Celebrating Diversity Within the Sickle Cell Community: Commitment, Innovation, Practice
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Shawn Bediako, PhD

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Associate Professor
Shawn M. Bediako, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he directs the graduate program in community and applied social psychology.
Dr. Bediako’s unique program of research utilizes innovative research methods and interdisciplinary approaches to enhance our understanding of the social, psychological, and biological complexities of adult adjustment to sickle cell disease. He is also actively engaged in training the next generation of scientist-­‐practitioners to be fluent in sociocultural and historical dimensions of scientific research.
Dr. Bediako completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Central Arkansas and received a master’s degree in community psychology from Florida A&M University. He earned a doctorate in social/health psychology from Stony Brook University and has held visiting scholar appointments at Ithaca College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.