Candice Odgers, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Policy, Psychology and Neuroscience
Associate Director, Center for Child and Family Policy
Research interests & goals:
Candice Odgers is a Professor of Public Policy, Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. Dr. Odgers’s first area of research focuses on the developmental course and consequences of childhood behavioral problems. Her work addressed questions such as: (a) Do early-onset and persistent behavioral problems in childhood predict poor physical health in adulthood? (b) What are the daily and contextual triggers of antisocial behavior during early adolescence? Dr. Odgers’ second research area focuses on how neighborhood settings and exposure to early adversity and inequality influence children’s development. Here she asks: (a) Can the presence of neighborhood collective efficacy protect children growing up in poverty? (b) How does exposure to neighborhood-level inequality and violence influence children’s behavior and mental health? (c) Can online tools, such as Google Street View, be used to capture key features of the neighborhoods where children live and attend school?
Dr. Odgers integrates methodological and statistical innovations to advance the understanding of child development in context and is currently testing how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve the lives of young people.