Center Seeking New Director

Feb. 9, 2017 — The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy is searching for a new director.

Kenneth A. Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

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.

“We are seeking someone who is a leader in child and family policy,” said Dodge, who will remain a faculty member at the Sanford School. “We want this person to continue to grow the Center’s considerable impact in the areas of research, policy and public engagement.”

The Center is one of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to research, teaching and public engagement to address problems facing children and families. It has more than $8 million in yearly grant funding, 70 employees and over 40 affiliated faculty fellows.

Dodge’s scholarship has addressed the development and prevention of chronic violence in children and adolescents. He has conducted laboratory and longitudinal studies of how chronic aggressive behavior develops across the life span and has identified catalysts for how it develops.

Dodge, along with colleagues, used these findings to create the Fast Track Project, a comprehensive program to prevent the development of chronic violence in high-risk children. With community partners, he also piloted Durham Connects, a successful nurse home-visiting program for parents of newborns to reduce emergency care needs and cases of neglect. The program is expanding nationwide as Family Connects.

Although he will step down as director, Dodge plans to remain an involved faculty member at the Center.

“Leading the Center has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career, and I will fully support the new director to ensure the Center’s work continues to grow in its impact,” he said.

Interested applicants can apply here.