Our Vision

We will find new ways to promote health and development so that all children can reach their physical, intellectual and emotional potential. We will promote pediatric health care that is equitable, family-centered, safe and effective. We will work with families, communities, schools, providers and healthcare organizations to translate research findings into actions that improve the quality of children's day-to-day lives.

The Center

If you asked healthcare providers today to name the major health issue facing children, you'd likely hear "obesity" and "adolescent depression" among the responses. These are just two of the areas being researched by the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development. Our center brings together a diverse and talented group of research scientists with different backgrounds, but a singular purpose: to work collaboratively to address major issues that affect the health of children everywhere.

New Insights into Improving Children's Well-Being

The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development is a national leader in conducting innovative clinical and health outcomes research . By  collaborating with Seattle Children's and University of Washington clinicians, we can quickly translate our research findings into advanced clinical practices and improved care for children.

Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH , leads a multidisciplinary team of research scientists who are making advances in a broad range of areas related to child health, including:

  • Child and adolescent mental health 
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders 
  • Autism spectrum disorders 
  • Craniofacial anomalies 
  • Infant and toddler cognitive and social development 
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Quality of pediatric health care
  • Pain and anesthesia

Learn more about the clinical studies  our researchers have underway.

To learn more about the center and its programs, contact Jennifer Moore , senior assistant to the director, at 206-884-8266.

Download the CCHBD Overview Flyer (PDF).