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Dimitri Christakis, MD


Tues, Feb 13; 7-8:15pm PT (Livestream)

A new generation of children is growing up exposed to screen time as toddlers and even babies. 

Now that iPhones and tablets with engaging touch screens are within reach and often supplant real-world play, how much do we know about the impact on children’s cognitive, emotional and social development in our digital first world? 

Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Director for Child Health and Development at the Seattle Children's Research Institute, will share the latest data from his studies with very young research participants about how children interact with screens and its impact on healthy development. 

About Our Speaker


Dimitri A. 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, Editor and Chief of JAMA Pediatrics and Chief Health Officer at Special Olympics International.  


He is the author of over 230 original research articles (H index 95), 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.    


Professor Christakis graduated from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed a pediatric residency followed by a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at the University of Washington from which he received his MPH. 

Professor 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. His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to cages of newborn mice.

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