KEISHA L. BENTLEY-EDWARDS, PHD

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New Research: #Denominations Matter in understanding the connection between Religion & Health for Black Young Adults

November 6, 2020

New co-authored publication in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Denominational and Gender Differences in Hypertension Among African American Christian Young Adults. We found that differences in hypertension by Christian denomination were most profound in women. Pentecostal women had much higher odds of hypertension than women who were Baptist or Catholic. The link to the article is below.

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BACKGROUND

An Interdisciplinary Approach

I am an interdisciplinary scholar. I investigate how racism, gender, and culture influence development throughout the lifespan, primarily focusing on African Americans. An underlying thread in my research is the use of cultural strengths to promote resiliency in families, communities, and schools in the face of racial stressors and challenging social contexts. 

I earned my doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development. There, I received in-depth training on methodology, theory, and the study of racial stress, racial socialization, and gender. My Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University, were the foundations for my interest in resiliency.

As an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine and the Associate Director of Research/Director of the Health Equity Working Group at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, I conduct research on how racism, gender, and culture influence health, social and educational outcomes. Beyond identifying disparities, I also investigate the ways that systems can be improved and how cultural strengths can be used to promote resiliency and positive health outcomes in African Americans throughout their lives.

My research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. I regularly share my expertise with policymakers, practitioners, the media, and the broader community. 

 

PUBLISHED WORK

Scholarly Papers, Book Chapters, Research Briefs & Op-Eds

OVERVIEW

My work crosses into the realms of psychology, health, education, and Black studies. Overall, I study how race, racial socialization, and racism affect the health and well-being of children and adults. Most of my research is on African Americans, however, I also examine how White families socialize their children on race. My emerging research examines the influence of religion and spirituality on cardiovascular disease in Black adults.

RACIAL SOCIALIZATION

RACIAL COHESION

BLACK WOMEN & GIRLS

BLACK BOYS

PRE-SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE & EDUCATION ISSUES

RACE,

BLACK STUDIES & RACISM STRESS

 
 

PUBLIC LECTURES &
EXPERT COMMENTARY

““…I am deliberate and
afraid of nothing.”

-Audre Lorde's New Year's Day Poem

SHARING MY INSIGHTS & EXPERTISE

I often provide insight to local and national media outlets on a wide range of issues that deal with youth, race & racism, health and education. I often do lectures, panels and workshops in university, community, school, and church settings. Links to some of these appearances are below. You can click here for the video gallery.

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