Associate Director of Research, Director of Health Equity Working Group, and Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine

(919) 668-4580

Room A210, Erwin Mill

Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an Assistant Professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine, General Internal Medicine Division and the Associate Director of Research, and Director of the Health Equity Working Group for the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. She is a developmental psychologist who uses a cultural lens to understand the human experience and health outcomes. Dr. Bentley-Edwards’ research focuses on how race, gender and racism stress influence social, physical and emotional health as well as academic outcomes. Her work has particularly focused upon the development of culturally relevant measurement and research that addresses racial/ethnic socialization, racial cohesion and dissonance and the intersection of race and gender throughout the lifespan. As a RWJF New Connections Scholar, she investigated the assessment of bullying experiences of Black children. Her current NIH funded research examines the relationship between religion and spirituality and cardiovascular disease for African Americans. Overall, she uses research to guide parents, policy makers and practitioners to support the healthy functioning of African Americans and their families.