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Sarah Woolf-King

Sarah Woolf-King

Sarah Woolf-King

Associate Professor


510 Huntington Hall

Degrees 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 Internship, Behavioral Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  • T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UCSF

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Courses Taught

  • PSY 382 Health Psychology
  • PSY 682 Physiological Health Psychology
  • PSY 624 Graduate Seminar in Psychological Methods
Research Interests

The goal of my research is to inform the development of behavioral and psychological interventions for people coping with or at-risk for chronic medical conditions and/or substance use disorders. The majority of my work focuses on hazardous alcohol use and behavioral aspects of HIV treatment and prevention. My lab works with college students, sexual and gender minorities, people with HIV (PWH), and people who drink alcohol at levels that increase risk for the development of alcohol use disorder. Ongoing research in the lab includes: internet-based studies of sexual behavior and substance use among U.S. college students, alcohol-associated sexual violence among college women, and a pilot randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for PWH who drink at hazardous levels. I am also involved with several projects related to alcohol use and HIV/AIDS in East Africa, and I have an emerging line of research on the mental health needs of parents of children affected by congenital heart disease (CHD).

Certification and Licensure
  • Licensed clinical psychologist, State of California.
  • Licensed clinical psychologist, State of New York.
Ongoing Research Projects

NIH/NIAAA; R34AA026246 (MPI: Woolf-King, Maisto). “Brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for HIV-infected at-risk Drinkers.” This project aims to adapt an existing brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)-based treatment that has shown efficacy for smoking cessation, and conduct a pilot randomized clinical trial (RCT) to test its feasibility and acceptability for PWH who are hazardous drinkers. This study is in the follow-up phase and an R01 for a full-scale efficacy trial of the adapted ACT intervention is scheduled for a September, 2022 submission.

Selected Publications

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

*denotes student author

Woolf-King, S.E., *Firkey, M., *Foley, J., Bricker, J., Hahn, J, Asiago-Reddy, E., Wikier, J., *Moskal, D., *Sheinfil, A., *Ramos, J., Maisto, S.A. (in press). Development of a telephone-delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy intervention for people living with HIV who are hazardous drinkers. AIDS and Behavior.

Woolf-King, S. E., *Sheinfil, A. Z., *Babowitch, J.D., Siedle-Khan, B., *Loitsch, A., Maisto, S. A. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for HIV-infected hazardous drinkers: A qualitative study of acceptability. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 37(3), 342-358.

Woolf-King, S. E., *Sheinfil, A., *Ramos, J., *Foley, J., *Moskal, D., Kellen, D., Maisto, S. A. (2022). A conceptual model of alcohol use and adherence to antiretroviral therapy: Systematic review and theoretical implications for mechanisms of action. Health Psychology Review, 16, 104-133.

Woolf-King, S. E., Anger, A., Arnold, E., Weiss, S., & Teitel, D. (2018). Mental health among parents of children with severe congenital heart defects: A systematic review. Journal of the American Heart Association, 6, pii: e004862.

Woolf-King, S. E., Fatch, R., Emenyonu, N., Cheng, D., Muyindike, W. Kekibiina, A., Ngabirano, C., & Hahn, J. (2018). Alcohol use and unprotected sex among HIV-infected Ugandan adults: Findings from an event-level study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 1937-1948.

*Sheinfil, A., *Foley, J., *Moskal, D., *Ramos, J., Dalton, M., *Firkey, M., Maisto, S.A., Woolf-King, S.E. (in press). Event-level associations between alcohol consumption and ART adherence among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. AIDS and Behavior.

*Firkey, M., *Sheinfil, A., *Ramos, J., Woolf-King, S.E. (2021). Condomless anal sex and combined cannabis and alcohol use among men who have sex with men living with HIV: An event-level analysis. AIDS and Behavior, 25, 3770-3781.

Psychologists Earn Rare Perfect Score on NIH Grant Application

(April 5, 2018)

Sarah Woolf-King, Stephen Maisto awarded "10" on grant proposal, funding treatment of HIV-infected hazardous drinkers