Her dedication to mentoring young scholars has earned Keisha Bentley-Edwards, PhD, the Distinguished Service Award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections Program. Bentley-Edwards was presented with this award last week at the program's Capstone Symposium held in New Orleans, LA.
"It was a tremendous honor to be recognized by this organization that has provided me so much support for my research and my career," says Bentley-Edwards.
As a 2014 grantee of this program, she was often asked to provide insights on research, grantsmanship and provide mentorship to younger scholars. This award was in recognition of that national service.
Bentley Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Duke and Director of the Health Equity Working Group at the DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity while also conducting research and assisting in the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. She is trained as a developmental psychologist, and is an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on the racialized experiences we encounter in our day to day lives.