Kenneth A. Dodge
William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies
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
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
Mid Southern Primary Care Networks Node awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2015 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 to 2022
FCI Executive Leadership Coaching awarded by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 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
Rothenberg, W. A., et al. “Four domains of parenting in three ethnic groups in the United States.” Parenting Across Cultures from Childhood to Adolescence: Development in Nine Countries, 2021, pp. 193–226.
Skinner, Ann, et al. “Education and Parenting in the United States.” School Systems, Parent Behavior, and Academic Achievement An International Perspective, edited by Emma Sorbring and Jennifer Lansford, Springer Nature, 2019, pp. 123–38.
Skinner, Ann, et al. “Cross-national collaboration in the study of parenting and child adjustment.” Child-Rearing: Practices, Attitudes and Cultural Differences, edited by Goetz Egloff, 2017, pp. 1–19.
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
McWood, Leanna M., et al. “Organized Activity Involvement Predicts Internalizing and Externalizing Problems in Adolescence.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Sept. 2021. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10964-021-01491-3. Full Text
Lansford, Jennifer E., et al. “Development of individuals' own and perceptions of peers' substance use from early adolescence to adulthood.” Addictive Behaviors, vol. 120, Sept. 2021, p. 106958. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106958. Full Text
Chang, Lei, et al. “Slow Life History Strategies and Increases in Externalizing and Internalizing Problems During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Research on Adolescence : The Official Journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence, vol. 31, no. 3, Sept. 2021, pp. 595–607. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jora.12661. Full Text
Alampay, Liane Peña, et al. “Change in Caregivers' Attitudes and Use of Corporal Punishment Following a Legal Ban: A Multi-Country Longitudinal Comparison.” Child Maltreatment, Aug. 2021, p. 10775595211036400. Epmc, doi:10.1177/10775595211036401. Full Text
Goodman, W. Benjamin, et al. “Effect of a Universal Postpartum Nurse Home Visiting Program on Child Maltreatment and Emergency Medical Care at 5 Years of Age: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Jama Netw Open, vol. 4, no. 7, July 2021, p. e2116024. Pubmed, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.16024. Full Text
Lansford, Jennifer E., et al. “Longitudinal Trajectories of Four Domains of Parenting in Relation to Adolescent Age and Puberty in Nine Countries.” Child Development, vol. 92, no. 4, July 2021, pp. e493–512. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.13526. Full Text
Saint-Eloi Cadely, Hans, et al. “Predicting Patterns of Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration From Late Adolescence to Young Adulthood.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 36, no. 9–10, May 2021, pp. NP4679–704. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0886260518795173. Full Text Open Access Copy
Palacios-Barrios, Esther E., et al. “Lower neural value signaling in the prefrontal cortex is related to childhood family income and depressive symptomatology during adolescence.” Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 48, Apr. 2021, p. 100920. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2021.100920. Full Text
Shanahan, Lilly, et al. “Prevalence and Childhood Precursors of Opioid Use in the Early Decades of Life.” Jama Pediatr, vol. 175, no. 3, Mar. 2021, pp. 276–85. Pubmed, doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.5205. Full Text
Yazgan, Idil, et al. “Cumulative early childhood adversity and later antisocial behavior: The mediating role of passive avoidance.” Development and Psychopathology, vol. 33, no. 1, Feb. 2021, pp. 340–50. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0954579419001809. 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
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