Department of Psychology

Buffie Longmire-Avital

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Young black women have an elevated risk of contracting HIV, but they consistently report lower-risk behaviors. Buffie Longmire-Avital’s research focuses on how psychosocial and cultural factors contribute to health disparities that impact minority communities. Her most recent work examines how perceptions of partner availability may influence whether young heterosexually-active black women have sexual health conversations with their male partners. Young black women with limited partner options may alter how, when or even if they ask their sexual partners about previous sexual history, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, as well as testing histories. Their risk of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases must be considered in conjunction with their partner’s risk. She is also interested in the chronic stress that results from micro-aggressions, which are daily slights that are perceived to be a function of minority status, and their potential link with obesity, depression and substance use for young black American women.


Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, New York University
B.S. in Psychology, Lafayette College

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