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 current CCHBD clinical studies and how to participate in research.

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.

CCHBD Past Studies and Descriptions

At the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, studies are underway in the following areas:

Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, yet fewer than 50% of children with this disease are getting the treatments that will improve their lives. We are testing whether an interactive website can improve outcomes and quality of life for children. Learn more.

Cerebral Palsy
We are working on ways to improve the overall health of patients with cerebral palsy. Our research seeks to quantify aspects of the disease that lower patients' quality of life, such as pain, fatigue and diminished physical health. Learn more.

Children and Media
The media diet of preschool children is decidedly unhealthy. In one community-based experiment, our researchers are working with parents to promote healthier television viewing. Learn more.

Children with Complex Chronic Conditions
Our center is developing methods to improve care for children with complex chronic conditions. One of these methods involves seeking ways to engage families as partners in this care. Learn more.

COMPASS Project: Comprehensive Maintenance Program to Achieve Sustained Success Seattle Children's, the University of Washington and Washington University in St. Louis are conducting a research study, the Comprehensive Maintenance Program to Achieve Sustained Success (COMPASS), to learn more about the best type of treatment for long-term weight management in overweight children and their families. The goal is to better understand the relationship between duration of treatment and long-term maintenance of healthy behavior changes. Learn more.

Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Our researchers are studying the issues facing adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease as they transition into adult-oriented medical care. Learn more.

Craniofacial Anomalies
Children with craniofacial disorders such as cleft lip/palate and craniosynostosis have increased rates of learning disabilities and psychiatric complications, including autistic spectrum disorders. We are trying to understand the biological and environmental factors that affect the development of these children. Learn more.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
When children are exposed to alcohol before birth, they can have lifelong learning and behavior problems. Our center is at the forefront of this new area of research that seeks to improve the lives of these children. Learn more.

Children with headaches experience not only pain and disability, but disruptions to school and leisure activities. We are looking into how these children might benefit from biofeedback therapy. Learn more.

Injury Prevention
Drowning is the major cause of death globally and the third-highest cause of injury death to children in the United States. We are researching drowning in open water and in high-risk racial and ethnic groups, as well as effective drowning prevention programs. Learn more.

Mental Health of Children and Adolescents
In the United States, one in 10 children and adolescents suffers from mental illness severe enough to interfere with their daily life at school, at home or with friends. Our research emphasizes both the promotion of mental health in children and the treatment of mental-health disorders. Learn more.

Neighborhood Effects on Children's Health
Where children live can have short- and long-term impacts on their growth and development. We are trying to understand more about how neighborhood environments are related to 6-to-11-year-old children's well-being, including their eating and physical activity.

Pediatric Bioethics
We are working toward finding answers to some of the difficult ethical questions being asked by families and caregivers today. Learn more.

Pediatric Overweight
Pediatric overweight affects close to one in three children in the United States. We are testing different ways to counsel families to help 7-to-11-year-old children and their parents achieve better weight control in the short and long term. Learn more.

Promoting Kindergarten Readiness
50% of poor children entering school lack basic skills. One of our studies is testing whether educational software can help such children start kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Learn more.

Quality of Pediatric Medical Care
Children in the United States fail to get recommended health care more than half the time. Our researchers are gathering information to help reverse this statistic. Learn more.

Spina Bifida
Researchers are evaluating both patient and parent satisfaction after medical and surgical interventions to treat spina bifida. Learn more.

Many children in rural areas lack access to psychiatric services. We are developing and testing ways of improving the care of children throughout the Pacific Northwest via state-of-the-art telepsychiatry and parental counseling.

Travel Assessment and Community (TRAC) Project
Seattle Children's and the University of Washington are conducting a research study, the Travel Assessment and Community (TRAC) Project, to learn more about how a person's neighborhood relates to their activity, where they go and their overall well-being. The goal is to better understand the relationship between where people live and their overall health. Learn more.