©2019 by Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards

KEISHA L. BENTLEY-EDWARDS, PHD

THE LATEST

 

The News & Observer: Urban or rural, black lives in NC are being cut short almost before they begin

January 29, 2020

Investigative reporting by the Raleigh News & Observer revealed the alarmingly high racial disparities in infant mortality in North Carolina and nationwide. I provided commentary on the issue of racism and toxic stress on Black women's adverse birth outcomes.

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BACKGROUND

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Trained as a developmental psychologist, I am an interdisciplinary scholar who focuses on the racialized experiences we encounter in our day to day lives. These experiences can range from overt racism and bullying to the institutional barriers that may compromise paths to healthy lives and success in school. For some people, these racial barriers cause them to seek support from other members of their community and promote sociopolitical agency. 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 cultural strengths can be used to promote resiliency and positive health outcomes, in African Americans throughout their lives.

 

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

“Give light and people will find the way.”

-Ella Baker

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.

IN THE MEDIA

 

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