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Office: SZB 506J
Hours: Thursdays 11:00a-12:30p
Appointments are preferred



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Courses of Instruction
Fall Semesters:
EDP 362 Psychology of the African American Experience
EDP 385  Individual through the Life Cycle
Spring Semesters:
EDP 385 Adolescent Psychosocial Development
EDP 363M 5-Psychological Development of Black Women

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5800

Full Vita
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My research has focused on the racial experiences of youth. In particular, I examine how cultural strengths can be used to minimize the negative outcomes related to racism stress, violence and aggression, bullying and community stressors. I have co-developed measurements of racial/ethnic socialization and developed assessments of racial cohesion and perceptions of same-race violence in the Black community. These culturally relevant measures ascertain how racial experiences influence youth health and academic outcomes. I also examine racial socialization in White families, and how these conversations impede or facilitate healthy interracial relationships. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connection Scholar, I am studying the assessment, treatment and socialization processes of Black children that experience bullying.


PhD - University of Pennsylvania, Applied Psychology & Human Development
MA - Teachers College, Columbia University
BA - Howard University

Representative Publications

Bentley-Edwards, K. L. (In Press). Hope, Agency or Disconnect: Scale Construction for Measures of Black Racial Cohesion and Dissonance Journal of Black Psychology.

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., & Adams-Bass, V. N. (2013). The Whole Picture: Examining Black women through the life span. In H. O. a. Jackson Lowman (Ed.), Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture (pp. 189-201): Cognella Press.

Adams-Bass, V. N., Bentley-Edwards, K. L., & Stevenson, H. C. (2014). That’s Not Me I See On TV: African American youth interpret media images Of Black females. Women, Gender and Families of Color, 2(1), 79-100. doi: 10.1353/wgf.2014.0000

Bartoli, E., Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Michael, A., Garcia, A. M., & Ervin, A. (In Press). What do White counselors need to know about race?: White racial socialization in counselor education programs. Women & Therapy.

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Agonafer, E., Edmondson, R., & Flannigan, A. (In Press). 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.

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., & Chapman-Hilliard, C. (In Press). Doing race in different places: Black racial cohesion on Black and White college campuses. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Recent Awards

  • Member, UT Austin Society for Teaching Excellence
  • Summer Research Assignment (SRA) Award, University of Texas at Austin

Current Research Projects and Grants

Identifying culturally appropriate bullying assessments to address disparities in assessment and treatment of African American bullies and victims

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-New Connections, Junior Investigators Grant.

This project addresses the gap in research literature and practice regarding Bullying and African American youth. I am conducting an extensive review of the literature to ascertain the degree to which African American youth are included in bullying assessment and intervention efforts, as well as the socialization youth receive about bullying from family, teachers and their communities.

Using Cultural Strengths To Combat The Deleterious Effects Of Same-Race Violence.

University of Texas at Austin College of Education Dean's Fellowship.

This project investigates racial socialization and racial cohesion for its ability to mediate the relationship between same-race violence exposure and negative outcomes. This project includes the piloting of a measure of same-race violence.

Research Interests and Expertise

  • How Youth React to Racism & Racial Stress
  • Bullying 
  • Black Racial Socialization
  • Black Racial Cohesion & Racial Dissonance
  • How Black Families & Communities Respond to Shootings of Unarmed Youth
  • Promoting Resilience in African Americans
  • Black Women's Psychology & Mental Health
  • Racial Literacy of White Teachers and Families
  • Racial Socialization in White Families
  • Preschool to Prison Pipeline-Disparate Disciplinary Practices

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American Education Research Association
    Association of Black Psychologists
    National Black Child Development Institute
    Society for Research in Child Development