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Sarah Woolf-King, Ph.D., MPH

Sarah Woolf-King, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor

510 Huntington Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Woolf-King is a licensed clinical psychologist with a combined interest in health psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine. The overarching goal of her work is to inform the development of behavioral and psychological interventions that can enhance the well being of patients and families coping with chronic medical conditions.

For the past 13 years she has been conducting NIH-funded research on the intersection between substance use and HIV/AIDS in both domestic and international contexts. She currently has a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01AA021671) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to collect intensive longitudinal data on substance use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men. In partnership with Immune Health Services, a Designated AIDS Center at Upstate Medical University Hospital, she is using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Technology to collect daily data on the risk behaviors of men living with HIV in an effort to develop an integrated behavioral health intervention. Dr. Woolf-King is also involved with several intervention development projects related to alcohol use and HIV/AIDS in East Africa.

Finally, Dr. Woolf-King has recently started a new line of research on the mental health needs of parents of children affected by critical congenital heart defects (CHD). With funding from the Hellman Family Foundation, and support from the Pediatric Heart Center at UCSF, she has conducted interviews with pediatric cardiology parents and providers in an effort to determine the mental health needs of CHD parents and develop an intervention that can be nested within pediatric cardiology care settings.  

Dr. Woolf-King teaches PSY382- Health Psychology.

Education and Training

B.S., Psychology, Arizona State University

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Syracuse University

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Syracuse University

M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley

Predoctoral Clinical Internship in Behavioral Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Postdoctoral Fellowship (T32), Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco

Certification and Licensure

Licensed clinical psychologist, State of California.

Licensed clinical psychologist, State of New York.

Selected Publications

Below is a list of representative publications. For a full list, please visit:

Woolf-King, S. E., Anger, A.,Arnold, E., Weiss, S., & Teitel, D. (in press). Mental health among parents of children with severe congenital heart defects: A systematic review. Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA).


Woolf-King, S. E., Muyindike, W., Hobbs, M. M., Kusasira, A., Fatch, R., Emenyonu, N., Johnson, M. O., & Hahn, J. A. (2016). Vaginal Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is a useful biomarker of semen exposure among HIV-infected Ugandan women. AIDS and Behavior.


Woolf-King, S. E., Fatch, R., Emenyonu, N., Muyindike, W., Carrico, A. W., Maisto, S. A. & Hahn, J. A. (2015). Development and validation of the East Africa Alcohol Expectancy Scale (AFEXS). Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72(2), 336-343.  


Woolf-King, S. E. & Maisto, S. A (2015). The effects of alcohol, relationship power, and partner type on condom use decision-making among African American adults: An experimental study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(3), 571-581.


Woolf-King, S. E., Neilands, T. B., Dilworth, S. E., Carrico, A. W., & Johnson, M. O. (2014). Alcohol use and HIV disease management: The impact of individual and partner-level alcohol use among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. AIDS Care, 26(6), 702-708.


Woolf-King, S. E., Rice, T. M., Truong, H. M., Woods, W. J., Jerome, R. C. & Carrico, A. W. (2013) Substance use and HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men: The role of sexual compulsivity. Journal of Urban Health, 90 (5), 948-952.


Woolf-King, S. E., Steinmaus, C. M., Reingold, A. L., & Hahn, J. A. (2013). An update on alcohol use and risk of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa: Meta-analysis and future research directions. International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research 2(1), 99-110.


Maisto, S. A., Palfai, T., Vanable, P. A., Heath, J., & Woolf-King, S. E. (2012). The effects of alcohol and sexual arousal on determinants of sexual risk in men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 971-986.


Hahn, J. A., Woolf-King, S. E., & Muyindike, W. (2011). Adding fuel to the fire: Alcohol’s effect on the HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 8(3), 172-180.


Woolf-King, S. E., & Maisto, S. A.(2011). Alcohol and high-risk sexual behavior in sub-Saharan Africa: A narrative review. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(1), 17-42.


Woolf, S. E. & Maisto, S. A. (2009). Alcohol use and risk of HIV infection among men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior, 13, 757-782.


Woolf, S. E. & Maisto, S. A. (2008). Gender differences in condom use behavior? The role of power and partner-type. Sex Roles, 58, 689-701.