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Dimitri Christakis    

Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute; Professor at University of WA

A pediatrician, researcher, and parent, Dimitri Christakis, is the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and an attending pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Christakis graduated from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public Health.

He is the author of more than 170 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics, and co-authored a groundbreaking book, "The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids." He has appeared on CNN, NPR, Today, CBS News, ABC News, NBC News and was recently featured as a TEDx speaker. In 2010 he was awarded the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric research over his career.

His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and social development of preschool children. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to cages of newborn mice. Christakis’ laboratory focuses on the effects of early environmental influences on child health and development and his work has been featured on all major international news outlets as well as all major national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to international audiences of pediatricians, parents, educators and policy makers about the impact of early learning on brain development.


Is 'Digital Addiction' a Real Threat to Kids? - The New York Times

Children's use of devices ranges along a continuum from healthy to compulsive to addictive, said Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, the director of the Center for Child ...

Alexa Helps With Homework, But Problem-Solving Skills Are Key ...

DIMITRI CHRISTAKIS: There is reason to be concerned but not panicked. And there's also reason to be optimistic and hopeful. It's really about how we deploy ...

Fluoridated Water During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQs, Study ...

“It is the only editor's note I've ever written,” Dimitri Christakis, editor in chief of JAMA Pediatrics and a pediatrician, told The Daily Beast. “There was concern on  ...

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