A native Philadelphian, Courtnee has interned in the pharmaceutical industry and gained experience in the Market Research field. Her work with the Annenberg Public Policy Center has greatly piqued her general interest in health research. Courtnee's particular interests lie in examining and addressing the health disparities present in minority adolescent populations that can be reduced through changes within the health care system.
Courtnee worked with LDI Senior Fellow Chanita A. Hughes Halbert, PhD, on a project entitled "Smoking and Media Study: Reactions to Media Messages About Race, Genetics, and Smoking in African Americans." Courtnee was awarded First Place in the Penn Bioethics Journal's 2006 Awards For Excellence in Bioethics Writing for her article, Methods to Identify and Address the Ethical Issues Associated with Managed Care, which was published in the Winter 2006 issue.
Courtnee was accepted at Berkley’s Health Management PhD Program.