Kenneth A. Dodge

Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; faculty fellow, Center for Child and Family Policy

Kenneth A. Dodge is the Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies 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.

Locally, his research has resulted in Durham Connects, which provides free nurse home visits to all infants born in Durham County. The program connects families to community resources in an effort to improve children’s outcomes and has been shown to decrease emergency care costs in an infant’s first year of life. The initiative has expanded to other sites throughout the country.

Dodge has published more than 500 scientific articles which have been cited more than 75,000 times.

Dodge was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Other honors include the following:

Click here to view Dodge's National Academy of Medicine lecture which provides an overview of his research.

Research Interests

Research Projects:

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


Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Berlin, LJ; Martoccio, TL; Appleyard Carmody, K; Goodman, WB; O'Donnell, K; Williams, J; Murphy, RA; Dodge, KA (2017). Can typical US home visits affect infant attachment? Preliminary findings from a randomized trial of Healthy Families Durham.. Attachment & Human Development, 19(6), 559-579. [doi]  [abs]

  2. Lansford, JE; Godwin, J; Bornstein, MH; Chang, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Di Giunta, L; Dodge, KA; Malone, PS; Oburu, P; Pastorelli, C; Skinner, AT; Sorbring, E; Steinberg, L; Tapanya, S; Alampay, LP; Uribe Tirado, LM; Al-Hassan, SM; Bacchini, D (2017). Reward sensitivity, impulse control, and social cognition as mediators of the link between childhood family adversity and externalizing behavior in eight countries.. Development and Psychopathology, 29(5), 1675-1688. [doi]  [abs]

  3. Sorensen, LC; Cook, PJ; Dodge, KA (2017). From Parents to Peers: Trajectories in Sources of Academic Influence Grades 4 to 8. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 39(4), 697-711. [doi]

  4. McQuillan, ME; Kultur, EC; Bates, JE; O'Reilly, LM; Dodge, KA; Lansford, JE; Pettit, GS (2017). Dysregulation in children: Origins and implications from age 5 to age 28.. Development and Psychopathology, 1-19. [doi]  [abs]

  5. Schwartz, D; Lansford, JE; Dodge, KA; Pettit, GS; Bates, JE (2017). Peer Victimization during Middle Childhood as a Marker of Attenuated Risk for Adult Arrest.. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. [doi]  [abs]

Recent Presentations
  1. Development and Prevention of Antisocial Behavior, New York, NY, 1 October 2017
  2. A Consensus Report on the Status of Pre-Kindergarten, Washington, DC, 1 April 2017
  3. The North Carolina Education Research Data Center, Chapel Hill, NC, 1 March 2017
  4. The Family Connects Program, Charleston, SC, 1 January 2017
  1. Development and Prevention of Chronic Violence in Children, New York, NY, 1 October 2017
  2. A System of Care for Young Children, Austin, TX, 1 April 2017
  3. What Should We Teach Our Children in School?, Durham, NC, 1 February 2017
  4. Prevention of Violence, New York, NY, 1 January 2017
  1. The State of Durham’s Young Children, Durham, NC, 1 August 2017
Curriculum Vitae

Kenneth A. Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge
Office: 214A Sanford Building
Phone: (919) 613-7864
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Mailing Address:
Duke Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708-0245

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