December 3, 2018
Family Connects International (FCI) has received new funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) as part of the Blue Cross NC’s $1.7 million investment in improving maternal and infant health across the state. The funds will go toward supporting the expansion of the Family Connects model across the state.
“We’re honored to be partners with Blue Cross NC,” said Executive Director Scott Hippert in the press release. “With this sponsorship, we’ll build our capacity to promote early childhood systems transformation across North Carolina and the U.S.”
FCI is a program of the Center for Child and Family Policy and Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. The program provides an evidence-based model for community-wide nurse home visiting for all newborns. Designed to connect families to the early childhood resources they need, the program has been shown to effectively reduce infant emergency medical care and improve maternal and infant health outcomes.
Obesity Linked with Teen Exposure to Violence
August 1, 2017
Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day, according to a new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine. Children exposed to violence are at greater risk for obesity, but exactly how that occurs is not well understood, the researchers said. Authors included Center-affiliated researchers Joy Pointak, William E. Copeland, Rick H. Hoyle and Candice L. Odgers.
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College Attendance Drops After Widespread Job Loss
June 16, 2017
A new study by Center faculty fellows Liz Ananat and Anna Gassman-Pines suggests that the negative effects of parental job loss (children perform worse in school and are less likely to go to college) aren’t limited to the families of those who lost their jobs.
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March 28, 2017
A long-term study of more than 500 children who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline has shown that their exposure to the powerful neurotoxin may have led to a loss of intelligence and occupational standing by the time they reached age 38. The effects are slight, but significant. Authors of the Journal of the American Medical Association study include faculty fellows Terrie Moffitt, Avshalom Caspi and Daniel Belsky.
March 21, 2017
A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their peers who identify with their birth gender to experience negative consequences from drinking. The results suggest transgender college students may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol abuse, said Scott Swartzwelder, a Center faculty fellow and a senior author of the analysis.
January 18, 2017
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.
January 11, 2017
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.
January 9, 2017
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.
December 13, 2016
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.
November 22, 2016
Center Director Kenneth A. Dodge has received the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Child Mind Institute for his outstanding contributions to child mental health research.