Bike helmet fitting, injury prevention

Center researchers are working with communities to prevent childhood injuries, the leading cause of child death and disability.

Injuries are the leading cause of child death or disabilities that can result in long-term health issues. Researchers at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development are developing new strategies - programs that promote car-seat use and water safety, for example - to prevent childhood injuries. We are also studying the best ways to treat and rehabilitate injured children.

Our center is interested in a broad range of issues that affect children's health:

  • Transportation safety
  • Adolescent risk-taking
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Child maltreatment
  • Water safety - drowning is the major cause of death globally, and the third-highest cause of injury death to children in the United States

In several of our intervention programs, we are working with diverse communities to prevent injury in children. These programs include promoting car-seat use in Latino families and promoting water safety in Vietnamese and African-American communities.

Our researchers also partner with the resources at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Together with our Harborview colleagues, we are actively investigating:

  • Pediatric traumatic brain injury
  • Sports injury
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Teen driving
  • Radiologic evidence of maltreatment
  • Impact of intimate-partner violence on child well-being
  • Cost-effectiveness of injury care