Valerie Adams-Bass

Assistant Professor of Education

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • M.Ed., Temple University, 2002
  • B.S., Philadelphia University, 1995

My research examines the relationships of racial socialization and racial identity with the developmental processes, social and academic outcomes of Black children and youth. I am particularly interested in how Black adolescents interpret negative media stereotypes and whether the messages presented are internalized or buffered as a result of racial socialization experiences. I am also interested in research informed culturally relevant professional development for practitioners who work with African American youth and families. I believe in connecting research to practice. I have been a lead consultant with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey's Center for Youth Development, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh Teen Services Department. Recently, I worked with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to revise the Teen Reading Lounge Program into a culturally inclusive out-of-school program for adolescents. As an applied researcher, I have conducted research with urban African American and Latino adolescents, South African youth and facilitated training with adults and youth on college preparation, science, civic engagement, and life skills curriculum and activities.

Research Interests

  • African American Adolescents
  • Body Image
  • Negative Media Stereotypes
  • Gender
  • Identity Development
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Racial/Ethnic Identity
  • Racial Socialization
  • Resiliency


Chapman-Hilliard, C & Adams-Bass, V.N. (2015). A Conceptual   Framework for Utilizing Black History Knowledge as a Path to   Psychological Liberation for Black Youth. Journal of Black Psychology.

Adams-Bass, V.N., Bentley-Edwards, K. L., & Stevenson H. (2014). That’s not me I see on TV: African American youth interpret images of Black females. Women, Gender and Families of Color. 2, 79-100.

Adams-Bass, V.N., Stevenson H., Slaughter-Kotzin, D. (2014). Measuring the meaning of Black media stereotypes and their relationship to the racial identity, and racial/ethnic socialization of African American youth. Journal of Black Studies. 45, 367-395.

Stark C., Adams-Bass V., Devine C., and Dollahite, J. (2013). Building the   capability of extension professionals to apply an ecological approach to   preventing childhood obesity in their communities. Nutritional   Education and Behavior. 45, S89.

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., & Adams-Bass, V. N. (2013). The whole picture:  Examining Black women through the life span. In Psychology of Black   Women. H. O. Jackson Lowman (Ed.), Cognella Press/University\   Readers.