Recent News Releases

Odgers Awarded Fellowship in Child, Brain Development

June 28, 2016

Candice Odgers, the senior associate director of the Center, has been named a fellow of the Child & Brain Development program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Researchers with the program look at how adversity and enrichment in early childhood affect health over a lifetime and what can be done to mitigate early adversity.

Hunt Institute Teaming Up with Duke to Advance Education Policy

June 16, 2016

The Center for Child and Family Policy welcomes the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy as an affiliate of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The Center, which is part of the Sanford School, looks forward to closely collaborating with the Hunt Institute on issues related to education policy.

Genetics Linked with Social, Economic Success

Graphic of four ladders of different heights reaching into a pink sky with clouds June 6, 2016

Data collected from 1,000 individuals over 40 years suggests psychological factors play a role in linking a person’s genetic profile and several important life outcomes. The study’s researchers include Faculty Fellows Daniel Belsky, Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi.

Study Examines Mental Illness, Gun Violence and Suicide

Photo of a handgun and ammunition clip June 6, 2016

People with serious mental illnesses who use guns to commit suicide are often legally eligible to buy guns, despite having a record of an involuntary mental health examination and brief hospitalization, according to an analysis led by Center Faculty Fellow Jeffrey W. Swanson.

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.