Studies psychological, social, and policy aspects of genetic blood disorders, including the clinical implications of sickle cell disease stigma and its impact on health-related outcomes. Received an Innovator in Academic Hemoglobinopathies Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute of NIH (2011-2015). Research team developed the Measure of Sickle Cell Stigma, an instrument used in domestic and international studies of sickle cell disease. Teaches “Race, Science, and Society” as a First-Year Seminar and Honors Seminar. Named as an Honors College Faculty Fellow (2014-2016). Member of the Executive Committee on the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Underrepresented Minority Faculty and faculty advisor to the Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association. Dr. Bediako is the recipient of the 2014 Champion Award from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and is the inaugural recipient of the Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award.