Dimitri A. Christakis

Dimitri A. Christakis

CHAIR

Editor, JAMA Pediatrics, Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington, USA

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. He is the author of over 200 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics and The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television work for your kids. (September 2006; Rodale) 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 the Today Show, ABC, NBC, CBS and NPR news as well as all major national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to international audiences of pediatricians, parents, and educators about the impact of early learning on brain development.