Professore ordinario


edificio: Duke University


Ph.D., Duke University (1978)
B.A., Northwestern University (1975)

Kenneth A. Dodge is the Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also the founding and past director of the Center for Child and Family Policy.

He 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.

Dodge 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 initiative has expanded to other sites throughout the country.

Dodge has published more than 500 scientific articles which have been cited more than 90,000 times.

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

President-Elect, Society for Research in Child Development
Distinguished Scientist, Child Mind Institute
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

Academic positions:

Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology. American Psychological Association. 2018.
Early Childhood Champion. Guilford Child Development. 2018.
SPR Fellow. Society for Prevention Research. 2018.
Distinguished Scientist of the Year. Child Mind Institute. 2017.
Service to Society for Prevention Research Award. Society for Prevention Research. 2017.


The Get Ready Guilford Initiative (Principal Investigator)
Family Connects in Durham County (Principal Investigator)
Replicating FCI (Principal Investigator)
Family Connects Sustainability Strategy (Principal Investigator)
Guilford Collaborative - Toward Universal Reach and Impact During the Prenatal Period in Guilford County, North Carolina (Principal Investigator)
Intergenerational Persistence of Treatment Effects (Principal Investigator)
Childhood Risk Factors and Young Adult Competence (Investigator)
Optimizing Prevention of Costly Adult Outcomes (Principal Investigator)
Mid Southern Primary Care Networks Node (Investigator)
Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative (Principal Investigator)

Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment (Principal Investigator)
Diseases of Despair in Young Adulthood: Risk, Resilience, and Prevention (Co Investigator)
Family Connects International (Principal Investigator)
Feasibility Study for a Guilford County Comprehensive Information System (Principal Investigator)
Feasibility Study for a Guilford County Comprehensive Information System (Principal Investigator)
National Expansion of Family Connects (Principal Investigator)
Scientific Meetings for Advancing Economic Analyses of Substance Abuse Prevention (Principal Investigator)
Proposal for a Comprehensive Examination of Child Welfare Assessment Tools (Principal Investigator)
Proposal for a Comprehensive Examination of Child Welfare Assessment Tools (Principal Investigator)
The Link between Education, Engagement, and Well-being (Co Investigator)

Strengthening Benefit-Cost Analyses of Substance Abuse Prevention (Principal Investigator)
Truancy Prevention Project (Co Investigator)
A Neuroscience-Based Health Curriculum to Promote Academic Success (Investigator)
Pathways From Maltreatment to Substance Abuse (Collaborator)
Building the Science of Investing in Early Childhood: The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Universal Home Visiting (Co Investigator)
Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working (Investigator)
Collaborative Research: Leveraging Matched Administrative Datasets (Principal Investigator)
Adolescent Drug Use: Development, Prevention and Policy (Principal Investigator)
Parent Behavior and Child Adjustment Across Cultures (Investigator)
Training in Psychological Intervention Research (Training Faculty)

Development of Antisocial Behavior in Early Adulthood (Principal Investigator)
Duke Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (Principal Investigator)
Multi-site Prevention of Adolescent Conduct Problems (Principal Investigator)
Duke Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (Principal Investigator)
Duke Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (P20-DA017589) (Principal Investigator)
Evaluation Research Study in the Area of Aggression & Interpersonal Youth Violence (Co-Principal Investigator)
School and Community Based Violence Prevention Program for Middle School Students (Co-Principal Investigator)
How Chronic Conduct Problems Develop (Principal Investigator)
Risk and Prevention of Child Disruptive Behavior Disorders (Principal Investigator)
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Enhancement of Multisite Violence Prevention Evaluation Project (Co-Principal Investigator)

Response Decision in Aggressive/Non-aggressive Youths (Principal Investigator)
Measuring Health Benefits and Costs for the Fast Track Project (Principal Investigator)

Representative Publications
Household Income Predicts Trajectories of Child Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior in High-, Middle-, and Low-Income Countries. International Journal of Behavioral Development (01/2019)
Intergenerational Continuity and Stability in Early Family Formation Journal of Family Psychology : Jfp : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43) (01/2019)
Environmental harshness and unpredictability, life history, and social and academic behavior of adolescents in nine countries. Developmental Psychology (12/2018)
Toward population impact from early childhood psychological interventions. American Psychologist (12/2018)
Parenting, culture, and the development of externalizing behaviors from age 7 to 14 in nine countries. Development and Psychopathology (12/2018)

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