among children with cerebral palsy. Bjornson KF, Zhou C, Stevenson RD, Christakis D. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Feb;95(2):360-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.10.022. Epub 2013 Nov 11.


Correlates of adiposity among Latino preschool children. (PDF) Mendoza JA, McLeod J, Chen TA, Nicklas TA, Baranowski T. J Phys Act Health. 2014 Jan;11(1):195-8. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0018.


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

Surprise: Doc who devised screen time limits says iPads may be OK for babies 03.12.2014 – Today  A doctor who helped write guidelines discouraging media use by babies and toddlers says he's had second thoughts about the iPad and other devices. Dr. Dimitri Christakis now says that kids younger than 2 may actually benefit from 30 minutes to 60 minutes a day of screen time – as long as it's interactive, not passive.


Governor joins 'walking school bus' in Seattle 03.11.2014 – Washington Times  Gov. Jay Inslee joined about two dozen students on the way to West Seattle Elementary School on what they call their "walking school bus." The walking school bus is a study conducted in by Seattle Children's Dr. Jay Mendoza, who leads this study on the health benefits of walking to and from school.


Fitness trackers could boost kids' health, but face challenges, experts say 03.03.2014 – FOX News  With fitness trackers all the rage, some technology companies and health researchers are looking at whether the devices could benefit a particular group kids. Interest in tracking children's activity has blossomed in the past year, with some researchers wondering whether fitness trackers could be effective tools to combat childhood obesity. But few studies have looked at the best way for children to use the trackers, said Dr. Michelle Garrison.


Chronic Pain Relief More Likely When Psychological Science Involved 02.19.2014 – American Psychological Association  When it comes to chronic pain, psychological interventions often provide more relief than prescription drugs or surgery without the risk of side effects, but are used much less frequently than traditional medical treatments, according to a comprehensive review published by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Tonya Palermo is referenced in this article.


New criteria may reduce autism diagnoses 01.23.2014 – Reuters  The number of U.S. kids diagnosed with autism has been on the rise, but that trend could turn around with new diagnostic criteria coming into effect, researchers say. "Parents have no reason to be concerned about the findings of this study, which is not about re-diagnosing people or taking away their diagnoses," says Dr. Bryan King.


Teen Concussions Increase Risk for Depression 01.09.2014 – Newswise  Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “What this study suggests is that teens who have had a concussion should be screened for depression,” said lead study author Dr. Sara Chrisman.

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.

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2001 Eighth Ave, Suite 400

Seattle, WA 98121


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PO Box 5371

Mailstop: CW8-6

Seattle, WA 98145

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