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Valerie N. Bass

Assistant Professor of Education
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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.

Loudoun Youth Survey
Source: County of Loudoun
October 01, 2021 – September 30, 2022
EDHS 1120: So You Want to Change the World: Foundations of Community Engagement
Credits: 3
How can we be part of creating a more just world? In this course, we'll aim to answer that question for ourselves by examining practices of youth and community engagement through a critical and discerning lens. We'll reflect on our own practice engaging with youth and their communities, examine our roles in those relationships and interactions, explore the complexities and importance of culture, and consider our own cultural influences.
EDHS 2860: Fundamentals of Child Protection in Emergencies
Credits: 3
This course will provide students with a core knowledge base of the organizations, principles and practices that working together are the foundation and informs the practice of Child Protection in Emergencies (CPIE). This course is designed to familiarize students with the principles and normative frameworks of humanitarian responses that shape the CPiE Sector.
EDLF 3000: Research Design for Social Innovation with Youth
Credits: 3
What are the makings of good research in youth development? How do our methods help us more clearly measure what matters in settings for youth? This course will provide an introduction to applied social-science research methods and design. Students will engage a hands-on semester research project while learning the foundations of ethics, method, and design for research in the field of youth development. Prerequisite: EDHS 1100
EDHS 3100: Media Socialization, Racial Stereotypes and Black Adolescent Identity
Credits: 3
This course will introduce students to developmental differences in media engagement for younger children, older children and adolescents. Students will learn about media socialization, black racial stereotypes in the media, racial identity, racial socialization and how these variables may influence the identity processes of black adolescents.
EDHS 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDHS 9995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent Research
EDHS 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisite: Advisor permission required.
EDHS 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.