Kenneth A. Dodge
William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies
Education & Training
Ph.D., Duke University 1978
B.A., Northwestern University 1975
Kenneth A. Dodge is the William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy 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, as well as the founder of Family Connects International.
Dodge 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.
Dodge's research has resulted in the Family Connects Program, an evidence-based, population health approach to supporting families of newborn infants. Piloted in Durham, NC, and formerly known as Durham Connects, the program attempts to reach all families giving birth in a community to assess family needs, intervene where needed, and connect families to tailored community resources. Randomized trials indicate the program's success in improving family connections to the community, reducing maternal depression and anxiety, and preventing child abuse. The model is currently expanding to many communities across the U.S.
Dodge has published more than 500 scientific articles which have been cited more than 120,000 times.
Elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, Dodge has received many honors and awards, including the following:
- President (Elected), Society for Research in Child Development
- Fellow, Society for Prevention Research
- 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
Rothenberg, W. Andrew, et al. “Effects of Parental Warmth and Behavioral Control on Adolescent Externalizing and Internalizing Trajectories Across Cultures.” Journal of Research on Adolescence : The Official Journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence, vol. 30, no. 4, Dec. 2020, pp. 835–55. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jora.12566. Full Text
Goulter, Natalie, et al. “Indirect Effects of Early Parenting on Adult Antisocial Outcomes via Adolescent Conduct Disorder Symptoms and Callous-Unemotional Traits.” Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology : The Official Journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53, vol. 49, no. 6, Nov. 2020, pp. 930–42. Epmc, doi:10.1080/15374416.2019.1613999. Full Text
Saint-Eloi Cadely, Hans, et al. “Classes of Intimate Partner Violence From Late Adolescence to Young Adulthood.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 35, no. 21–22, Nov. 2020, pp. 4419–43. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0886260517715601. Full Text Open Access Copy
Albert, W. Dustin, et al. “Individual differences in executive function partially explain the socioeconomic gradient in middle-school academic achievement.” Developmental Science, vol. 23, no. 5, Sept. 2020, p. e12937. Epmc, doi:10.1111/desc.12937. Full Text
Su, S., et al. “Children's competent social-problem solving across the preschool-to-school transition: Developmental changes and links with early parenting.” Social Development, vol. 29, no. 3, Aug. 2020, pp. 750–66. Scopus, doi:10.1111/sode.12426. Full Text
Rothenberg, W. Andrew, et al. “Examining effects of mother and father warmth and control on child externalizing and internalizing problems from age 8 to 13 in nine countries.” Development and Psychopathology, vol. 32, no. 3, Aug. 2020, pp. 1113–37. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0954579419001214. Full Text
Lansford, Jennifer E., et al. “Opportunities and peer support for aggression and delinquency during adolescence in nine countries.” New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, vol. 2020, no. 172, July 2020, pp. 73–88. Epmc, doi:10.1002/cad.20361. Full Text
Rothenberg, W. Andrew, et al. “Cross-cultural effects of parent warmth and control on aggression and rule-breaking from ages 8 to 13.” Aggressive Behavior, vol. 46, no. 4, July 2020, pp. 327–40. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ab.21892. Full Text
Kapetanovic, Sabina, et al. “Cross-Cultural Examination of Links between Parent-Adolescent Communication and Adolescent Psychological Problems in 12 Cultural Groups.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 49, no. 6, June 2020, pp. 1225–44. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10964-020-01212-2. Full Text
Lin, Hua, et al. “Adolescent social withdrawal, parental psychological control, and parental knowledge across seven years: A developmental cascade model.” Journal of Adolescence, vol. 81, June 2020, pp. 124–34. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.04.007. Full Text
Tolan, P. H., et al. “Tracking the multiple pathways of parent and family influence on disruptive behavior disorders.” Disruptive Behavior Disorders, 2013, pp. 161–91. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-7557-6_7. Full Text
Pettit, G. S., et al. “Aggression and insecurity in late adolescent romantic relationships: Antecedents and developmental pathways.” Developmental Contexts in Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood, vol. 9780521845571, 2006, pp. 41–61. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511499760.004. Full Text
Deater-Deckard, K., et al. “Cultural differences in the effects of physical punishment.” Ethnicity and Causal Mechanisms, 2004, pp. 204–26. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781139140348.010. Full Text
Latendresse, Shawn J., et al. “Characterizing discrete pathways and mechanisms through which genes influence adult substance use.” Behavior Genetics, vol. 40, no. 6, SPRINGER, 2010, pp. 801–801.
Edwards, Alexis C., et al. “MAOA and early physical discipline interact to influence delinquent behavior.” Behavior Genetics, vol. 39, no. 6, SPRINGER, 2009, pp. 647–48.
Singh, Amber L., et al. “Genetic and environmental risk factors for depression: A developmental GxE approach.” Behavior Genetics, vol. 39, no. 6, SPRINGER, 2009, pp. 681–681.
Dodge, K. A., et al. Toward a dynamic developmental model of the role of parents and peers in early onset substance use. 2006, pp. 104–32. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511616259.006. Full Text
COIE, J. D., et al. “TYPES OF AGGRESSIVE RELATIONSHIPS, PEER REJECTION, AND DEVELOPMENTAL CONSEQUENCES.” Social Competence in Developmental Perspective, edited by B. H. SCHNEIDER et al., vol. 51, KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBL, 1989, pp. 223–37.
Lawrence, C., et al. Multiple Response System evaluation report to the North Carolina Division of Social Services. 2009.
Dodge, K. A., et al. “Willie M.: Legacy of Legal, Social, and Policy Change on Behalf of Children.” Report to the State of North Carolina, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, 2000. Open Access Copy
Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2024
Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2023
Valhalla Foundation awarded by Valhalla Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 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). 2007 to 2022
Get Ready Guilford Initiative - Year 3 awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2021
Family Connects International awarded by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021
A Study of the Effectiveness of Minority-Led Local Community Nonprofit Organizations awarded by Duke Endowment (Co Investigator). 2020 to 2021
FCI Executive Leadership Coaching awarded by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2021
Diseases of Despair in Young Adulthood: Risk, Resilience, and Prevention awarded by University of Vermont (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2021
Dimensions of Deprivation and Threat, Psychopathology, and Potential Mediators: A Multi-Year Longitudinal Analysis. Paper symposium at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. March 2019
Early poverty interacts with adolescent inhibitory control and physiological reactivity to predict adult externalizing problems. Paper symposium at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. March 2019
Family Irritability Expressiveness, Harsh Parenting, And Adolescents’ Socioemotional Functioning In Nine Countries. Paper symposium at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. March 2019