Keisha Leanne Bentley-Edwards, PhD

Assistant Professor in Medicine
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, K, and Adams-Bass, V. "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, December 31, 2017. (Chapter)

Scholars@Duke

Michael, A, Coleman-King, C, Lee, S, Ramirez, C, and Bentley-Edwards, K. "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. (Chapter)

Scholars@Duke

Sanchez, D, Bentley-Edwards, KL, Matthews, JS, and Granillo, T. "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 2016): 285-304.

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Bartoli, E, Michael, A, Bentley-Edwards, KL, Stevenson, HC, Shor, RE, and McClain, SE. "Training for colour-blindness: white racial socialisation." Whiteness and Education 1, no. 2 (July 2, 2016): 125-136.

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Bentley-Edwards, KL. "Hope, Agency, or Disconnect." Journal of Black Psychology 42, no. 1 (February 2016): 73-99.

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Bentley-Edwards, KL, and Stevenson, HC. "The Multidimensionality of Racial/Ethnic Socialization: Scale Construction for the Cultural and Racial Experiences of Socialization (CARES)." Journal of Child and Family Studies 25, no. 1 (January 2016): 96-108.

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Bentley-Edwards, KL, Agonafer, E, Edmondson, R, and Flannigan, A. "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 (2016): 151-167.

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Bartoli, E, Bentley-Edwards, KL, García, AM, Michael, A, and Ervin, A. "What Do White Counselors and Psychotherapists Need to Know About Race? White Racial Socialization in Counseling and Psychotherapy Training Programs." Women & Therapy 38, no. 3-4 (October 2, 2015): 246-262.

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Bentley-Edwards, KL, and Chapman-Hilliard, C. "Doing race in different places: Black racial cohesion on Black and White college campuses." Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 8, no. 1 (2015): 43-60.

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Adams-Bass, , Bentley-Edwards, , and Stevenson, . "That's Not Me I See on TV . . . : African American Youth Interpret Media Images of Black Females." Women, Gender, and Families of Color 2, no. 1 (2014): 79-79.

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