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Kenneth A. Dodge

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy
Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708-0545
214A Sanford Building, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708

Awards & Honors

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Member/Fellow

National American Academy of Arts and Sciences · 2023 More about this award

Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences (Visiting)

University Brigham Young University · 2020


International Society for Research in Child Development · 2019

Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology

National American Psychological Association · 2018


International Society for Prevention Research · 2018

Early Childhood Champion

State Guilford Child Development · 2018 More about this award

Distinguished Scientist of the Year

Scholarly Society Child Mind Institute · 2017 Each year the Child Mind Institute Scientific Research Council selects an exceptional researcher for the Distinguished Scientist Award, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology or developmental neuroscience. The award carries a prize of $25,000 and is presented at the Child Mind Institute Annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner in December. The recipient is invited to present at the On the Shoulders of Giants scientific symposium held each October. More about this award

Service to Society for Prevention Research Award

Scholarly Society Society for Prevention Research · 2017 2017 Service to SPR Award was presented to the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (CPPRG) including Drs. Karen Bierman, John Coie, Ken Dodge, Mark Greenberg, John Lochman, and Robert McMahon. The individual members of the CPPRG have generously contributed their royalties from the CPPRG Fast Track program for the past seven years to SPR. The royalties which total more than $75,000 support SPR’s training and professional development programs and activities for early career prevention scientists. Fast Track is a comprehensive intervention project designed to look at how children develop across their lives by providing academic tutoring and lessons in developing social skills and regulating their behaviors. Selection began when the participants entered kindergarten and children were placed either in the intervention group or the control group. The intervention was guided by a developmental theory stating the interaction of multiple influences on the development of behavior. There can be multiple stressors and influences on children and families that increase their risk levels. In such contexts, some families that experience marital conflict and instability can cause inconsistent and ineffective parenting. These children can sometimes enter school poorly prepared for the social, emotional, and cognitive demands of this setting. Often the child will then attend a school with a high number of other children who are similarly unprepared and are negatively influenced by disruptive classroom situations and punitive teacher practices. Over time, children in these circumstances tend to demonstrate particular behaviors, are rejected by families and peers, and tend to receive less support from teachers, further increasing aggressive exchanges and academic difficulties. As youth get older, their risk for these behaviors increase due to peer influences, academic difficulties, and their personal identity development. The Fast Track project is thus based on the hypothesis that improving child competencies, parenting effectiveness, school context and school-home communications will, over time, contribute to preventing certain behaviors across the period from early childhood through adolescence. More about this award

Inaugural Presidential Citation Award for Excellence in Research

Scholarly Society Society for Research in Adolescence · 2016

Families and Health Section Outstanding Professional Publication Award

National National Council on Family Relations · 2016

Member (NAM)

National National Academy of Medicine · 2015 The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. More about this award

“Public Service Matters” Spotlight Award

Scholarly Society Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration · 2014 "Spotlight Award" for outstanding contributions toward solving public sector problems More about this award


National Association for Psychological Science · 2013

Lagerspetz Awards

International International Society for Research on Aggression · 2012 In honor of Kirsti Lagerspetz, ISRA co-founder and contributor to aggression research, the Lagerspetz Awards are given at each biennial World Meeting to junior scholars who deliver either poster or podium presentations. To be eligible for a Lagerspetz Award, a presenter must be either a student in a terminal degree program or a person who is within two years of having completed a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.). Recipients of the award must be the first author of the paper or poster presentation. Awards are made at the end of the World Meeting. Recipients of the award will receive a certificate documenting the award and a cash honorarium. More about this award

Science to Practice Award

Scholarly Society Society for Prevention Research · 2010 The Science to Practice Award is given in recognition of continued support for the implementation of research-based prevention practices in real world settings. More about this award


Scholarly Society Society for Experimental Social Psychology · 2009

Distinguished Research Award in Human Development

National American Education Research Association Division E · 2003


Scholarly Society American Association for the Advancement of Science · 2003

Highly Cited Researcher

National Thomson Reuters · 2001

Division 7-Developmental Psychology-Boyd McCandless Award

National American Psychological Association · 1985

Distinguished Scientific Awards for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology

National American Psychological Association · 1984

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