Valerie Adams-Bass

Valerie Adams-Bass is a developmental psychologist who earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She focuses on adolescent development. Dr. Adams-Bass is an Assistant Professor of Youth and Social Innovations in the Department of Human Services at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She is a faculty affiliate with the Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development in the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia and an affiliate faculty member of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Pennslyania.

Dr. Bass’ research examines the relationships of racial socialization and racial identity with the developmental processes, social and academic outcomes of Black children and youth. She is 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. Her research on stereotype media images resulted in her being awarded a Ruth Landes Memorial Fellowship (continue reading).



Dr. Adams-Bass’ research interests are how racial socialization and racial identity influence the identity development process of Black adolescents. She also investigates how racial socialization and racial identity relate to the interpretation of stereotyped Black media images and what relationships exist between exposure to these images and the body image and self esteem of Black youth. She is most interested in examining how racial/ethnic socialization experiences are related to the process of identity development, the social and the academic experiences of Black children and youth and how media exposure influences inter-personal interactions and self concept.



Through Valerie N. Adams & Associates Inc, Dr. Adams-Bass consults nationally and internationally with foundations, community organizations, educational institutions, and Non Government Organizations.

“Dr. Adams-Bass is a dynamic motivational speaker, an entrepreneur and educator who is passionate, committed and dedicated to helping others with their growth and development so that they too can become leaders. She has the ability to not only motivate but mobilize others to accomplish their goals in ways that are beneficial to the community.”
– Judith Dumorney McDaniel, Founder TIC-Teenagers In Charge

“Valerie understands the big picture, and knows how to help the OST field keep growing to better serve all our children. She is a terrific collaborator—and great at fostering effective collaborations.”
– Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, Ph.D., Executive Director, New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN)

“Dr. Adams-Bass has been an invaluable asset to the growth of Preservation LINK, Inc. She has worked with our administrative and instructional team throughout the years as a consultant and adviser working to shape and sharpen the ways in which we engage with youth. Her insight and expert recommendations have helped to steer our curriculum work into new heights.”
– David Herman, Jr. Creative Director, Preservation LINK, Inc.

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