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

Wertz, J, Caspi, A, Belsky, DW, Beckley, AL, Arseneault, L, Barnes, JC, Corcoran, DL, Hogan, S, Houts, RM, Morgan, N, Odgers, CL, Prinz, JA, Sugden, K, Williams, BS, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Genetics and Crime: Integrating New Genomic Discoveries Into Psychological Research About Antisocial Behavior." Psychological Science 29.5 (May 2018): 791-803. Full Text

Matthews, T, Danese, A, Caspi, A, Fisher, HL, Goldman-Mellor, S, Kepa, A, Moffitt, TE, Odgers, CL, and Arseneault, L. "Lonely young adults in modern Britain: findings from an epidemiological cohort study." Psychological Medicine (April 24, 2018): 1-10. Full Text

Beckley, AL, Caspi, A, Arseneault, L, Barnes, JC, Fisher, HL, Harrington, H, Houts, R, Morgan, N, Odgers, CL, Wertz, J, and Moffitt, TE. "The Developmental Nature of the Victim-Offender Overlap." Journal of developmental and life-course criminology 4.1 (March 2018): 24-49. Full Text

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

Newbury, J, Arseneault, L, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, Odgers, CL, and Fisher, HL. "Cumulative Effects of Neighborhood Social Adversity and Personal Crime Victimization on Adolescent Psychotic Experiences." Schizophrenia Bulletin 44.2 (February 2018): 348-358. Full Text

Marzi, SJ, Sugden, K, Arseneault, L, Belsky, DW, Burrage, J, Corcoran, DL, Danese, A, Fisher, HL, Hannon, E, Moffitt, TE, Odgers, CL, Pariante, C, Poulton, R, Williams, BS, Wong, CCY, Mill, J, and Caspi, A. "Analysis of DNA Methylation in Young People: Limited Evidence for an Association Between Victimization Stress and Epigenetic Variation in Blood." The American journal of psychiatry (January 12, 2018): appiajp201717060693-. 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

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 Open Access Copy

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, J, Arseneault, L, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, Odgers, CL, and Fisher, HL. "Neighbourhood Adversity, Crime Victimisation and Adolescent Psychotic Experiences: Findings from a Longitudinal Cohort Study." October 2016.

Selected Grants

Intergenerational Persistence of Treatment Effects awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2017 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