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Kenneth A. Dodge, William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies  

Office Location: 214A Sanford Building, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-7864
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: dodge@duke.edu
Web Page: https://duke.app.box.com/file/920794036874

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Policy
    • Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Violence

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

Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • Pubpol 908s.01, Dissertation proposal sem i Synopsis
    Sanford 07, M 02:00 PM-04:30 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Zietz, S; Lansford, JE; Liu, Q; Long, Q; Oburu, P; Pastorelli, C; Sorbring, E; Skinner, AT; Steinberg, L; Tapanya, S; Tirado, LMU; Yotanyamaneewong, S; Alampay, LP; Al-Hassan, SM; Bacchini, D; Bornstein, MH; Chang, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Di Giunta, L; Dodge, KA; Gurdal, S. "A Longitudinal Examination of the Family Stress Model of Economic Hardship in Seven Countries.." Children and Youth Services Review 143 (December, 2022): 106661. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Lansford, JE; Godwin, J; Copeland, WE; Dodge, KA; Odgers, CL; Rothenberg, WA; Rybińska, A; Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group,. "Fast Track intervention effects on family formation.." J Fam Psychol (November, 2022). [doi]  [abs]
  3. Alampay, LP; Godwin, J; Lansford, JE; Oburu, P; Bornstein, MH; Chang, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Rothenberg, WA; Malone, PS; Skinner, AT; Pastorelli, C; Sorbring, E; Steinberg, L; Tapanya, S; Uribe Tirado, LM; Yotanyamaneewong, S; Al-Hassan, SM; Bacchini, D; Di Giunta, L; Dodge, KA; Gurdal, S. "Change in Caregivers' Attitudes and Use of Corporal Punishment Following a Legal Ban: A Multi-Country Longitudinal Comparison.." Child Maltreatment 27.4 (November, 2022): 561-571. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Barry, KR; Hanson, JL; Calma-Birling, D; Lansford, JE; Bates, JE; Dodge, KA. "Developmental connections between socioeconomic status, self-regulation, and adult externalizing problems.." Developmental Science 25.6 (November, 2022): e13260. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Dodge, KA; Goodman, WB; Bai, Y; Best, DL; Rehder, P; Hill, S. "Impact of a universal perinatal home-visiting program on reduction in race disparities in maternal and child health: Two randomised controlled trials and a field quasi-experiment." Lancet Regional Health. Americas 15 (November, 2022). [doi]  [abs]

Curriculum Vitae


Kenneth A. Dodge is the William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also the founding and past director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, as well as the founder of Family Connects International

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.

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.

Dodge's research has resulted in the Family Connects Program, an evidence-based, population health approach to supporting families of newborn infants. Piloted in Durham, NC, and formerly known as Durham Connects, the program attempts to reach all families giving birth in a community to assess family needs, intervene where needed, and connect families to tailored community resources. Randomized trials indicate the program's success in improving family connections to the community, reducing maternal depression and anxiety, and preventing child abuse. The model is currently expanding to many communities across the U.S.

Dodge has published more than 500 scientific articles which have been cited more than 120,000 times.

Elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, Dodge has received many honors and awards, including 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

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