- Former Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA
She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of Memphis. During graduate school, Courtney worked in the Departments of Psychology and Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a Research Assistant. She also co-led community-based initiatives to improve mental health services received by individuals living with HIV in the Greater Memphis Area. Her research investigates the correlates of sexual behavior, including sexual communication. Specifically, she is exploring how the syndemic of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and substance use influences HIV-related behaviors, such as condom negotiation, among minority populations. Her research has highlighted the complex roles of substance use and condom negotiation in the promotion of condom use, especially for those with a history of sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence. Her current research examines how substance use, intimate partner violence, and condom negotiation co-occur at the event-level and how these contingencies impact condom use. In 2015 Dr. Peasant was elected to the Governing Board of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues, a special interest group of the American Public Health Association. Her mentor is Dr. Tami Sullivan.