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Dimitri Christakis, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Pediatrics
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
dimitri.christakis@seattlechildrens.org
206-884-8237
University of Washington
Box 359300
Seattle, WA 98195-6320

Dr. Christakis

Dr. Christakis’ work focuses on the impact that early experiences have on children’s cognitive, social, and behavioral development. He is testing practical, actionable strategies to optimize early environments to help children reach their full potential with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations. His central theory is that there are “good” and “bad” types of stimulation that occur in the first years of life during a critical window of brain development.

Christakis is exploring the extent to which the mind is conditioned to the world it inhabits early in life.  Prior studies have found that infant television viewing is associated with subsequent attention problems; that a block distribution program can promote language development; and that early exposures to violent programming increase aggression at school age.  He is also currently working on animal models of his overstimulation hypothesis.

Christakis's Seattle Childrens webpage

Christakis Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development webpage


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