Kenneth A. Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge

Pritzker Professor of Early Learning 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 Pritzker 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.

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.

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 90,000 times.

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

  • President-Elect, Society for Research in Child Development
  • 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

Family Connects International awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Intergenerational Persistence of Treatment Effects awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 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). 2017 to 2022

Childhood Risk Factors and Young Adult Competence awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2007 to 2022

Diseases of Despair in Young Adulthood: Risk, Resilience, and Prevention awarded by University of Vermont (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2022

Stratman Project awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2020


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

Goodman, W. Benjamin, et al. “Randomized controlled trial of Family Connects: Effects on child emergency medical care from birth to 24 months..” Dev Psychopathol, vol. 31, no. 5, Dec. 2019, pp. 1863–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/S0954579419000889. Full Text Open Access Copy

Dodge, Kenneth A. “Redefining the Science and Policy of Early Childhood Intervention Programs..” Pediatrics, Nov. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1542/peds.2019-2606. Full Text

Dodge, Kenneth A., et al. “Effect of a Community Agency-Administered Nurse Home Visitation Program on Program Use and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes: A Randomized Clinical Trial..” Jama Netw Open, vol. 2, no. 11, Nov. 2019. Pubmed, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14522. Full Text

Rothenberg, W. Andrew, et al. “Examining effects of parent warmth and control on internalizing behavior clusters from age 8 to 12 in 12 cultural groups in nine countries..” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, Oct. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jcpp.13138. Full Text

Dodge, Kenneth A. “Annual Research Review: Universal and targeted strategies for assigning interventions to achieve population impact..” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, Oct. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jcpp.13141. Full Text

Deater-Deckard, Kirby, et al. “Chaos, danger, and maternal parenting in families: Links with adolescent adjustment in low- and middle-income countries..” Developmental Science, vol. 22, no. 5, Sept. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1111/desc.12855. Full Text

Goulter, Natalie, et al. “Does the Fast Track Intervention Prevent Later Psychosis Symptoms?.” Prevention Science : The Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, Aug. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s11121-019-01041-1. Full Text

Hanson, Jamie L., et al. “Resting state coupling between the amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex is related to household income in childhood and indexes future psychological vulnerability to stress..” Development and Psychopathology, vol. 31, no. 3, Aug. 2019, pp. 1053–66. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0954579419000592. 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, June 2019, pp. 1–13. Epmc, doi:10.1080/15374416.2019.1613999. Full Text

Shanahan, Lilly, et al. “Does Despair Really Kill? A Roadmap for an Evidence-Based Answer..” Am J Public Health, vol. 109, no. 6, June 2019, pp. 854–58. Pubmed, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305016. 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