Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development (CHBD) brings together a diverse and talented group of researchers, united by a single goal: to collaboratively address major issues that affect the health of children everywhere. Learn more about the CCHBD.

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.

Featured Research

  • Beyond Our Walls

    Researchers at Seattle Children’s seek solutions to the cultural, societal and systemic issues that impact the health and wellbeing of children.

  • Standardizing Appendicitis Care

    Our surgeons helped create new guidelines to improve diagnosis and treatment for hundreds of children across Washington every year.

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 CCHBD clinical studies.

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.


Evaluation of a Quality Improvement Intervention to Increase Use of Telephonic Interpretation. Lion KC, Ebel BE, Rafton S, Zhou C, Hencz P, Mangione-Smith R. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb 23. pii: peds.2014-2024.

Intellectual and Academic Functioning of School-Age Children With Single-Suture Craniosynostosis. Speltz ML, Collett BR, Wallace ER, Starr JR, Cradock MM, Buono L, Cunningham M, Kapp-Simon K. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb 23. pii: peds.2014-1634.

Acceptability by parents and children of deception in pediatric research. Noel M, Boerner KE, Birnie KA, Caes L, Parker JA, Chambers CT, Fernandez CV, Lee K. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2015 Feb-Mar;36 (2):75-85. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000122.

Alcohol and Tobacco Use in Youth with and Without Chronic Pain. Law EF, Bromberg MH, Noel M, Groenewald C, Murphy LK, Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2015 Jan 22. pii: jsu116.

Partnering health disparities research with quality improvement science in pediatrics. Lion KC, Raphael JL. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb;135 (2):354-61. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-2982. Epub 2015 Jan 5.


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

Tough Times: Teens and Parents 11.20.14 – KING 5 News Families need help coping with the stresses of modern life. Teens and parents have always had challenges communicating, but the divide is growing in this age of instant electronic communication. Social media has really changed the way we communicate, especially for younger generations. It's not only the way kids communicate, it's how they measure who's popular and who's not. And everything they post is judged and rated. Dr. Laura Richardson with the University of Washington and Seattle Children's, and Brett Greene, a social media marketing consultant, discuss the pressures teens face in navigating the digital world. Dr. Robert Hilt with the Psychiatry and Behavior Health Departments at Seattle Children's, and Dr. Elizabeth McCauley a researcher at Seattle Children's are working on therapies to help suicidal teens, discuss how parents can recognize the signs of depression and the best approach to take in providing support and help.

Concussions and depression: Questions Renewed Over Whether There’s a Link 12.06.14 – The Washington Post Some researchers believe repeated head injuries can cause a great deal psychological damage. One study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health earlier this year, found repeatedly concussed teens to be three times more likely to develop depression. That study was authored by Dr. Sara Chrisman a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s, and relied on data from the 2007-08 National Survey of Children’s Health, which included health information from more than 36,000 adolescents.

Team Approach Helps Teen Depression 09.09.14 – National Institutes of Health Faced with a shortage of psychiatrists who specialize in child mental health, a multidisciplinary team from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, University of Washington School of Medicine and Group Health in Seattle decided to use a strategy called “collaborative care” to treat depressed teenagers. To carry out their study, Dr. Laura Richardson and her colleagues identified 101 teens who screened positive for major depression at nine primary care clinics in the Group Health system in Washington state.

Tech issue or health issue? Pediatricians struggle to guide parents and teens 08.09.14 – The Seattle Times Your teen’s pediatrician can talk about a good diet, exercise and even tricky stuff like alcohol and safe sex. But what about smartphones, Snapchat and Facebook? Dr. Megan Moreno, the director of the social-media research team that put on the SMAHRT conference to address such popular topics, knows all about it.

Doctors Fail to Counsel Pregnant Women on Toxic Chemical Risks 06.25.2014 – The Huffington Post When Penelope Jagessar Chaffer became pregnant, her obstetrician warned her to avoid alcohol, cigarettes and mercury-laden tuna. Dangers posed to her unborn child by industrial chemicals such as flame retardants, pesticides and plastics, however, never came up. Birth defects, IQ losses and childhood cancers are just some of the potential risks scientists have now tied to even low levels of exposure. To address this, Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana proposed tailoring information on a patient-by-patient basis.

All aboard! Bike train research tackles childhood obesity 06.11.2014 – KOMO 4 News Dr. Jason Mendoza noticed a dramatic drop in the number of kids who ride their bikes to school. Now he hopes to change the trend by encouraging kids to hop aboard the bike train. We caught up with the bike train in a Hillman City park. One of the adult leaders was calling out instructions, saying, "Okay you guys, we're taking a new route this morning," and with calls of "let's do this!"

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.