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.

Publications

The influence of pain memories on children's and adolescents' post-surgical pain experience: A longitudinal dyadic analysis. Noel M, Rabbitts JA, Fales J, Chorney J, Palermo TM. Health Psychol. 2017 Oct;36(10):987-995. doi: 10.1037/hea0000530. Epub 2017 Jul 20.

Epidemiology and Outcomes of Pediatric Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome. Watson RS,Crow SS, Hartman ME, Lacroix J, Odetola FO. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 Mar;18(3_suppl Suppl 1):S4-S16. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001047. Review.

Behavior in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Remote Australia: A Population-Based Study. Tsang TW, Carmichael Olson H, Latimer J, Fitzpatrick J, Hand M, Oscar J, Carter M, Elliott EJ. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Sep;38(7):528-537. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000463

Talking with young children about concussions: an exploratory study. Kroshus E, Gillard D, Haarbauer-Krupa J, Goldman RE, Bickham DS. Child Care Health Dev. 2017 Sep;43(5):758-767. doi: 10.1111/cch.12433. Epub 2016 Dec 25.

Careers

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

Smartphones won’t make your kids dumb. We think. – 1.12.18 – The Memo. Under-threes, in particular, need a balance of activities, including instructed play, exploring the natural environment, manipulating physical toys and socializing with other children and grown-ups. The rise in screen use means less of all of these things. “Parents need to think strategically,” says pediatrician Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “If your child has 12 hours awake and two of those are spent eating, how will you allocate the rest of the time?”

Parenting with a wired child: How technology affects our kids – 2.1.18 – Angelus. Dr. Dimitri Christakis and his team at Seattle Children’s Hospital have looked at the way attention is affected by television, and they’ve concluded that the effects in entertainment (as opposed to educational) television can have a real impact on kids’ attention spans later on.

A new study eases fears of a link between autism and prenatal ultrasounds – 2.21.18 - Science News. Some researchers have wondered if the rising rates of autism diagnoses could have anything to do with the increasing number of ultrasound scans that women receive during pregnancy. The answer is no, suggests a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. On average, children with autism were exposed to fewer ultrasounds during pregnancy, scientists found. The results suggest that on their own, ultrasounds don’t cause autism spectrum disorder, says Dr. Sara Webb of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the UW, who co-wrote a JAMA Pediatrics companion piece. “At this time, there is no evidence that ultrasound is a primary contributor to poor developmental outcomes when delivered within medical guidelines,” she said.

Protecting kids from television violence – 4.3.18 - Metro Parent. Media restrictions and limits are important ways parents can help protect kids, says Dr. Michelle Garrison, a researcher with Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “Reducing the amount of exposure to media violence definitely matters,” she says. “We see larger effects with each additional hour of violent media.”

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.