Keisha Bentley-Edwards
Published December 5, 2014
Updated March 11, 2021

Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an assistant professor in medicine at Duke University, and affiliated with the Duke Global Health Initiative and the Duke Cancer Institute.

Bentley-Edwards researches the experiences of youth in racial socialization primarily in Black and white youth, as well as the messages that white parents provide to their children around race. Her work examines how race, culture and racism stress influence how the world responds to Black Americans and how this influences health and social disparities. She develops measures to examine how cultural strengths can be used to minimize the negative outcomes related to racism stress, violence, aggression, bullying, and community stressors.

Previously, she taught in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Expertise: Psychological development of the African American experience in the United States, adolescent racial socialization, human development, culture, learning sciences, racism, health disparities, race and health, whiteness

Location: Durham, N.C.


Twitter: @Keisha_Bentley

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Dr. Bentley-Edwards Discusses the Reaction After Ferguson

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