Kenneth A. Dodge
William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Core Faculty, Center for Child and Family Policy
Kenneth A. Dodge is the William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also a faculty fellow at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, which he founded in 1999.
Dodge is a leading scholar in the development and prevention of aggressive and violent behaviors. His work provides a model for understanding how some young children grow up to engage in aggression and violence and provides a framework for intervening early to prevent the costly consequences of violence for children and their communities.
He joined the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy 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 Duke, Dodge served on the faculty at Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and Vanderbilt University.
Dodge led the research and development of the Family Connects model, an evidence-based and successfully demonstrated program that connects parents of newborns to the community resources they need through postpartum nurse home visits. The model has been shown to improve maternal and child health outcomes, including lowering rates of Child Protective Services investigations for suspected child abuse or neglect. Piloted in Durham, North Carolina, in 2008, the model is currently being disseminated nationwide through Family Connects International.
Dodge has published more than 500 scientific articles which have been cited more than 128,000 times.
Dodge was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Other honors include the following:
- President (Elected), Society for Research in Child Development
- Fellow, Society for Prevention Research
- Distinguished Scientist, Child Mind Institute
- Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health
- Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the American Psychological Association
- J.P. Scott Award for Lifetime Contribution to Aggression Research from the International Society for Research on Aggression
- Science to Practice Award from the Society for Prevention Research
- Inaugural recipient of the “Public Service Matters” Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
- Inaugural recipient of the Presidential Citation Award for Excellence in Research from the Society for Research on Adolescence
Click here to view Dodge's National Academy of Medicine lecture which provides an overview of his research.
- child abuse
- violence prevention
- substance use
- Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience
- Child Development Project - Developmental Pathways to Adjustment and Well-being in Early Adulthood
- Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment
- Development and Prevention of Substance Abuse Problems
- Durham Connects
- Prospective Study of Infant Development
- Strengthening Benefit-Cost Analyses of Substance Abuse Project
- Truancy Prevention Project
Youth Violence Prevention, Child Maltreatment, Public Policy, Adolescent Substance Abuse, Children's Mental Health, Education, Early Childhood
- Ph.D. Duke University - 1978
- B.A. Northwestern University - 1975
Recent Publications (More Publications)
- Palacios-Barrios, EE; Hanson, JL; Barry, KR; Albert, WD; White, SF; Skinner, AT; Dodge, KA; Lansford, JE (2021). Lower neural value signaling in the prefrontal cortex is related to childhood family income and depressive symptomatology during adolescence.. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 48, 100920. [doi] [abs]
- Shanahan, L; Hill, SN; Bechtiger, L; Steinhoff, A; Godwin, J; Gaydosh, LM; Harris, KM; Dodge, KA; Copeland, WE (2021). Prevalence and Childhood Precursors of Opioid Use in the Early Decades of Life.. Jama Pediatr, 175(3), 276-285. [doi] [abs]
- Yazgan, I; Hanson, JL; Bates, JE; Lansford, JE; Pettit, GS; Dodge, KA (2021). Cumulative early childhood adversity and later antisocial behavior: The mediating role of passive avoidance.. Development and Psychopathology, 33(1), 340-350. [doi] [abs]
- Lansford, JE; Rothenberg, WA; Riley, J; Uribe Tirado, LM; Yotanyamaneewong, S; Alampay, LP; Al-Hassan, SM; Bacchini, D; Bornstein, MH; Chang, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Di Giunta, L; Dodge, KA; Gurdal, S; Liu, Q; Long, Q; Malone, PS; Oburu, P; Pastorelli, C; Skinner, AT; Sorbring, E; Tapanya, S; Steinberg, L (2021). Longitudinal Trajectories of Four Domains of Parenting in Relation to Adolescent Age and Puberty in Nine Countries.. Child Development. [doi] [abs]
- Lansford, JE; Godwin, J; McMahon, RJ; Crowley, M; Pettit, GS; Bates, JE; Coie, JD; Dodge, KA (2021). Early Physical Abuse and Adult Outcomes.. Pediatrics, 147(1). [doi] [abs]
Kenneth A. Dodge
Office: 214A Sanford Building
Phone: (919) 613-7864
Duke Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708-0245