Keisha Leanne Bentley-Edwards, PhD

Assistant 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

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, July 29, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-019-00888-6.

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Scardamalia, K., K. L. Bentley-Edwards, and K. Grasty. “Consistently inconsistent: An examination of the variability in the identification of emotional disturbance.” Psychology in the Schools 56, no. 4 (April 1, 2019): 569–81. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22213.

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Bentley-Edwards, K. L., L. V. Smith, P. A. Robbins, and V. N. Adams-Bass. “Out of the Hood, But Not Out of the Woods: The School Engagement and Cohesion of Black Students Based on Exposure to Violence and Victimization.” Urban Review, January 1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11256-019-00517-2.

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Bentley-Edwards, K. L., M. C. Edwards, C. N. Spence, W. A. Darity, D. Hamilton, and J. Perez. “How does it feel to be a problem? The missing Kerner commission report.” Rsf 4, no. 6 (September 1, 2018): 20–40. https://doi.org/10.7758/rsf.2018.4.6.02.

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Bentley-Edwards, K., and V. Adams-Bass. “The Whole Picture: Examining Black Women Through the Life Span.” In Afrikan American Women Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture, 189–201. Cognella Academic Publishing, 2017.

Scholars@Duke

Michael, A., C. Coleman-King, S. Lee, C. Ramirez, and K. Bentley-Edwards. “Naming the Unnamed: White Culture in Relief.” In White Women’s Work Examining the Intersectionality of Teaching, Identity, and Race, edited by S. Hancock and C. Warren, 19–43. Information Age Publishing, 2017.

Scholars@Duke

Sanchez, D., K. L. Bentley-Edwards, J. S. Matthews, and T. Granillo. “Exploring Divergent Patterns in Racial Identity Profiles Between Caribbean Black American and African American Adolescents: The Links to Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Concerns.” Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development 44, no. 4 (October 1, 2016): 285–304. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmcd.12054.

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Bartoli, Eleonora, Ali Michael, Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, Howard C. Stevenson, Rachel E. Shor, and Shannon E. McClain. “Training for colour-blindness: white racial socialisation.” Whiteness and Education 1, no. 2 (July 2, 2016): 125–36. https://doi.org/10.1080/23793406.2016.1260634.

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Bentley-Edwards, K. L., E. Agonafer, R. Edmondson, and A. Flannigan. “If i can do for my people, i can do for myself: Examining racial factors for their influence on goal efficacy for black college students.” Journal of College Student Development 57, no. 2 (March 1, 2016): 151–67. https://doi.org/10.1353/csd.2016.0018.

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Bentley-Edwards, K. L. “Hope, Agency, or Disconnect: Scale Construction for Measures of Black Racial Cohesion and Dissonance.” Journal of Black Psychology 42, no. 1 (February 1, 2016): 73–99. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095798414557670.

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