Kenneth A. Dodge

Director, Center for Child and Family Policy; William McDougall Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Kenneth A. Dodge is the founding director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. In this role, he leads an effort to bridge basic scientific research in children's development with public policy affecting children and families. The Center provides an integrated system of research, public engagement, and teaching, addressing issues of child and family policy.

Dodge joined the faculty of the Sanford School in September 1998. He is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist, having earned his B.A. in psychology at Northwestern University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in psychology at Duke University in 1978. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Dodge served on the faculty at Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and Vanderbilt University.

Dodge’s research is directed toward understanding how problem behaviors such as delinquency, substance use, school dropout, and child abuse develop across the lifespan, how programs can be developed to prevent these problems, and how public policy can be shaped to improve the public health of communities.

Research Interests

Research Projects:

Research Interests:
Youth Violence Prevention, Child Maltreatment, Public Policy, Adolescent Substance Abuse, Children's Mental Health, Education, Early Childhood


Teaching Spring 2016:

Teaching Fall 2016:

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. National Research Council, Dodge, K.A (2013). Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach.. The National Academies Press.

  2. LJ Berlin, KA Dodge and JS Reznick (2013). Examining Pregnant Women's Hostile Attributions About Infants as a Predictor of Offspring Maltreatment. JAMA PEDIATRICS, 167(6), 549-553. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]

  3. KL Bierman, J Coie, K Dodge, M Greenberg, J Lochman, R Mcmohan, E Pinderhughes, JD Coie, KA Dodge, MT Greenberg, JE Lochman and RJ McMahon (2013). School Outcomes of Aggressive-Disruptive Children: Prediction From Kindergarten Risk Factors and Impact of the Fast Track Prevention Program. Aggressive Behavior, 39(2), 114-130. [doi]  [abs]

  4. KA Dodge, J Godwin and Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (2013). Social-information-processing patterns mediate the impact of preventive intervention on adolescent antisocial behavior.. Psychol Sci, 24(4), 456-465. [23406610], [doi]  [abs]

  5. KA Dodge, WB Goodman, R Murphy, K O'Donnell and J Sato (2013). Toward Population Impact from Home Visiting.. Zero Three, 33(3), 17-23. [23526864]  [abs]

Curriculum Vitae

Kenneth A. Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge
Office: 222 Rubenstein Hall
Phone: (919) 613-9303
Fax: (919) 684-3731
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Mailing Address:
Duke Box 90545, Durham, NC 27708-0545

Research Interests: (from Specialties)
Youth Violence Prevention, Child Maltreatment, Public Policy, Adolescent Substance Abuse, Children's Mental Health, Education, Early Childhood Specialties:

Youth Violence Prevention
Child Maltreatment
Public Policy
Adolescent Substance Abuse
Children's Mental Health
Early Childhood