Kenneth A. Dodge

William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1978

  • B.A., Northwestern University 1975

Overview

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

Expertise

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

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, LM, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, and Takash, HM. "Around the world, adolescence is a time of heightened sensation seeking and immature self-regulation." Developmental science (February 2017). Full Text

Rabiner, DL, Carrig, MM, and Dodge, KA. "Attention Problems and Academic Achievement: Do Persistent and Earlier-Emerging Problems Have More Adverse Long-Term Effects?." Journal of attention disorders 20.11 (November 2016): 946-957. Full Text

Icenogle, G, Steinberg, L, Olino, TM, Shulman, EP, Chein, J, Alampay, LP, Al-Hassan, SM, Takash, HMS, Bacchini, D, Chang, L, Chaudhary, N, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Fanti, KA, Lansford, JE, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Tapanya, S, and Uribe Tirado, LM. "Puberty Predicts Approach But Not Avoidance on the Iowa Gambling Task in a Multinational Sample." Child Development (November 2016). Full Text

Lansford, JE, Godwin, J, Alampay, LP, Uribe Tirado, LM, Zelli, A, Al-Hassan, SM, Bacchini, D, Bombi, AS, Bornstein, MH, Chang, L, Deater-Deckard, K, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, and Tapanya, S. "Mothers', fathers' and children's perceptions of parents' expectations about children's family obligations in nine countries." International journal of psychology : Journal international de psychologie 51.5 (October 2016): 366-374. Full Text

Jager, J, Mahler, A, An, D, Putnick, DL, Bornstein, MH, Lansford, JE, Dodge, KA, Skinner, AT, and Deater-Deckard, K. "Early Adolescents' Unique Perspectives of Maternal and Paternal Rejection: Examining Their Across-Dyad Generalizability and Relations with Adjustment 1 Year Later." Journal of youth and adolescence 45.10 (October 2016): 2108-2124. Full Text

Duell, N, Steinberg, L, Chein, J, Al-Hassan, SM, Bacchini, D, Lei, C, Chaudhary, N, Di Giunta, L, Dodge, KA, Fanti, KA, Lansford, JE, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Tapanya, S, Uribe Tirado, LM, and Alampay, LP. "Interaction of Reward Seeking and Self-Regulation in the Prediction of Risk Taking: A Cross-National Test of the Dual Systems Model." Developmental psychology (September 5, 2016).

Rosanbalm, KD, Snyder, EH, Lawrence, CN, Coleman, K, Frey, JJ, van den Ende, JB, and Dodge, KA. "Child wellbeing assessment in child welfare: A review of four measures." Children and Youth Services Review 68 (September 2016): 1-16. Full Text

Lansford, JE, Bornstein, MH, Deater-Deckard, K, Dodge, KA, Al-Hassan, SM, Bacchini, D, Bombi, AS, Chang, L, Chen, B-B, Di Giunta, L, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Steinberg, L, Tapanya, S, Alampay, LP, Tirado, LMU, and Zelli, A. "How International Research on Parenting Advances Understanding of Child Development." Child development perspectives 10.3 (September 2016): 202-207.

Rauer, AJ, Pettit, GS, Samek, DR, Lansford, JE, Dodge, KA, and Bates, JE. "Romantic relationships and alcohol use: A long-term, developmental perspective." Development and psychopathology 28.3 (August 2016): 773-789. Full Text

Pages

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

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

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 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

Scientific Meetings for Advancing Economic Analyses of Substance Abuse Prevention awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Building the Science of Investing in Early Childhood: The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Universal Home Visiting awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2016

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