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. Has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute of NIH to support sickle cell projects. 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. Currently serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology and facilitator of CIPHER, the Collaborative for the Interdisciplinary Promotion of Health Equity Research. Dr. Bediako is the inaugural recipient of the Marilyn E. Demorest Faculty Advancement Award.