Recent News Releases

What Are the Physical Effects of Pot Use?

Closeup photo of hands holding a marijuana blunt May 31, 2016

A long-term study has found that people who smoked marijuana for up to 20 years have more gum disease, but otherwise do not show worse physical health than non-smokers. The research team includes Faculty Fellows Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi.

Changing a Life Path for Dropouts

Rows and rows of graduates in alternating colors of blue and gold May 19, 2016

Certain life experiences can worsen the negative effects of dropping out of school, but interventions and treatments can improve the odds for dropouts, according to a new study from the Center for Child and Family Policy.

Odgers Receives Jacobs Foundation Fellowship

February 8, 2016

Candice Odgers, associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, has received a Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellowship for 2016, one of three awarded for the year. The three-year fellowship is valued at about $392,000.

Mixed Results for Income-based K-12 Assignment

Photo of the back door of a yellow school bus November 30, 2015

When Wake County Public Schools switched from a school assignment policy based on race to one based on socioeconomic status, schools became slightly more segregated, according to research from Center Faculty Fellow William A. Darity Jr.

Are Parents’ Fears about Teens’ Cellphones Justified?

Close up photo of hands holding cell phone (teen) November 18, 2015

Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a report from Center for Child and Family Policy researchers Candice Odgers and Madeleine J. George. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep disruption.

Dodge Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Kenneth Dodge Center for Child and Family Policy Duke University October 19, 2015

Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Membership in NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.