Kenneth A. Dodge
Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies
Education & Training
Ph.D., Duke University 1978
B.A., Northwestern University 1975
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
Development and prevention of aggressive and violent behaviors, connections to policy; early childhood interventions
Thartori, E, Zuffianò, A, Pastorelli, C, Di Giunta, L, Lunetti, C, Lansford, JE, Dodge, KA, Favini, A, Gómez Plata, M, and Caprara, GV. "The interactive effects of maternal personality and adolescent temperament on externalizing behavior problem trajectories from age 12 to 14(Accepted)." Personality and Individual Differences 134 (November 2018): 301-307. Full Text
Putnick, DL, Bornstein, MH, Lansford, JE, Chang, L, Deater-Deckard, K, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Tapanya, S, Uribe Tirado, LM, Zelli, A, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, Bacchini, D, and Bombi, AS. "Parental acceptance-rejection and child prosocial behavior: Developmental transactions across the transition to adolescence in nine countries, mothers and fathers, and girls and boys." Developmental Psychology 54.10 (October 2018): 1881-1890. Full Text
Lansford, JE, Rothenberg, WA, Jensen, TM, Lippold, MA, Bacchini, D, Bornstein, MH, Chang, L, Deater-Deckard, K, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Steinberg, L, Tapanya, S, Uribe Tirado, LM, Alampay, LP, and Al-Hassan, SM. "Bidirectional Relations Between Parenting and Behavior Problems From Age 8 to 13 in Nine Countries." Journal of Research on Adolescence 28.3 (September 1, 2018): 571-590. Full Text Open Access Copy
Saint-Eloi Cadely, H, Pittman, JF, Pettit, GS, Lansford, JE, Bates, JE, Dodge, KA, and Holtzworth-Munroe, A. "Predicting Patterns of Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration From Late Adolescence to Young Adulthood." Journal of Interpersonal Violence (August 23, 2018): 886260518795173-null. Full Text Open Access Copy
Lansford, JE, Godwin, J, Bornstein, MH, Chang, L, Deater-Deckard, K, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Steinberg, L, Tapanya, S, Uribe Tirado, LM, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, and Bacchini, D. "Parenting, culture, and the development of externalizing behaviors from age 7 to 14 in nine countries." Development and Psychopathology (August 22, 2018): 1-22. Full Text
Lansford, JE, Malone, PS, Tapanya, S, Tirado, LMU, Zelli, A, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, Bacchini, D, Bornstein, MH, Chang, L, Deater-Deckard, K, Giunta, LD, Dodge, KA, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, and Steinberg, L. "Household income predicts trajectories of child internalizing and externalizing behavior in high-, middle-, and low-income countries." International Journal of Behavioral Development (July 4, 2018): 016502541878327-016502541878327. 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, 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
Bushman, BJ, Coyne, SM, Anderson, CA, Björkqvist, K, Boxer, P, Dodge, KA, Dubow, EF, Farrington, DP, Gentile, DA, Huesmann, LR, Lansford, JE, Novaco, RW, Ostrov, JM, Underwood, MK, Warburton, WA, and Ybarra, ML. "Risk factors for youth violence: Youth violence commission, International Society For Research On Aggression (ISRA)." Aggressive Behavior 44.4 (July 2018): 331-336. Full Text Open Access Copy
Muschkin, CG, Ladd, HF, Dodge, KA, and Bai, Y. "Gender Differences in the Impact of North Carolina’s Early Care and Education Initiatives on Student Outcomes in Elementary School." Educational Policy (May 11, 2018): 089590481877390-089590481877390. Full Text
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.
Lawrence, C, Rosanbalm, KD, and Dodge, K. Multiple Response System evaluation report to the North Carolina Division of Social Services. 2009.
Dodge, KA, Kupersmidt, Janis B., , Fontaine, and Reid Griffith, . Willie M.: Legacy of Legal, Social, and Policy Change on Behalf of Children. 2000. Open Access Copy
Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2023
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
Diseases of Despair in Young Adulthood: Risk, Resilience, and Prevention awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 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
Guilford Collaborative - Toward Universal Reach and Impact During the Prenatal Period in Guilford County, North Carolina awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019
Family Connects Sustainability Strategy awarded by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018
Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018