Keisha Leanne Bentley-Edwards, PhD

Associate Professor in Medicine
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Email address keisha.bentley.edwards@duke.edu

I am a developmental psychologist who uses a cultural lens to understand social, emotional and academic outcomes. My work specifically examines how race, culture and racism stress influence how the world responds to Black Americans and how this influences health and social disparities. I develop culturally cognizant measures, specifically in the areas of racial/ethnic socialization, racial cohesion and dissonance and same-race violence. As an interdisciplinary researcher, I examine the racial and societal contexts that influence health, coping and well-being in schools, communities and within families. I am also the Associate Director of Research and the Director of the Health Equity Working Group for the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity.

Areas of research include:

  • Racial/Cultural Determinants of Health & Educational Outcomes
  • African American Psychology
  • Race, Religion & Health
  • Using Cultural Strengths to Promote Resilience
  • Racism, Sexism & Discrimination
  • Unarmed Shootings of Black People/Police Brutality
  • Navigating Race and Racial Tensions
  • Racial Socialization
  • Culturally Relevant Assessment
  • Race & Ethnicity in Schools & Communities
  • Effects of At-Risk Neighborhoods on Youth 
  • Bullying 
  • Black Racial Cohesion & Dissonance
  • Black Women's Psychology & Mental Health
  • (Pre)school to Prison Pipeline-Disparate Disciplinary Practices
  • Exposure to Violence
  • Health Equity
  • Black Families
  • Racial Identity
  • Black Children, Adolescents & College Students

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • M.A., Columbia University, 2000

Publications

Carr, Loneke T Blackman, Caryn Bell, Candice Alick, and Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards. “Responding to Health Disparities in Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions and COVID-19 in Black Adults: Recommendations for Health Equity.” J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 9, no. 3 (June 2022): 739–47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-022-01269-8.

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35192179
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Hollowell, Adam, Jonas Swartz, Evan Myers, Al Erkanli, Clarice Hu, Andrew Shin, and Keisha Bentley-Edwards. “Telemedicine services in higher education: a review of college and university websites.” J Am Coll Health, March 17, 2022, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2022.2047703.

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35298352
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Griffith, Eric E., Keisha Bentley-Edwards, and Melissa J. Scott. “Religion and spirituality moderates the relationship between hypertension and dementia risk among Black people.” In American Journal of Human Biology, Vol. 34, 2022.

Scholars@Duke

Scott, M. J., P. A. Robbins, E. Conde, and K. L. Bentley-Edwards. “Depression in the African American Christian Community: Examining Denominational and Gender Differences.” Journal of Religion and Health, January 1, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-022-01528-2.

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Robbins, Paul A., Melissa J. Scott, Eugenia Conde, Yannet Daniel, William A. Darity, and Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards. “Denominational and Gender Differences in Hypertension Among African American Christian Young Adults.” J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 8, no. 5 (October 2021): 1332–43. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-020-00895-4.

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33067763
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Robbins, Paul A., Melissa J. Scott, Eugenia Conde, Yannet Daniel, William A. Darity, and Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards. “Correction to: Denominational and Gender Differences in Hypertension Among African American Christian Young Adults.” J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 8, no. 5 (October 2021): 1344. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-020-00919-z.

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33159285
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Bentley-Edwards, K. L., P. A. Robbins, L. T. Blackman Carr, I. Z. Smith, E. Conde, and W. A. Darity. “Denominational Differences in Obesity Among Black Christian Adults: Why Gender and Life Stage Matter.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 60, no. 3 (September 1, 2021): 498–515. https://doi.org/10.1111/jssr.12722.

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Coleman-King, C., V. Adams-Bass, K. Bentley-Edwards, D. Thomas, C. Thompson, A. Michael, G. Miller, B. Charity-Parker, and H. Stevenson. “Got skillz? Recasting and negotiating racial tension in teacher–student relationships amidst shifting demographics.” Social Sciences 10, no. 3 (March 1, 2021). https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10030099.

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Bentley-Edwards, Keisha L., Loneke T. Blackman Carr, Paul A. Robbins, Eugenia Conde, Khaing Zaw, and William A. Darity. “Investigating Denominational and Church Attendance Differences in Obesity and Diabetes in Black Christian Men and Women.” J Relig Health 59, no. 6 (December 2020): 3055–70. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-019-00888-6.

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31359241
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Bentley-Edwards, K. L., H. C. Stevenson, D. E. Thomas, V. N. Adams-Bass, and C. Coleman-King. “Teaching scared: pre-service teacher appraisals of racial stress, socialization and classroom management self-efficacy.” Social Psychology of Education 23, no. 5 (October 1, 2020): 1233–57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11218-020-09578-8.

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