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 William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, where he founded 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.

As director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, he leads efforts to bridge research on children's development with public policy in areas such as economic distress, delinquency, substance use, school dropout, early childhood education and child abuse.

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 75,000 times.

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

  • 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

Bornstein, MH, Putnick, DL, Lansford, JE, Al-Hassan, SM, Bacchini, D, Bombi, AS, Chang, L, Deater-Deckard, K, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Steinberg, L, Tapanya, S, Tirado, LMU, Zelli, A, and Alampay, LP. "'Mixed blessings': parental religiousness, parenting, and child adjustment in global perspective." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines 58.8 (August 2017): 880-892. Full Text

Berlin, LJ, Martoccio, TL, Appleyard Carmody, K, Goodman, WB, O'Donnell, K, Williams, J, Murphy, RA, and Dodge, KA. "Can typical US home visits affect infant attachment? Preliminary findings from a randomized trial of Healthy Families Durham. (Published online)" Attach Hum Dev (July 17, 2017): 1-21. Full Text

Goodnight, JA, Bates, JE, Holtzworth-Munroe, A, Pettit, GS, Ballard, RH, Iskander, JM, Swanson, A, Dodge, KA, and Lansford, JE. "Dispositional, Demographic, and Social Predictors of Trajectories of Intimate Partner Aggression in Early Adulthood (Accepted)." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (July 13, 2017). Full Text

Alampay, LP, Godwin, J, Lansford, JE, Bombi, AS, Bornstein, MH, 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, Al-Hassan, S, and Bacchini, D. "Severity and Justness Do Not Moderate the Relation Between Corporal Punishment and Negative Child Outcomes: A Multicultural and Longitudinal Study." Int J Behav Dev 41.4 (July 2017): 491-502. Full Text

Deater-Deckard, K, Godwin, J, Lansford, JE, Bacchini, D, Bombi, AS, Bornstein, MH, Chang, L, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Steinberg, L, Tapanya, S, Alampay, LP, Uribe Tirado, LM, Zelli, A, and Al-Hassan, SM. "Within- and between-person and group variance in behavior and beliefs in cross-cultural longitudinal data." Journal of adolescence (June 26, 2017). Full Text

Di Giunta, L, Iselin, A-MR, Eisenberg, N, Pastorelli, C, Gerbino, M, Lansford, JE, Dodge, KA, Caprara, GV, Bacchini, D, Uribe Tirado, LM, and Thartori, E. "Measurement Invariance and Convergent Validity of Anger and Sadness Self-Regulation Among Youth From Six Cultural Groups." Assessment 24.4 (June 2017): 484-502. 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 (May 23, 2017): 1-21. Full Text

Dodge, KA, Bai, Y, Ladd, HF, and Muschkin, CG. "Impact of North Carolina's Early Childhood Programs and Policies on Educational Outcomes in Elementary School." Child development 88.3 (May 2017): 996-1014. Full Text Open Access Copy

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 (February 2017). Full Text

Calvert, SL, Appelbaum, M, Dodge, KA, Graham, S, Nagayama Hall, GC, Hamby, S, Fasig-Caldwell, LG, Citkowicz, M, Galloway, DP, and Hedges, LV. "The American Psychological Association Task Force assessment of violent video games: Science in the service of public interest." The American psychologist 72.2 (February 2017): 126-143. (Review) 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." November 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." November 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." November 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


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

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

Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2018

Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2017

The Link between Education, Engagement, and Well-being awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Collaborative Research: Leveraging Matched Administrative Datasets awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2017

National Expansion of Family Connects awarded by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017

Parenting, Adolescent Self-Regulation, and Risk-Taking Across Cultures awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2006 to 2017