Kortni F Alston

Assistant Professor 9/10

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Arts Humanities, Soc Sci

Journalism and Mass Comm

Crosby Hall
B.A.Television Production / Delaware State University
MBABusiness Administration / Morgan State University
Ph.D.Mass Communication / University of Florida


Dr. Kortni Alston is a Happiness Scholar, TEDx speaker, and Transformational Trainer. Her area of research is interdisciplinary combining the areas of positive psychology, business administration, and media management. Her research concentrations value happier workplaces, well-being, and meaningful work.

She is a Podcast Host for Kourting Happiness, which helps listeners learn how to commit to well-being one episode at a time. Dr. Alston is the founder of Kourting Happiness Movement, which is an online community helping members live a positive life with positive psychology. She is an assistant professor at North Carolina A&T State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She has a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communication, and an MBA from Morgan State University.

Research Interests

Dr. Kortni Alston's research is focused on sharing positive psychology with a mass audience. As a Happiness Scholar, she brings science to life, by helping individuals and organizations with workplace well-being, resilience, compassion at work, meaningful work, and more.

The Carter Center and Former First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter, appointed Dr. Alston as the United States Advisory Board Member for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships in Mental Health Journalism.

Dr. Alston is the host of the Kourting Happiness podcast, which is fueled by positive psychology. It has been listed as one of the top 80 happiness and workplace podcasts to listen to in 2021.

Recent Publications

  • Kortni Alston (Thoughts from a Happiness Scholar. ). (Positive Psychology and How it Can Help Journalists ) Routledge.
  • Kortni Alston (2003). (A Day in the Life of a Reporter One Man Banding in a Large Market.). Minima .