Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards

Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards

Assistant Professor

Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 506J
Tuesday: 12:00-1:30p
Appointments are preferred. Additional days/times may be scheduled. Email is the most efficient way to contact me.



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


My research has focused on how cultural strengths can be used as a source of resilience by minimizing the negative outcomes related to racism stress, violence and aggression, and school/community stressors for youth. I have co-developed measurements of racial/ethnic socialization and racial cohesion, primarily in the Black community, and used these culturally relevant assessments to ascertain their influence on youth health, social and academic outcomes. I also examine the racialized experiences and socialization of White youth to better understand their influences on interactions with people of color. My emerging research will examine the sociocultural factors related to bullying behavior and victimization.



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

Representative Publications

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). 

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Thomas, D. E., & Stevenson, H. (2013). Raising Consciousness: Promoting healthy coping among African American boys at school. In C. Clauss-Ehlers, Z. Serpell & M. Weist (Eds.), Handbook of Culturally Responsive School Mental Health: Advancing Research, Training, Practice, and Policy Springer.

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

Thomas, D. E., Coard, S. I., Stevenson, H. C., Bentley, K. L., & Zamel, P. C. (2009). Racial and emotional factors predicting teachers' perceptions of classroom behavioral maladjustment for urban African American male youth. Psychology in the Schools, 46(2), 184-196.

Bentley, K. L., Adams, V. N., & Stevenson, H. C. (2009). Racial Socialization: Roots, Processes & Outcomes in The Handbook of African American Psychology, Neville, H., Tynes, B. & Utsey, S. O. (Eds.). Sage Publications. 

Recent Awards

  • Member, UT Society for Teaching Excellence

Research Interests and Expertise

African American children and adolescents, African American gender issues, racial identity, racial socialization (acquisition of knowledge on race and racism), cultural and community contexts, altruism/community engagement, coping with racism, academic and social outcomes, class and upward mobility in the Black community

Boards, Committees and Associations

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