Kenneth Dodge was born on July 20, 1954, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in psychology at Duke University in 1978.
Dodge, a clinical and developmental psychologist, is a widely cited expert on the development of aggressive behavior and chronic violence in children. Through his research, Dodge concluded that early physical abuse can result in biased patterns of social information processing in children, and in subsequent aggressive behavior. Based on these findings, Dodge and his colleagues established the Fast Track Project, a comprehensive program designed to prevent young adult chronic violence by working with high-risk children to develop their academic and social skills. He was also instrumental in creating Durham Connects, a program that provides free in-home nurse visits to all infants and their families in Durham County, North Carolina. The program has been shown to greatly decrease infant emergency medical care in a child's first year of life. Dodge has published more than 400 scientific articles, and, in 2003, he was recognized by the Web of Science as being among the top 0.5 percent of “Most Highly-Cited Scientists”. Dodge was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. His awards include the Distinguished Scientist of the Year by the Child Mind Institute, the J.P. Scott Award for Lifetime Contribution to Aggression Research from the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the Senior Research Scientist award from the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Dodge serves on the editorial board for the journals Clinical Psychological Science,Parenting: Science and Practice, and Aggressive Behavior.
Prior to arriving at Duke, Dodge served on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Colorado and Vanderbilt University.
Selected service committees
President-Elect, Society for Research in Child Development (2017–2019)
Member, Panel on the Working Class, Brookings Institution and America Enterprise Institute (2017–)
Member, Advisory Board, Weiss Institute (2017–2019)
Member, Advisory Board, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina (2017–)
Member, Council of Directors, International Society for Research on Aggression (2016–)
Member, American Psychological Association Task Force on Violent Media (2013– )
Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (2013– )
Elected Member, Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research (2012– )
Elected Member, Governing Council for the Society for Research in Child Development (2011–2017)
Co-author, Brief of Amici Curiae to the United States Supreme Court on Behalf of Petitioners, Evan Miller v. State of Alabama, Kuntrell Jackson v. State of Arkansas (January 2012)
Schwartz, David; Lansford, Jennifer E.; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Pettit, Gregory S.; Bates, John E. (2018). "Peer Victimization during Middle Childhood as a Marker of Attenuated Risk for Adult Arrest". Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 46: 57–65. doi:10.1007/s10802-017-0354-x. hdl:10161/15810.
Dodge, K.A. (Editor) (2017). The current state of scientific knowledge on pre-kindergarten effects. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution.
Bierman, K.L., Greenberg M.T., Coie, J.D., Dodge, K.A., Lochman, J.E., & McMahon, R.J. (2017). Social and emotional skills training for children: The Fast Track friendship group manual. New York: Guilford Press.
Dodge, Kenneth A.; Bai, Yu; Ladd, Helen F.; Muschkin, Clara G. (2017). "Impact of North Carolina's Early Childhood Programs and Policies on Educational Outcomes in Elementary School". Child Development. 88 (3): 996–1014. doi:10.1111/cdev.12645. hdl:10161/13015. PMID27859011.
Dodge, K. A.; Goodman, W. B.; Murphy, R. A.; O'Donnell, K.; Sato, J. (2013). "Randomized Controlled Trial of Universal Postnatal Nurse Home Visiting: Impact on Emergency Care". Pediatrics. 132: S140–S146. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-1021M. PMID24187116.
Dodge, K.A., Malone, P.S., Lansford, J.E., Miller, S., Pettit, G.S., & Bates, J.E. "A Dynamic Cascade Model of the Development of Substance-Use Onset". Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development. 74, Serial No. 294, 2009.
Crick, Nicki R.; Dodge, Kenneth A. (1994). "A review and reformulation of social information-processing mechanisms in children's social adjustment". Psychological Bulletin. 115: 74–101. doi:10.1037//0033-2909.115.1.74.
Dodge, Kenneth A.; Pettit, Gregory S.; McClaskey, Cynthia L.; Brown, Melissa M.; Gottman, John M. (1986). "Social Competence in Children". Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development. 51 (2): i. doi:10.2307/1165906. JSTOR1165906.