Kenneth A. Dodge

William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; faculty fellow, Center for Child and Family Policy

Kenneth A. Dodge is the William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also a faculty fellow at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, which he founded in 1999.

Dodge is a leading scholar in the development and prevention of aggressive and violent behaviors. His work provides a model for understanding how some young children grow up to engage in aggression and violence and provides a framework for intervening early to prevent the costly consequences of violence for children and their communities.

He joined the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy in September 1998. He is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist, having earned his B.A. in psychology at Northwestern University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in psychology at Duke University in 1978. Prior to joining Duke, Dodge served on the faculty at Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and Vanderbilt University.

Locally, his research has resulted in Durham Connects, which provides free nurse home visits to all infants born in Durham County. The program connects families to community resources in an effort to improve children’s outcomes and has been shown to decrease emergency care costs in an infant’s first year of life. The success of Durham Connects has resulted in the launch of Family Connects International, a program that is expanding the model to sites across the country.

Dodge has published more than 500 scientific articles which have been cited more than 75,000 times.

Dodge was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Other honors include the following:

  • Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health
  • Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the American Psychological Association
  • J.P. Scott Award for Lifetime Contribution to Aggression Research from the International Society for Research on Aggression
  • Science to Practice Award from the Society for Prevention Research
  • Inaugural recipient of the “Public Service Matters” Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • Inaugural recipient of the Presidential Citation Award for Excellence in Research from the Society for Research on Adolescence

Click here to view Dodge's National Academy of Medicine lecture which provides an overview of his research.

Research Interests:

  • Youth Violence Prevention
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Public Policy
  • Adolescent Substance Abuse
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Education
  • Early Childhood

Research Projects:


  • Ph.D. Duke University - 1978
  • B.A. Northwestern University - 1975

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Bai, Y; Ladd, HF; Muschkin, CG; Dodge, KA (2020) Long-term effects of early childhood programs through eighth grade: Do the effects fade out or grow? Children and Youth Services Review, 112, [doi], [abs]
  • Rothenberg, WA; Lansford, JE; Al-Hassan, SM; Bacchini, D; Bornstein, MH; Chang, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Di Giunta, L; Dodge, KA; Malone, PS; Oburu, P; Pastorelli, C; Skinner, AT; Sorbring, E; Steinberg, L; Tapanya, S; Maria Uribe Tirado, L; Yotanyamaneewong, S; Peña Alampay, L (2020) Examining effects of parent warmth and control on internalizing behavior clusters from age 8 to 12 in 12 cultural groups in nine countries. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 61, 436-446, [doi], [abs]
  • Yazgan, I; Hanson, JL; Bates, JE; Lansford, JE; Pettit, GS; Dodge, KA (2020) Cumulative early childhood adversity and later antisocial behavior: The mediating role of passive avoidance. Development and Psychopathology, 1-11, [doi], [abs]
  • Kapetanovic, S; Rothenberg, WA; Lansford, JE; Bornstein, MH; Chang, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Di Giunta, L; Dodge, KA; Gurdal, S; Malone, PS; Oburu, P; Pastorelli, C; Skinner, AT; Sorbring, E; Steinberg, L; Tapanya, S; Uribe Tirado, LM; Yotanyamaneewong, S; Peña Alampay, L; Al-Hassan, SM; Bacchini, D (2020) Cross-Cultural Examination of Links between Parent-Adolescent Communication and Adolescent Psychological Problems in 12 Cultural Groups. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, [doi], [abs]
  • Muschkin, CG; Ladd, HF; Dodge, KA; Bai, Y (2020) Gender Differences in the Impact of North Carolina’s Early Care and Education Initiatives on Student Outcomes in Elementary School Educational Policy, 34, 377-407, [doi], [abs]


  • Building a system of care to help all children succeed, Provo, UT, 1 February 2020