Candice L. Odgers

Candice L. Odgers

Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 2005

  • M.A., Simon Fraser University 2001

  • A.B., Simon Fraser University 1999


Candice Odgers is a Professor of Public Policy, Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Her research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future health and well-being, with an emphasis on how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve the lives of young people.

Odgers was a William T. Grant Scholar and the recipient of early career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2015 she was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Early Career Award and, in 2016, the Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship.

Her research appears in journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, American Psychologist, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Bulletin and Psychological Science and has been covered by news outlets such as the Economist, Huffington Post, New Scientist, London Times, US News and World Report and Washington Post. Additional information about her ongoing work can be found at

Odgers, C. "Smartphones are bad for some teens, not all." Nature 554.7693 (February 22, 2018): 432-434. Full Text

George, MJ, Russell, MA, Piontak, JR, and Odgers, CL. "Concurrent and Subsequent Associations Between Daily Digital Technology Use and High-Risk Adolescents' Mental Health Symptoms." Child development 89.1 (January 2018): 78-88. Full Text

Baldwin, JR, Arseneault, L, Caspi, A, Fisher, HL, Moffitt, TE, Odgers, CL, Pariante, C, Ambler, A, Dove, R, Kepa, A, Matthews, T, Menard, A, Sugden, K, Williams, B, and Danese, A. "Childhood victimization and inflammation in young adulthood: A genetically sensitive cohort study." Brain, behavior, and immunity 67 (January 2018): 211-217. Full Text

Rivenbark, JG, Odgers, CL, Caspi, A, Harrington, H, Hogan, S, Houts, RM, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "The high societal costs of childhood conduct problems: evidence from administrative records up to age 38 in a longitudinal birth cohort." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines (December 2, 2017). Full Text

Odgers, CL, and Russell, MA. "Violence exposure is associated with adolescents' same- and next-day mental health symptoms." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines 58.12 (December 2017): 1310-1318. Full Text

Newbury, JB, Arseneault, L, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, Odgers, CL, Baldwin, JR, Zavos, HMS, and Fisher, HL. "In the eye of the beholder: Perceptions of neighborhood adversity and psychotic experiences in adolescence." Development and psychopathology 29.5 (December 2017): 1823-1837. Full Text

Piontak, JR, Russell, MA, Danese, A, Copeland, WE, Hoyle, RH, and Odgers, CL. "Violence exposure and adolescents' same-day obesogenic behaviors: New findings and a replication." Social science & medicine (1982) 189 (September 2017): 145-151. Full Text

Odgers, CL, and Adler, NE. "Challenges for Low-Income Children in an Era of Increasing Income Inequality (Accepted)." Child Development Perspectives (January 1, 2017). Full Text

Bailey, D, Duncan, GJ, Odgers, CL, and Yu, W. "Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions." Journal of research on educational effectiveness 10.1 (January 2017): 7-39. Full Text


Selected Grants

Intergenerational Persistence of Treatment Effects in Human Capital Interventions awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Medical Scientist Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1997 to 2022

CC*Data: ImPACT - Infrastructure for Privacy-Assured compuTations awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Senior Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship awarded by Jacobs Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Child & Brain Development awarded by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Child & Brain Development awarded by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016