Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

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.

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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.

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Stratification of children by medical complexity. Neff JM, Clifton H, Popalisky J, Zhou CAcad Pediatr. 2015 Mar-Apr;15(2):191-6. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.10.007. Epub 2014 Nov 22.

Epidemiology of pediatric hospitalizations at general hospitals and freestanding children's hospitals in the United States. Leyenaar JK, Ralston SL, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Mangione-Smith R, Lindenauer PK. J Hosp Med. 2016 Nov;11(11):743-749. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2624. Epub 2016 Jul 4.

Association Between Facility Type During Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation and Functional OutcomesFuentes MM, Apkon S, Jimenez N, Rivara FPArch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Sep;97(9):1407-1412.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.02.026. Epub 2016 Mar 26.

Who should get the last PICU bed?  Wightman A, Largent E, Del Beccaro M, Lantos JD. Pediatrics. 2014 May;133(5):907-12. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3369.


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

Playgroups offer rural families a head start on school – 8/8/18 – the Hechinger Report.
A North Carolina nonprofit that provides educational and health resources to rural families holds playgroups to highlight the importance of basic interactions between parents and their kids, such as child-directed play. Dr. Matthew Speltz, a clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s, describes child-directed play as “a special form of one-to-one play between you and your child in which your child directs and leads.” Speltz recommends parents describe how their child plays, imitate that play, repeat what their child says with more detail, provide specific praise and allow their child to play with toys in whatever safe way he or she wants. The strategy discourages parents from giving commands, asking leading questions, quizzing children or promoting competitiveness.

Transphobic parent activists target journalists with misinformation about pediatricians – 11/5/18 – Forbes.
A poorly organized group of “parent activists” repeatedly spammed more than 45 journalists to spread misinformation about the AAP’s policy on caring for children and adolescents who do not necessarily feel comfortable identifying as the gender they were assigned at birth. The parents in the letter advocate for “watchful waiting,” which they falsely claim is supported by experts, instead of “gender affirmation.” “We shouldn't push them to be the gender that they don't feel they are, nor should we push them into something that they're also not comfortable with at that time,” said Dr. Cora Breuner, professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s and UW, and chair of AAP’s committee on adolescent health. “What we’re trying to teach parents and pediatricians is to affirm gender and to affirm the basics of health. Love who they are, no matter who they want to be. You always need to be there for them.”

Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids – 12/10/18 – 60 Minutes.
The NIH has launched the most ambitious study of adolescent brain development ever attempted. In part, scientists are trying to understand how screen time impacts the physical structure of kids' brains, as well as their emotional development and mental health. Dr. Dimitri Christakis at Seattle Children’s, lead author of the AAP’s most recent guidelines for screen time, is one of the few scientists who have done experiments on screens’ influence on children under the age of 2. Christakis spoke to Anderson Cooper about his findings. “In many ways, the concern that investigators like I have is that we're sort of in the midst of a natural kind of uncontrolled experiment on the next generation of children,” said Christakis.

There may be a surprising link between depression and concussions in kids who play football – 12/13/18 – The Journal of Pediatrics.
A new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that children with a depression diagnosis had a five-fold increased risk of suffering a concussion while playing football compared to those who did not. Kids with a history of depression might be more likely to recognize and report concussion symptoms, which could lead to higher rates of concussion diagnosis, said Dr. Sara Chrisman, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s.

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.