Kenneth A. Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge

Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1978

  • B.A., Northwestern University 1975

Overview

Kenneth A. Dodge is the Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies 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.

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.

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 90,000 times.

Dodge was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Other honors include the following:

  • President-Elect, Society for Research in Child Development
  • 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

Expertise

Development and prevention of aggressive and violent behaviors, connections to policy; early childhood interventions

Duell, N, Icenogle, G, Silva, K, Chein, J, Steinberg, L, Banich, MT, Di Guinta, L, Dodge, KA, Fanti, KA, Lansford, JE, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Tapanya, S, Uribe Tirado, LM, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, Takash, HMS, Bacchini, D, Chang, L, and Chaudhary, N. "A cross-sectional examination of response inhibition and working memory on the Stroop task." Cognitive Development 47 (July 2018): 19-31. Full Text Open Access Copy

Olson, SL, Davis-Kean, P, Chen, M, Lansford, JE, Bates, JE, Pettit, GS, and Dodge, KA. "Mapping the Growth of Heterogeneous Forms of Externalizing Problem Behavior Between Early Childhood and Adolescence:A Comparison of Parent and Teacher Ratings." Journal of abnormal child psychology 46.5 (July 2018): 935-950. Full Text

Duell, N, Steinberg, L, Icenogle, G, Chein, J, Chaudhary, N, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Fanti, KA, Lansford, JE, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Tapanya, S, Uribe Tirado, LM, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, Takash, HMS, Bacchini, D, and Chang, L. "Age Patterns in Risk Taking Across the World." Journal of youth and adolescence 47.5 (May 2018): 1052-1072. Full Text Open Access Copy

McQuillan, ME, Kultur, EC, Bates, JE, O'Reilly, LM, Dodge, KA, Lansford, JE, and Pettit, GS. "Dysregulation in children: Origins and implications from age 5 to age 28." Development and psychopathology 30.2 (May 2018): 695-713. Full Text Open Access Copy

Crowley, DM, Dodge, KA, Barnett, WS, Corso, P, Duffy, S, Graham, P, Greenberg, M, Haskins, R, Hill, L, Jones, DE, Karoly, LA, Kuklinski, MR, and Plotnick, R. "Standards of Evidence for Conducting and Reporting Economic Evaluations in Prevention Science." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research 19.3 (April 2018): 366-390. Full Text

Steinberg, L, Icenogle, G, Shulman, EP, Breiner, K, Chein, J, Bacchini, D, Chang, L, Chaudhary, N, Giunta, LD, Dodge, KA, Fanti, KA, Lansford, JE, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Tapanya, S, Tirado, LMU, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, and Takash, HMS. "Around the world, adolescence is a time of heightened sensation seeking and immature self-regulation." Developmental science 21.2 (March 2018). Full Text Open Access Copy

Petersen, IT, Lindhiem, O, LeBeau, B, Bates, JE, Pettit, GS, Lansford, JE, and Dodge, KA. "Development of internalizing problems from adolescence to emerging adulthood: Accounting for heterotypic continuity with vertical scaling." Developmental psychology 54.3 (March 2018): 586-599. Full Text

Lansford, JE, Godwin, J, Al-Hassan, SM, Bacchini, D, Bornstein, MH, Chang, L, Chen, B-B, Deater-Deckard, K, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Steinberg, L, Tapanya, S, Alampay, LP, Uribe Tirado, LM, and Zelli, A. "Longitudinal associations between parenting and youth adjustment in twelve cultural groups: Cultural normativeness of parenting as a moderator." Developmental psychology 54.2 (February 2018): 362-377. Full Text

Wang, FL, Chassin, L, Bates, JE, Dick, D, Lansford, JE, Pettit, GS, and Dodge, KA. "Serotonin functioning and adolescents' alcohol use: A genetically informed study examining mechanisms of risk." Development and psychopathology 30.1 (February 2018): 213-233. Full Text Open Access Copy

Miller, AB, Sheridan, MA, Hanson, JL, McLaughlin, KA, Bates, JE, Lansford, JE, Pettit, GS, and Dodge, KA. "Dimensions of deprivation and threat, psychopathology, and potential mediators: A multi-year longitudinal analysis." Journal of abnormal psychology 127.2 (February 2018): 160-170. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pages

Tolan, PH, Dodge, K, and Rutter, M. "Tracking the multiple pathways of parent and family influence on disruptive behavior disorders." Disruptive Behavior Disorders. January 1, 2013. 161-191. Full Text

Pettit, GS, Bates, JE, Holtzworth-Munroe, A, Marshall, AD, Harach, LD, Cleary, DJ, and Dodge, KA. "Aggression and insecurity in late adolescent romantic relationships: Antecedents and developmental pathways." Developmental Contexts in Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood. January 1, 2006. 41-61. Full Text

Deater-Deckard, K, Dodge, KA, and Sorbring, E. "Cultural differences in the effects of physical punishment." Ethnicity and Causal Mechanisms. January 1, 2004. 204-226. Full Text

Latendresse, SJ, Bates, JE, Dodge, KA, Pettit, GS, Lansford, JE, Budde, JP, Goate, A, and Dick, DM. "Characterizing discrete pathways and mechanisms through which genes influence adult substance use." 40th Annual Meeting of Behavior-Genetics-Association. May 1, 2009. State Coll, Pennsylvania, PA. SPRINGER, November 1, 2010.

Edwards, AC, Dodge, KA, Latendresse, SJ, Lansford, JE, Bates, JE, Pettit, GS, and Dick, DM. "MAOA and early physical discipline interact to influence delinquent behavior." 39th Annual Meeting of the Behavior-Genetics-Association. June 17, 2009 - June 20, 2009. Mineapolis, MN. SPRINGER, November 1, 2009.

Singh, AL, D'Onofrio, BM, Bates, JE, Dick, D, Pettit, GS, Dodge, KA, and Lansford, JE. "Genetic and environmental risk factors for depression: A developmental GxE approach." 39th Annual Meeting of the Behavior-Genetics-Association. June 17, 2009 - June 20, 2009. Mineapolis, MN. SPRINGER, November 1, 2009.

Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Lansford, JE, Miller-Johnson, S, Pettit, GS, and Bates, JE. "Toward a dynamic developmental model of the role of parents and peers in early onset substance use." January 1, 2006. Full Text

COIE, JD, CHRISTOPOULOS, C, TERRY, R, DODGE, KA, and LOCHMAN, JE. "TYPES OF AGGRESSIVE RELATIONSHIPS, PEER REJECTION, AND DEVELOPMENTAL CONSEQUENCES." 1989.

Selected Grants

Family Connects International awarded by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Intergenerational Persistence of Treatment Effects awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Childhood Risk Factors and Young Adult Competence awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Mid Southern Primary Care Networks Node awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2015 to 2020

Optimizing Prevention of Costly Adult Outcomes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2020

Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2019

Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018

Feasibility Study for a Guilford County Comprehensive Information System awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

Feasibility Study for a Guilford County Comprehensive Information System awarded by America's Promise Alliance (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

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