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.
- African American Adolescents
- Culturally Relevant Interventions and Professional Development
- Identity Development
- Negative Media Stereotypes
- Positive Youth Development
- Racial/Ethnic Identity
- Racial Socialization
- 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 1-29,
- 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.
- 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 Nutritional Education and Behavior. 44, S91.
- 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.
- Adams, V.N., & Stevenson H. (2012). Media socialization, black media images and Black adolescent identity. In Racial Stereotyping and Child Development Contributions to Human Development. Slaughter-Defoe, D. 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.
- Adams-Bass, V.N., Atchison, D., & Moore L. (2015). Pilot-to-Purchase, Piloting Ed-tech Products in k-12 Public Schools. Washington, DC.
- Adams, V.N. (2002). Penn State educational partnership program evaluation (PEPP) Robert Vaux site.