Dimitri A Christakis, MD
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Dimitri A Christakis, MD MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Child Health Institute at the University of Washington, and Associate Editor of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

A pediatrician, researcher, and parent, Dimitri Christakis MD MPH, 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. He graduated from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public HealthHe is the author of over 230 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics and The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television work for your kids. (September 2006; Rodale). In 2010 he was awarded the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric research over his career.   Christakis’ laboratory focuses on the effects of environmental influences on children’s health and has been continuously funded by the NIH, NSF, as well as numerous foundations.  His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize children’s cognitive, social and emotional, development. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to the cages of newborn mice. His research has been featured on all major national news outlets and he speaks regularly to international audiences of researchers, parents, and policy makers