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.


Structural brain differences in school-age children with and without single-suture craniosynostosis. Aldridge K, Collett BR, Wallace ER, Birgfeld C, Austin JR, Yeh R, Feil M, Kapp-Simon KA, Aylward EH, Cunningham ML, Speltz ML. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 Feb 3:1-11. doi: 10.3171/2016.9.PEDS16107. [Epub ahead of print]

Longitudinal and temporal associations between daily pain and sleep patterns after major pediatric surgery. Jennifer A. Rabbitts, M.B., Ch.B, Chuan Zhou, Ph.D, Arthi Narayananf, Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D. J Pain. 2017 Jan 25. pii: S1526-5900(17)30020-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.01.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Auditing access to outpatient rehabilitation services for children with traumatic brain injury and public insurance in Washington State.Molly M. Fuentes, MD, MS, Leah Thompson, BA, D. Alex Quistberg, PhD, Wren L.Haaland, MPH, Karin Rhodes, MD, MS, Deborah Kartin, PhD, PT, Cheryl Kerfeld, PhD, PT, Susan Apkon, MD, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jan 23. pii: S0003-9993(17)30015-1. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.12.013. [Epub ahead of print]

Neural and behavioral suppression of interfering flankers by children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Susan Fajaa, Tessa Clarkson, Sara Jane Webb. Neuropsychologia. Volume 93, Part A, December 2016, Pages 251–261


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

Can my preschooler bed share? It all comes back to the guidelines – 02.17.17 – Romper. While bed-sharing with your preschooler is safe, there may come a time, for whatever reason, when you begin to question when it's time for you child to move to his or her own bed. Dr. Cora Breuner, an associate professor of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, said that bed-sharing should most likely end by the time your kids enter adolescence, and other experts agree.

Can Facebook’s machine-learning algorithms accurately predict suicide? – 03.08.17 – Scientific American. In a bid to save lives, Facebook and other social media giants are now wading into suicide prevention work – creating new alert systems designed to better identify and help at-risk individuals. Dr. Megan Moreno, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says that an important factor to consider, especially with teens, is how often their language changes through social media. In a 2016 study, Moreno and colleagues discovered that on Instagram, once a self-injury-related hashtag was banned or flagged as harmful, numerous spin-off versions would emerge.

When the pediatrician isn’t enough – 03.08.17 – Undark. Dr. Tumaini Coker, a pediatrician at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, conceived the PARENT program (short for Parent-focused Redesign for Encounters, Newborns to Toddlers) which is designed to foster a more holistic approach to children’s health care in the communities that need it most. Funded by a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the five-year PARENT program trial is the latest of several similar initiatives aimed at improving prevention-oriented care.

These secret hashtags teens use on social media promote dangerous behavior02.01.17 – Parents Researchers have found hidden hashtags teens are using on social media to connect with others engaging in risky or self-harming behavior. Why, you may be wondering, would teens want to divulge this type of self-harming behavior to a bunch of strangers? According to Dr. Megan Moreno, who practices adolescent medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, it's so they will feel less alone.

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.