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Kenneth A. Dodge, William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and Director of Graduate Studies of the Public Policy PhD Program and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and  

Office Location: 222 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-9303
Email Address: dodge@duke.edu
Web Page: https://sanford.duke.edu/file/1944/download?token=IHL07RIr

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Policy
    • Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Violence

Education:
Ph.D., Duke University, 1978
B.A., Northwestern University, 1975

Research Categories: Youth Violence and Child Abuse

Research Description: Research: Development and prevention of chronic violence in children and adolescents; violence prevention policy

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. National Research Council, Dodge, K.A. Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach. Edited by Committee on Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform, R. J. Bonnie, R. L. Johnson, B. M. Chemers, & J. A. Schuck. The National Academies Press, 2013.

Curriculum Vitae

Highlight:

Kenneth A. Dodge is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, where he founded the Center for Child and Family Policy.

He 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.

Dodge 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.

As director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, he leads efforts to bridge research on children's development with public policy in areas such as economic distress, delinquency, substance use, school dropout, early childhood education and child abuse.

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:

  • 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

Bio/Profile
Kenneth Dodge is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology - Social and Health Sciences. Additionally, Dodge is the first director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke. 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, debate and dissemination, public service and teaching, addressing issues of child and family policy.

Dodge is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist, has published more than 130 scientific articles, and is the principal investigator for several large research grants. He is the recipient of a research scientist award from the National Institute of Mental Health and has been honored with several awards from the American Psychological Association, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychopathology.

Dodge’s particular area of scholarship has addressed the development and prevention of chronic violence in children and adolescents. He has conducted both laboratory and longitudinal studies of how chronic aggressive behavior develops across the life span. His work has identified early family experience factors (such as child physical abuse), peer relations factors, and social-cognitive patterns that serve as catalysts for aggressive behavioral development. With colleagues, Dodge used these findings to create the Fast Track Program, a comprehensive effort to prevent the development of chronic violence in high-risk children. This program is being implemented and evaluated in four regions of the country, with positive preliminary results.

Dodge joined the faculty of the Sanford Institute in September of 1998. Previously Dodge served on the faculty at Indiana University, the University of Colorado and Vanderbilt University. He is married to Claudia Jones, M.D. They have two children, Graham and Zoe.

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Mandel Adam  
  • Shelley Alonzo-Marsden  
  • Sandra Nay  
  • Amy Schulting  
  • Joseph Crozier  
  • Julie Kaplow  
  • Reid Fontaine  

Kenneth A. Dodge