Distinguished Scientist Award

Awarded each year in recognition of an outstanding contribution to child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology or developmental neuroscience.

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.

Kenneth A. Dodge, PhD, is the recipient of the Child Mind Institute’s 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Dodge is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, where he founded the Center for Child and Family Policy. He is a leading scholar in the development and prevention of conduct disorder and aggressive and violent behaviors. His work provides a model for understanding how some young children grow up to engage in aggression and violence, and 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 at Duke in September 1998. He is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist, having earned his BA in psychology at Northwestern University in 1975 and his PhD in psychology at Duke University in 1978. 

As director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, he leads efforts to bridge research on children’s development with public policy in areas such as economic distress, delinquency, substance use, school dropout, early childhood education and child abuse. 

Past Honorees:

2016 Distinguished Scientist Award – John Rubenstein, MD, PhD
2015 Distinguished Scientist Award – Thomas Insel, MD
2014 Distinguished Scientist Award – Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD
2013 Distinguished Scientist Award – Nora Volkow, MD
2012 Distinguished Scientist Award – Eric R. Kandel, MD
2011 Distinguished Scientist Award – Judith Rapoport, MD, and Jerome Kagan, PhD