Kenneth A. Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge

William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies

External Address: 
214A Sanford Building, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708-0545


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

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1978

  • B.A., Northwestern University 1975

Selected Grants

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

Optimizing Prevention of Costly Adult Outcomes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2022

The Duke Endowment-FCI awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2021

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

4th Trimester Maternal Health Innovation Project awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2021


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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