Courtnae Alves

Courtnae Alves is a research assistant for The SASH Lab and contributes to various projects that pertain to HIV prevention among Black girls and women in the lab. Courtnae  primarily works on The Dreamer Girls Project through the SASH Lab, a study that seeks to develop  an evidence based HIV/STI and drug use prevention program for Black adolescent girls.

 Courtnae currently co-leads The Dreamer Girls Project Youth Advisory Board which includes a group of Black teen girls from across the nation who are passionate about improving health outcomes for Black girls. 

Courtnae currently attends Stony Brook University as an undergraduate student majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health. Her enthusiasm for promoting health education amongst her peers is demonstrated through  facilitating  training which deals with alcohol and other drugs, sexual and relationship violence in collaboration with Stony Brooks Center For Prevention and Outreach.  Courtnae organized and presented an HIV awareness information session with a residential assistant to promote HIV awareness within the campus community. She has also collaborated with Hope Children’s Fund and CSTEP to host a fundraiser on the Stony Brook campus for children affected by HIV.

  Courtnae’s research interests include  highlighting  how African American women are affected by communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDs and other STDs and the role intersectionality plays in determining their prevalence and incidence rates.