Center Milestones

July 2019  Leslie Babinski, Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, became Center Director.

July 2017 Linda Burton succeeded Ken Dodge as Center Director.

July 2017  Assistant Research Professor of Public Policy Beth Gifford named Center’s Director of Data Initiatives.

June 2017 Ken Dodge stepped down after serving as Center Director since 1999.

January 2017 Center Director Ken Dodge selected as president-elect of the Society for Research in Child Development

November 2016  Center Director Ken Dodge receives 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from Child Mind Institute

July 2016  Sanford School of Public Policy and the Center became affiliated with the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy

January 2016 Center Associate Director Candice Odgers receives Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship award (2016-18)

October 2015 Center Director Ken Dodge elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.

July 2015 Center affiliation with the Sanford School of Public Policy begins.

July 2015 Leslie Babinski succeeds Clara Muschkin as director of undergraduate education and the Child Policy Research certificate.

January 2015 Durham Children’s Data Center is established.

September 2014 Durham Connects celebrates with a birthday party for the more than 6,000 babies who have been part of this successful nurse home visiting program.

January 2014 Center hosts 2014 Winter Forum entitled “Rethink Education: the Innovation Challenge” for Duke undergraduates.

September 2013 Center celebrates re-opening of its renovated Erwin Square Mill Building suite.

August 2013 Undergraduate certificate program is re-christened as the Child Policy Research certificate.

June 2013 Center receives $6.7 million to study causes of teen substance abuse. The Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience (C-StARR) will be led by Center Associate Director Rick Hoyle.

February-October 2013 Center co-hosts Think Tank with N.C. Department of Public Instruction on how to assess N.C. children’s kindergarten readiness and their school performance in the earliest grades.

July 2012 Candice Odgers arrives as the Center’s new associate director.

January 2012 Durham Connects program transitions to Center for Child and Family Health.

July 2010 Clara Muschkin named faculty director of Children in Contemporary Society Certificate program.

July 2010 Center becomes home to University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium.

June 2010 Jenni Owen leads group of DukeEngage students on trip to South Africa.

March 2010 Center celebrates 10-year Anniversary.

October 2009 Ken Dodge awarded $3.5 Million NIH grant for continuation of Development and Prevention of Substance Abuse Problems.

October 2009 40 Duke University faculty members are named Center fellows.

September 2009 Clara Muschkin appointed Center’s director of undergraduate education.

September 2008 Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center receives renewed funding.

July 2008 Jane Costello is named a Center associate director.

July 2008 Center affiliation with Social Science Research Institute begins.

May 2008 First Children in Contemporary Society Certificate awarded to Courtney Lloyd.

August 2007 Jenni Owen, Barbara Pollock and David Rabiner are named Center associate directors.

Spring 2007 Children in Contemporary Society Certificate Program begins.

September 2006 Duke University School Research Partnership Office established.

May 2005 North Carolina Family Impact Seminars begin.

Fall 2004 Program Evaluation Services unit established.

September 2004 Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center established.

July 2004 Philip Costanzo and Rick Hoyle named Center associate directors.

August 2004 Discipline-based Graduate Training Program in Education Science and Policy (continuation of pre-doctoral training program) funded.

January 2002 Durham Family Initiative funded by the Duke Endowment.

August 2001 The Spencer Foundation Education Policy Research Training Program (pre-doctoral training program) begins.

January 2000 North Carolina Education Research Data Center established.

July 1999 Center established as affiliate of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.