Valerie N. Adams-Bass

Valerie N. Adams-Bass, PhD
Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies
Phone: 856-225-6083
Office:  329 Cooper Street, Room 209

Valerie N. Adams-Bass is an applied researcher seeking to advance scholarship that provides meaningful contributions to the lives of Black youth and their families. Her research integrates contextual factors with a focus on how Black children see themselves and related outcomes. She is most interested in examining how media exposure influences inter-personal interactions and self-concept. Her research also investigates how racial/ethnic socialization experiences and racial identity are related to the process of identity development, the social and the academic experiences of Black children and youth. Dr. Adams-Bass lived and taught in Namibia as a Volunteer Teacher for Africa and served as a Rotary Ambassador Scholar in South Africa where she participated in a community-based research project with South African youth. She is a Developmental Psychologist, earning her Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Education in Urban Education from Temple University. Dr. Adams-Bass regularly trains youth development professionals to use culturally relevant practices when working with African American children and youth. She is a faculty affiliate of the Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, and an affiliate faculty member of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Adams-Bass currently serves as a Member-At-Large of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Black Caucus Executive Board and is a member of the Research Advisory Board Member for National Court Appointed Special Advocates Guardians at Litem (CASA/GAL )Association for Children.


PhD (2011)  – Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Post graduate – Culture Communication and Media Studies, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa

MEd – Urban Education, TempleUniversity, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Black Adolescents, Media Stereotypes, Positive Youth Development, Racial/Ethnic Socialization

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Adam-Bass, V.N. & Chapman-Hilliard, C. (2021). Better to Have than to Have Not: Black History Knowledge. Educational Aspirations and Academic Achievement. Journal of Negro Education 90(4), 524-538.

Coleman-King, C., Adams-Bass, V., Bentley-Edwards, K., Thomas, D., Thompson, C., Michael, A., Miller, G., et al. (2021). Got Skillz? Recasting and Negotiating Racial Tension in Teacher–Student Relationships Amidst Shifting Demographics. Social Sciences10(3), 99. MDPI AG. Retrieved from

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Stevenson, H. C., Thomas, D. E., Adams-Bass, V. N., & Coleman-King, C. (2020). Teaching scared: Pre-service teacher appraisals of racial stress, socialization and classroom management self-efficacy. Social Psychology of Education, 23, 1233-1257. doi: 10.1007/s11218-020-09578-8.

Chapman-Hilliard, C., Hunter, E., Adams-Bass, V., Mbilishaka, A., Jones, B., Holmes, E., & Holman, A. C. (2021). The Roles of Racial Identity and Blacks’ Historical Narratives in Predicting Civic Engagement among Black Emerging Adults. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

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. Journal of Urban Issues. 51(4):1-19. doi: 10.1007/s11256-019-00517-2

Chapman-Hilliard, C. & Adams-Bass, V.N. (2015). A conceptual framework for utilizing Black history knowledge as apath to psychological liberation for Black youth. Journal of Black Psychology, 42(6), 479-507. doi:10.1177/0095798415597840  

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(1), 79-100. doi:10.5406/womgenfamcol.2.1.0079

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(5), 367-395.

Stark C., Adams-Bass V., Devine C., & Dollahite, J. (2013). Building the capability of extension professionals to applyan ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity in their communities. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(4S), S89.

Stark C, Adams V, Devine C., & Dollahite J. (2012). Building the capability of extension professionals to apply an ecological approach to preventing childhood obesity in their communities. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44 (4), S91.


Adams-Bass, V.N. (2020). Programming in Virtual Space Expanding the Doors of Public Libraries: A

Place for Teens School Library Connection, 6, pp 17-19.

Adams-Bass, V.N. (2020). Black American parenting during the CoVID-19 crisis. Successful Black Parent Magazine.


Adams-Bass, V.N., & Coleman-King, C.C. (2021). The Guardians of Black joy: Freedom Schools as Spaces ofHealing and Protection. In T.O. Jackson and N. Flowers (Eds). Black Mother Educators: Advancing Praxis for Access, Equity and Achievement. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

Adams-Bass, V.N. & Bentley-Edwards, K. L. (2020). The trouble with Black girl magic for Black girls. In Strong Black Girls Reclaiming Schools in Their Own Image. Apugo, D. Mawhinney, L. and Mbilishaka, A. (Eds.), Teachers College Press.

Adam-Bass, V.N., Henrici, E. (2019). Hardly ever…I don’t see it: Black youth speak about positive media images of Black men. In Banjo, O. (Ed.) Media Across the African Diaspora, Content, Audiences andInfluence. Routledge: New York.


Adams-Bass, V.N. Black Students, Black Communities; Much More than the Stats. In Hot Botton Topics Textbook King., B & Calabria, G. (Eds.) Kaysville: Gibbs Smith Education. In-press.

Adams-Bass, V.N. (2021). A Matter of Media: Cultural appropriation and expectations of Black girls. In S. J. Arki, B. Delano-Orriaran, A. Michael, E. Moore, M. W. Penick-Parks & O. Swindell (Eds.), Teaching Brilliant and Beautiful Black Girls. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

Bentley-Edwards, K. L., & Adams-Bass, V.N. (In-press, 2021). The whole picture: examining Black women throughthe life span. In Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture (revised). H. O. Jackson Lowman (Ed.), Cognella Press/University Readers.

Chapman-Hilliard, C. Holman, A., Adams-Bass, V., & Pace, S. (2019). The difference Black history knowledge canmake: A consideration of psychosocial influences. In King, L. (Ed.), Perspectives on teaching Black history in schools (pp. 227–250). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Deutsch, N.L., Williams, J.L. & Adams-Bass, V.N. (2019). Diversity in Extended Education in the United States. In Bae, S., Mahoney, J., Maschke, S., and Stecher, L. (Eds) International developments in research on extended education: Perspectives on extracurricular activities, after-school programs, and all-day schools. Barbara Budrich Publishers: Berlin.

Adam-Bass, V.N. (2017). Remain Firm. In Moore, E.; Michael, A. & Penick-Parks, M. (Eds) The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.

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

Adams, V.N., & Stevenson H. (2012). Media socialization, Black media images and Black adolescent identity. In Slaughter-Defoe, D. (Ed) Racial Stereotyping and Child Development Contributions to Human Development. Basel: Karger. 

Bentley, K., Adams, V.N., & Stevenson H. (2008). Racial socialization: roots processes and outcomes. In Handbook of African American Psychology. Neville, H., Tynes, B., & Utsey, S. Sage Publications.


Gaylord-Harden, N., Adams-Bass, V.N., Bogan, E., Francis, L., Scott, J., Seaton, E., Williams, J. (2020). Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for Black Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19Society for Research on Child Development, Washington D.C.

Co-Author, (2020). Practical Findings from the Virginia School Climate Survey Students’ Perceptions of Belonging atSchool Issue 21 Virginia Youth Violence Project, Charlottesville, VA

Adams-Bass, V.N., Atchison, D., & Moore L. (2015). Pilot-to-Purchase, Piloting Ed-tech Products in k-12 Public Schools. Digital Promise, Washington, D.C.

Adams, V.N. (2002). Penn State educational partnership program evaluation (PEPP) Robert Vaux site.


Adams-Bass, V.N. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 08, 2019 ID Number: 22663, Date Accessed: 2/8/2019 5:23:35 PM


Charity-Parker, B.M & Adams-Bass, V.N. Exploring Black Youth’s Belief in Racial Socialization Across Parental and Non-parental Agents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Accepted.

Adams-Bass, V.N. & Chapman-Hilliard, C. My History, My Body: Investigating Black History Knowledge, Body I Image. Racial/Ethnic Socialization and the Racial Identity of Black Youth. Journal of Black Psychology. Under review.

Bogan, E., Adams-Bass, V.N., Gaylord-Harden, N., Francis, L., Scott, J., Seaton, E., Williams, J. Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for Black Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19 Social Policy Report. Accepted.


Adams-Bass, V.N., Konold, T., & Cornell, D. Not Quite the Same; Differences in Academic Experience and Wellbeing Among Black High School Students

Adams-Bass, V.N. In Between the Sheets Racial Diversity in Essence Magazine Advertisements During the Obama Administration

Adams-Bass, V.N. Where Are My People? Generational Perspectives About Black Media Images.

Adams-Bass, V.N. Am I Black? It depends on who is asking.

Adams-Bass, V.N. I wish my dream will come true: Opportunity and Access for Black [Born Free] South African Youth. Contracted Book Palgrave

Adams-Bass, V.N., BIG is BEAUTIFUL: Media Images and Cultural Aesthetics Among African-American Adolescents

Adams-Bass, V.N., Coleman-King, C, Thompson, C., Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Thomas, D., Michael, A., Miller G., & Stevenson, H.C. Reframing the “Achievement Gap”: How Racism Experiences and School Environment Affect the Academic Achievement of Black Middle School Youth.