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

The Duke Endowment-FCI awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2021 to 2023

Valhalla Foundation awarded by Valhalla Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2022

Get Ready Guilford Initiative - Year 3 awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2022

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

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

FCI Executive Leadership Coaching awarded by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 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

Barry, Kelly R., et al. “Developmental connections between socioeconomic status, self-regulation, and adult externalizing problems.Developmental Science, Mar. 2022, p. e13260. Epmc, doi:10.1111/desc.13260. Full Text

Dodge, Kenneth A., et al. “A defensive mindset: A pattern of social information processing that develops early and predicts life course outcomes.Child Development, Mar. 2022. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.13751. Full Text

Goulter, Natalie, et al. “Predictive Validity of Adolescent Callous-Unemotional Traits and Conduct Problems with Respect to Adult Outcomes: High- and Low-Risk Samples.Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Mar. 2022. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10578-022-01334-7. Full Text

Dodge, Kenneth A. “Presidential Address: Forging a developmental science mission to improve population outcomes and eliminate disparities for young children.Child Development, vol. 93, no. 2, Mar. 2022, pp. 313–25. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.13732. Full Text

Yazgan, Idil, et al. “Cumulative early childhood adversity and later antisocial behavior: The mediating role of passive avoidance - ERRATUM.Development and Psychopathology, Feb. 2022, p. 1. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0954579422000086. Full Text

Skinner, A. T., et al. “Adolescent Positivity and Future Orientation, Parental Psychological Control, and Young Adult Internalising Behaviours during COVID-19 in Nine Countries.” Social Sciences, vol. 11, no. 2, Feb. 2022. Scopus, doi:10.3390/socsci11020075. Full Text

Rybińska, Anna, et al. “Home Visiting Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Program Activity Analysis for Family Connects.Matern Child Health J, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2022, pp. 70–78. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10995-021-03337-7. Full Text

Martoccio, Tiffany L., et al. “Intergenerational Continuity in Child Maltreatment: Explicating Underlying Mechanisms.Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 37, no. 1–2, Jan. 2022, pp. 973–86. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0886260520914542. Full Text

Rothenberg, W. Andrew, et al. “Effects of Parental Acceptance-Rejection on Children's Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors: A Longitudinal, Multicultural Study.Journal of Child and Family Studies, vol. 31, no. 1, Jan. 2022, pp. 29–47. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s10826-021-02072-5. 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