Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development


The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development (CCHBD) has made major contributions to pediatric medicine in a variety of fields. CCHBD's labs and research groups are working toward the next generation of discovery, prevention and cures for issues that affect the mental and physical health of children globally.

Bjornson Lab

Kristie BjornsonThe Bjornson Lab’s research aims to improve the lives of children with cerebral palsy.

Christakis Lab

ChristakisThe Christakis Lab studies how the early environment impacts childhood behavior and development, and develops strategies that help parents optimize their children's social, cognitive, and emotional development.

Desai Lab

DesaiThe Desai Lab develops and tests innovative health information technology solutions to optimize comprehensive, coordinated and equitable care for children with chronic conditions.

Garrison Lab

GarrisonThe Garrison Lab studies the interactions between sleep, media use and physical activity, and how these affect child and adolescent health, behavior and development.

Innovation in Child Healthcare Delivery Lab

Coker 70The Innovation in Child Healthcare Delivery Lab’s goal is to reduce socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child health and healthcare.uses a community-engaged approach to develop innovative ways to deliver healthcare. The lab’s current research includes investigating, designing and implementing new methods of delivering primary care services to children in low-income communities. 

Jimenez Lab

Nathalia JimenezThe Jimenez Lab studies traumatic brain injuries and health disparities.

Mendoza Lab

MendozaThe Mendoza Lab focuses on preventing childhood obesity and its long-term health effects, especially among minorities and low-income groups.

Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab

PalermoThe Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab's research focus is on pediatric chronic and recurrent pain--in particular, the psychosocial and family factors that affect pain perception, daily functioning and quality of life in children and adolescents.

Saelens Lab

The Saelens Lab conducts research in environmental influences on physical activity and eating behaviors and on the psychosocial factors that influence individual choice for weight-related behaviors.

Sathyanarayana Lab

Sathyanarayana 70x70The Sathyanarayana Lab investigates how chemicals in our environment impact children, and develops ways to reduce chemical exposures and help families lead healthier lives.

Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab (SCITL)

Shic SCITL 70x70Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Lab (SCITL) uses, advances and develops technologies for improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities

Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative

The Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative conducts studies to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat youth concussion.

Webb Lab

Webb SaraThe Webb Lab studies brain development in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopment and genetic disorders