Candice L. Odgers

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

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 2, 2017): 7-39. Full Text

Baldwin, JR, Arseneault, L, Odgers, C, Belsky, DW, Matthews, T, Ambler, A, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, and Danese, A. "Childhood Bullying Victimization and Overweight in Young Adulthood: A Cohort Study." Psychosomatic medicine 78.9 (November 2016): 1094-1103.

Newbury, J, Arseneault, L, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, Odgers, CL, and Fisher, HL. "Why are Children in Urban Neighborhoods at Increased Risk for Psychotic Symptoms? Findings From a UK Longitudinal Cohort Study." Schizophrenia bulletin (May 6, 2016).

Matthews, T, Danese, A, Wertz, J, Odgers, CL, Ambler, A, Moffitt, TE, and Arseneault, L. "Social isolation, loneliness and depression in young adulthood: a behavioural genetic analysis." Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 51.3 (March 2016): 339-348. Full Text

Goldman-Mellor, S, Caspi, A, Arseneault, L, Ajala, N, Ambler, A, Danese, A, Fisher, H, Hucker, A, Odgers, C, Williams, T, Wong, C, and Moffitt, TE. "Committed to work but vulnerable: self-perceptions and mental health in NEET 18-year olds from a contemporary British cohort." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines 57.2 (February 2016): 196-203. Full Text

Odgers, CL. "Income inequality and the developing child: Is it all relative?." The American psychologist 70.8 (November 2015): 722-731. Full Text

Fisher, HL, Caspi, A, Moffitt, TE, Wertz, J, Gray, R, Newbury, J, Ambler, A, Zavos, H, Danese, A, Mill, J, Odgers, CL, Pariante, C, Wong, CCY, and Arseneault, L. "Measuring adolescents' exposure to victimization: The Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study." Development and psychopathology 27.4 Pt 2 (November 2015): 1399-1416. Full Text

George, MJ, and Odgers, CL. "Seven Fears and the Science of How Mobile Technologies May Be Influencing Adolescents in the Digital Age." Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science 10.6 (November 2015): 832-851. (Review) Full Text

Odgers, CL, Donley, S, Caspi, A, Bates, CJ, and Moffitt, TE. "Living alongside more affluent neighbors predicts greater involvement in antisocial behavior among low-income boys." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines 56.10 (October 2015): 1055-1064. Full Text


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