Courtney Peasant Bonner

“It is an honor and privilege to work with resilient women to develop interventions that reduce their barriers to care and empower them to live healthy lives."


HIV prevention among vulnerable women

Mental health and substance use

Gender-based violence among women who use substances

Courtney Peasant Bonner, PhD, is a research psychologist in RTI’s Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research Program.

Her professional experiences include conducting community-based participatory research to examine health disparities among vulnerable populations. Currently, her research seeks to understand the impact of the intersection of gender-based violence, substance use, and mental health on sexual risk behavior to reduce health disparities among vulnerable women and children. She also specializes in developing cross-sector collaborations to develop structural and sustainable sexual health interventions.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health T-32 Fellowship, Yale University, Yale School of Public Health, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Predoctoral Clinical Internship, Adult Health Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

PhD, Clinical Psychology, the University of Memphis, Department of Psychology Research Area: Clinical Health Psychology

MS, Psychology, the University of Memphis, Department of Psychology

BS, Psychology (Minor: Business Administration), Florida A&M University