The overarching goal of my research is to inform the development of behavioral and psychological interventions that can enhance the well-being of high risk populations and patients and families coping with chronic medical conditions. The majority of my work focuses on at-risk alcohol use, sexual risk behavior, and behavioral aspects of HIV treatment and prevention. We work with emerging adult populations, people of marginalized genders and sexualities, people living with HIV, and people who drink alcohol at levels that increase risk for the development of an alcohol use disorder. Ongoing research in the lab includes: an experimental study on the role of affect in sexual decision making among emerging adults, an intensive longitudinal study on the association between substance use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM), and a pilot randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for HIV-infected hazardous drinkers. 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 defects (CHD).
PSY 382 Health Psychology
PSY 682 Physiological Health Psychology
PSY 624 Graduate Seminar in Psychological Methods
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 Internship Behavioral Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UCSF
Certification and Licensure
Licensed clinical psychologist, State of California.
Licensed clinical psychologist, State of New York.
Ongoing Research Projects
NIH/NIAAA; R34AA026246 (Co-PIs: 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, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy for HIV-infected hazardous drinkers.
NIH/NIAAA; K01AA021671 (PI: Woolf-King). “Alcohol and high-risk behavior among HIV+ men: A prospective event-level study.” Description: This project aims to characterize the event-level association between substance use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) using interactive voice response [IVR] technology, the timeline follow back, and a biomarker of alcohol use (phosphatidylethanol [PEth]).
NIH/NIAAA; R01AA024990 (PI: Hahn). “Mobile technology to extend clinic-based counseling for HIV+s in Uganda.” The purpose of this study is to conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a technology-supplemented brief intervention for unhealthy drinkers in HIV care in rural Uganda (n=270). Role: Co-Investigator
*denotes graduate student author
Woolf-King, S. E., *Sheinfil, A. Z., *Babowitch, J.D., Siedle-Khan, B., *Loitsch, A., Maisto, S. A. Feasibility and acceptability of brief acceptance and commitment therapy for HIV-infected hazardous drinkers. Manuscript submitted for publication (revise and resubmit).
*Babowitch, J.D., *Sheinfil, A.Z., Woolf-King, S.E., Vanable, P.A., & Sweeney, S.M. (2018). Association of depressive symptoms to lapses in antiretroviral medication adherence among people living with HIV: A test of an indirect pathway. AIDS and Behavior. [epub ahead of print]
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., Arnold, E.A., Weiss, S., & Teitel, D. (2018). "There's no acknowledgement of what this does to people": A qualitative exploration of mental health among parents of children with critical congenital heart defects. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, 2785-2794.
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.
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., & 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.