Kenneth A. Dodge
Director, Center for Child and Family Policy; William McDougall Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Kenneth Dodge is the founding director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. In this role, he leads an effort to bridge basic scientific research in children's development with public policy affecting children and families. The Center provides an integrated system of research, debate and dissemination, public service, and teaching, addressing issues of child and family policy. Dodge also co-directs the Initiative on Education and Human Development. This is Duke’s newest university-wide effort to bring knowledge in service to society, focused on the growing crisis in our education system.
Dodge joined the faculty of the Sanford School 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 the faculty at Duke, Dodge served on the faculty at Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and Vanderbilt University.
Dodge’s research is directed toward understanding how problem behaviors such as delinquency, substance use, school dropout, and child abuse develop across the lifespan, how programs can be developed to prevent these problems, and how public policy can be shaped to improve the public health of communities.
- child abuse
- violence prevention
- substance use
- Ph.D Duke University - 1978
- BA (Awarded with Highest Distinction and Honors in Psychology) Northwestern University - 1975
- Lansford, J.E., Skinner, A.T., Sorbring, E., di Guunta, L., Deater-Deckard, K., Dodge, K.A., et al. (2012) Boys’ and girls’ relational and physical aggression in nine countries Aggressive Behavior
- Lansford, J.E., Wager, L.B., Bates, J.E., Pettit, G.S., & Dodge, K.A. (2012) Forms of spanking and children’s externalizing behaviors Family Relations
- Shapiro, D.N., Kaplow, J.B., Amaya-Jackson, L., and Dodge, K.A. (2012) Behavioral Markers of Coping and Psychiatric Symptoms Among Sexually Abused Children Journal of Traumatic Stress
- Putnick, D.L., Bornstein, M.H., Lansford, J.E., Chang, L., Deater-Deckard, K., Di Giunta, L., Gurdal, S., Dodge, K.A., Malone, P.S., Oburu, P., Pastorelli, C., Skinner, A.T., Sorbring, E., Tapanya, S., Uribe Tirado, L.M., Zelli, Arnaldo, Alampay, L.P., Al-Hassan, S.M., Bacchini, D., & Bombi, A.S. (2011) Agreement in mother and father acceptance-rejection, warmth, and hostility/rejection/neglect of children across nine countries Cross-Cultural Research
- Kusche, C.A., Greenberg, M.T., & Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (2011) Grade level PATHS (Grades1-2)
- The role of the environment and development in gene by environment interactions, San Francisco, CA, 2008
- Framing National Policy to Prevent Chronic Violence, National Summit on Interpersonal Violence and Abuse across the Lifespan: Forging a Shared Agenda, Dallas, February 2010
- Framing Public Policy and Prevention of Sexual Violence, 28th Annual Research and Treatment Conference of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse, Dallas, October, 2009
- Workshop on Social and Environmental Influences and Adolescent Risk Behavior, National Research Council Institute of Medicine annual meeting, Washington, DC, May, 2009
- Genes, Environments, and Cognitions in Externalizing Disorders, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, April, 2009