Research & Publications

My work crosses into the realms of psychology, health, education, and Black studies. Overall, I study how racism, gender, and culture affect well-being throughout the lifespan. Most of my research is on African Americans, however, I also examine how White families socialize their children on race and racism. If you have difficulty getting these articles or manuscripts, please contact me. 

 

How do we talk to about race, culture and racism?

Black boys in school and in the world

How does religion influence the health outcomes of African Americans

Research on racism in all of its forms is an underlying thread in all my work. This section discusses racism directly.

My framework and measurement of Black youth's sociopolitical racial agency, psychological cohesion, and racial dissonance. 

Black Studies,
Socio-historical Contexts Matter and Racism Broadly

Short reports on pressing topics in health & education

My thoughts on a variety of topics

From Perinatal health to school girls and into womanhood...

#ListenToBlackWomen

Black students, their teachers and school environment

Research and recommendations for
health equity

 

Racial Cohesion

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Smith, L. V., Robbins, P. A., & Adams-Bass, V. N. (2019). Out of the Hood, But Not Out of the Woods: The School Engagement and Cohesion of Black Students Based on Exposure to Violence and Victimization. The Urban Review. doi: 10.1007/s11256-019-00517-2

Bentley-Edwards, K. L. (2016). Hope, Agency, or Disconnect: Scale Construction for Measures of Black Racial Cohesion and Dissonance. Journal of Black Psychology. 42(1), 73-79. doi: 10.1177/0095798414557670

 

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Agonafer, E., Edmondson, R., & Flannigan, A. (2016). 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(2), 151-167. doi: 10.1353/csd.2016.0018

 

Bentley-Edwards, K. L. & Chapman-Hilliard, C. (2015). Doing Race in different places: Black Racial Cohesion on Black and White college campuses. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 8(1), 43-60. doi: 10.1037/a0038293.

Pre-K thru 12+ Education Issues

African American Religion & Health

Scott, M. J., Robbins, P. A., Conde, E., & Bentley-Edwards, K. L. (2022). Depression in the African American Christian Community: Examining Denominational and Gender Differences. Journal of Religion and Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-022-01528-2 

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Robbins, P. A., & Hubbard, L. (2021). Eat, Pray, Live: A closer look at the role of gender and denomination in the faith-health connection for African Americans. Retrieved from Durham, NC

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Robbins, P. A., Blackman Carr, L. T., Smith, I. Z., Conde, E., & Darity Jr., W. A. Denominational Differences in Obesity Among Black Christian Adults: Why Gender and Life Stage Matter. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Robbins, P. A., Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Blackman Carr, L. T., Conde, E., Van Vliet, R., & Darity Jr, W. A. (2020). Shades of Black: Gendered denominational variation in depression symptoms among Black Christians. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. doi: 10.1037/rel0000398

Robbins, P. A., Scott, M. J., Conde, E., Daniel, Y., Darity, W. A., & Bentley-Edwards, K. L. (2020). Denominational and Gender Differences in Hypertension Among African American Christian Young Adults. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00895-4

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Blackman Carr, L. T., Robbins, P. A., Conde, E., Zaw, K., & Darity, W. A. (2019). Investigating Denominational and Church Attendance Differences in Obesity and Diabetes in Black Christian Men and Women. Journal of Religion and Health. doi: 10.1007/s10943-019-00888-6

Racism & Discrimination

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Smith, L. V., Robbins, P. A., & Adams-Bass, V. N. (2019). Out of the Hood, But Not Out of the Woods: The School Engagement and Cohesion of Black Students Based on Exposure to Violence and Victimization. The Urban Review. doi: 10.1007/s11256-019-00517-2

Smith, I. Z., Blackman Carr, L. T., El-Amin, S., Bentley-Edwards, K. L., & Darity Jr, W. A. (2019). Inequity in Place: Obesity Disparities and the Legacy of Racial Residential Segregation and Social Immobility.Durham, NC.

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Edwards, M. C., Spence, C. N., Darity Jr, W. A., Hamilton, D., & Perez, J. (2018). How Does it Feel to be a Problem? The Missing Kerner Commission Report. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 4(6), 20-40. 

Smith, I. Z., Bentley-Edwards, K. L., El-Amin, S., & Darity Jr, W. (2018). Fighting at Birth: Eradicating the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap. Durham, NC:

Bentley-Edwards, K. L. (2016). Hope, Agency, or Disconnect: Scale Construction for Measures of Black Racial Cohesion and Dissonance. Journal of Black Psychology. 42(1), 73-79. doi: 10.1177/0095798414557670

 

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Agonafer, E., Edmondson, R., & Flannigan, A. (2016). 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(2), 151-167. doi: 10.1353/csd.2016.0018

 

Bentley-Edwards, K. L. & Chapman-Hilliard, C. (2015). Doing Race in different places: Black Racial Cohesion on Black and White college campuses. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 8(1), 43-60. doi: 10.1037/a0038293.