Candice L. Odgers

Professor of Public Policy and Psychology and Neuroscience; Senior Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy

Candice Odgers is a Professor of Public Policy, Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Her research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future health and well-being, with an emphasis on how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve the lives of young people. Odgers was a William T. Grant Scholar and the recipient of early career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2015 she was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest Early Career Award and, in 2016, the Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship. Her research appears in journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, American Psychologist, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Psychological Bulletin and Psychological Science and has been covered by news outlets such as the Economist, Huffington Post, New Scientist, London Times, US News and World Report and Washington Post. Additional information about her ongoing work can be found at

Research Interests:

  • Problem Behaviors
  • Adolescent Substance Abuse
  • Children and Technology
  • Child Development

Research Projects:


  • Postdoctoral Fellow Social, Genetic, & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, London, UK - 2007
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia - 2005
  • M.A. Simon Fraser University - 2001
  • B.A. Simon Fraser University - 1999
  • A.B. Simon Fraser University - 1999

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Odgers, CL; Jaffee, SR (2013) Routine versus catastrophic influences on the developing child. Annual Review of Public Health, 34, 29-48, [23297656], [doi], [abs]
  • Odgers, CL; Caspi, A; Russell, MA; Sampson, RJ; Arseneault, L; Moffitt, TE (2012) Supportive parenting mediates neighborhood socioeconomic disparities in children's antisocial behavior from ages 5 to 12. Development and Psychopathology, 24, 705-721, [22781850], [doi], [abs]
  • Odgers, CL; Caspi, A; Bates, CJ; Sampson, RJ; Moffitt, TE (2012) Systematic social observation of children's neighborhoods using Google Street View: a reliable and cost-effective method. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 53, 1009-1017, [22676812], [doi], [abs]
  • Jaffee, SR; Strait, LB; Odgers, CL (2012) From correlates to causes: can quasi-experimental studies and statistical innovations bring us closer to identifying the causes of antisocial behavior? Psychological Bulletin, 138, 272-295, [22023141], [doi], [abs]
  • Ouellet-Morin, I; Odgers, CL; Danese, A; Bowes, L; Shakoor, S; Papadopoulos, AS; Caspi, A; Moffitt, TE; Arseneault, L (2011) Blunted cortisol responses to stress signal social and behavioral problems among maltreated/bullied 12-year-old children. Biological Psychiatry, 70, 1016-1023, [21839988], [doi], [abs]
  • Whalen, CK; Odgers, CL; Reed, PL; Henker, B (2011) Dissecting daily distress in mothers of children with ADHD: an electronic diary study. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 402-411, [21517172], [doi], [abs]
  • Nagin, DS; Odgers, CL (2010) Group-based trajectory modeling in clinical research. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 6, 109-138, [20192788], [doi], [abs]
  • Odgers, CL; Caspi, A; Nagin, DS; Piquero, AR; Slutske, WS; Milne, BJ; Dickson, N; Poulton, R; Moffitt, TE (2008) Is it important to prevent early exposure to drugs and alcohol among adolescents? Psychological Science, 19, 1037-1044, [19000215], [doi], [abs]
  • Odgers, CL; Moffitt, TE; Broadbent, JM; Dickson, N; Hancox, RJ; Harrington, H; Poulton, R; Sears, MR; Thomson, WM; Caspi, A (2008) Female and male antisocial trajectories: from childhood origins to adult outcomes. Development and Psychopathology, 20, 673-716, [18423100], [doi], [abs]
  • Odgers, CL., & Russell, MA (2012) What can genetically informative research designs tell us about the causes of crime?
  • Moretti, MM., Odgers, CL., & Jackson, MA (2004) Girls and Aggression: Contributing Factors and Intervention Principles