The Center for Child and Family Policy is searching for a new director. Kenneth A. Dodge, who founded the Center in 1999, will lead the Center until a new director is in place. The new director will also be a faculty member at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
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For the fourth year in a row, Center faculty fellows Charles Clotfelter and Helen F. Ladd were in the top 100 of the most influential education scholars in a list released by Education Week. Scholars are ranked on their influence on education policy and practice, and the list is based on a combination of academic work and contributions to the public discussion in 2016.
Faculty Fellow Makeba Wilbourn has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research. Wilbourn studies how children learn language and how different modes of input, such as gestures, influence early language and cognitive development.
Center Director Ken Dodge has been selected as president-elect of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Dodge will serve as president-elect from 2017 to 2019, as president from 2019 to 2021 and as past-president from 2021-2023.
A detailed analysis of the lives of nearly a thousand people from birth to age 38 shows that a small portion of the population accounts for the lion’s share of social costs such as crime, welfare dependence and health-care needs as adults. The analysis was conducted by a group of researchers that included Center faculty fellows Avshalom Caspi, Daniel Belsky and Terrie Moffitt.
North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, a study from the Center finds. The researchers found the programs’ benefits did not fade with time, as in some early childhood intervention programs. Instead, the positive effects grew or held steady over the years.
A Connecticut law enacted in 1999 to allow police to temporarily remove guns from potentially violent or suicidal people likely prevented dozens of suicides, according to a study led by Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Swanson. Researchers found in their review of 762 gun-removal cases that for every 10 to 20 instances of temporary gun seizures, one suicide was prevented.
Children who are bullied in school are nearly twice as likely to be overweight at the age of 18 than children who are not bullied, according to a new study by researchers from Duke University and King’s College London. Four of the researchers from Duke are faculty fellows of the Center.
North Carolina children who live in rural counties or attend high-poverty schools are more likely to be obese, a newly published study finds. Joy Piontak, a research analyst at the Center co-authored the article.