Kenneth Dodge
Founding Director

Higher Ed, P-12

  • College completion
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Risky behavior
  • Safety and violence
  • School climate and safety

Kenneth A. 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, public engagement and teaching, addressing issues of child and family policy. Dodge joined the faculty of the Sanford School in September 1998. He is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist, having earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northwestern University in 1975 and his doctorate 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.