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Sarah Woolf-King, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Arizona State UniversityB.S.2002Psychology
    Syracuse UniversityM.S./Ph.D.2010Clinical Psychology
    University of California, BerkeleyM.P.H.2011Epidemiology
    VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemIntern2010Behavioral Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoT32 Postdoctoral Fellowship2013Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
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    Hellman Fellows Fund2015  - 2017Hellman Fellow
    NIH/NIAAA2013  - 2018Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
    NIH/NIAAA2011  - 2016Loan Repayment Program in Clinical Research
    NIH/NIAAA2008  - 2010Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31)
    UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)2012  - 2014Mentored Scientist Award in HIV/AIDS

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    I am a licensed clinical psychologist (CA PSY28178) and my research is broadly concerned with the intersection between psychology and health. I focus on populations affected by substance use, HIV, and congenital heart defects (CHD). The primary aim of my HIV research is to better characterize the impact of alcohol use on HIV treatment and prevention in both domestic and international populations. I am currently conducting an NIH/NIAAA-funded (K01) study examining the event-level relationship between alcohol use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) via daily data collection methods. I am also involved with several projects in East Africa examining alcohol use among HIV-positive adults and assessing the impact of interventions to reduce this alcohol use. I have a second line of research examining the mental health needs of parents of children with critical CHDs, and I currently have a Hellman-funded project in association with the Pediatric Heart Center at UCSF to support this work. By advancing this research program, I hope to design integrated behavioral and psychological interventions that can enhance the care of patients and families coping with chronic medical conditions.

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    Brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for HIV-Infected At-Risk Drinkers
    NIH/NIAAA R34AA026246Mar 15, 2018 - Feb 28, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Alcohol Use and High Risk Behavior Among HIV-Positive Men
    NIH/NIAAA K01AA021671Sep 6, 2013 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Adong J, Fatch R, Emenyonu NI, Cheng DM, Muyindike WR, Ngabirano C, Kekibiina A, Woolf-King SE, Samet JH, Hahn JA. Social Desirability Bias Impacts Self-Reported Alcohol Use Among Persons With HIV in Uganda. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2019 12; 43(12):2591-2598. PMID: 31610017.
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    2. Woolf-King SE, Conroy AA, Fritz K, Johnson MO, Hosegood V, van Rooyen H, Darbes L, McGrath N. Alcohol use and relationship quality among South African couples. Subst Use Misuse. 2019; 54(4):651-660. PMID: 30407888.
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    3. Woolf-King SE, Sheinfil AZ, Babowich JD, Siedle-Khan B, Loitsch A, Maisto SA. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for HIV-infected Hazardous Drinkers: A Qualitative Study of Acceptability. Alcohol Treat Q. 2019; 37(3):342-358. PMID: 31564766.
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    4. Babowitch JD, Sheinfil AZ, Woolf-King SE, Vanable PA, Sweeney SM. Association of Depressive Symptoms with Lapses in Antiretroviral Medication Adherence Among People Living with HIV: A Test of an Indirect Pathway. AIDS Behav. 2018 Oct; 22(10):3166-3174. PMID: 29572762.
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    5. Babowitch JD, Sheinfil AZ, Woolf-King SE, Vanable PA, Sweeney SM. Correction to: Association of Depressive Symptoms with Lapses in Antiretroviral Medication Adherence Among People Living with HIV: A Test of an Indirect Pathway. AIDS Behav. 2018 10; 22(10):3175. PMID: 29855974.
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    6. Woolf-King SE, Arnold E, Weiss S, Teitel D. "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. J Clin Nurs. 2018 Jul; 27(13-14):2785-2794. PMID: 29345005.
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    7. Woolf-King SE, Fatch R, Cheng DM, Muyindike W, Ngabirano C, Kekibiina A, Emenyonu N, Hahn JA. Alcohol Use and Unprotected Sex Among HIV-Infected Ugandan Adults: Findings from an Event-Level Study. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 10; 47(7):1937-1948. PMID: 29327090.
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    8. Fatch R, Emenyonu NI, Muyindike W, Kekibiina A, Woolf-King S, Hahn JA. Alcohol Interactive Toxicity Beliefs and ART Non-adherence Among HIV-Infected Current Drinkers in Mbarara, Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2017 Jul; 21(7):1812-1824. PMID: 27198557.
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    9. Woolf-King SE, Muyindike W, Hobbs MM, Kusasira A, Fatch R, Emenyonu N, Johnson MO, Hahn JA. Vaginal Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Is a Useful Biomarker of Semen Exposure Among HIV-Infected Ugandan Women. AIDS Behav. 2017 Jul; 21(7):2141-2146. PMID: 27224979.
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    10. Emenyonu NI, Fatch R, Muyindike WR, Kekibiina A, Woolf-King S, Hahn JA. Randomized Study of Assessment Effects on Alcohol Use by Persons With HIV in Rural Uganda. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2017 03; 78(2):296-305. PMID: 28317511.
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    11. Woolf-King SE, Anger A, Arnold EA, Weiss SJ, Teitel D. Mental Health Among Parents of Children With Critical Congenital Heart Defects: A Systematic Review. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 02 01; 6(2). PMID: 28151402.
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    12. Navadeh S, Mirzazadeh A, McFarland W, Woolf-King S, Mansournia MA. Using expert opinion to quantify unmeasured confounding bias parameters. Can J Public Health. 2016 06 27; 107(1):e43-e48. PMID: 27348109.
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    13. Hahn JA, Emenyonu NI, Fatch R, Muyindike WR, Kekiibina A, Carrico AW, Woolf-King S, Shiboski S. Declining and rebounding unhealthy alcohol consumption during the first year of HIV care in rural Uganda, using phosphatidylethanol to augment self-report. Addiction. 2016 Feb; 111(2):272-9. PMID: 26381193.
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    14. Sundararajan R, Wyatt MA, Woolf-King S, Pisarski EE, Emenyonu N, Muyindike WR, Hahn JA, Ware NC. Qualitative study of changes in alcohol use among HIV-infected adults entering care and treatment for HIV/AIDS in rural southwest Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2015 Apr; 19(4):732-41. PMID: 25323678.
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    15. Woolf-King SE, Fatch R, Emenyonu N, Muyindike W, Carrico AW, Maisto SA, Hahn JA. Development and validation of the East Africa Alcohol Expectancy Scale (AFEXS). J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2015 Mar; 76(2):336-43. PMID: 25785809.
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    16. Gamarel KE, Woolf-King SE, Carrico AW, Neilands TB, Johnson MO. Stimulant use patterns and HIV transmission risk among HIV-serodiscordant male couples. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Feb 01; 68(2):147-51. PMID: 25590269.
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    17. Woolf-King SE, Maisto SA. The effects of alcohol, relationship power, and partner type on perceived difficulty implementing condom use among African American adults: an experimental study. Arch Sex Behav. 2015 Apr; 44(3):571-81. PMID: 25277692.
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    18. Carrico AW, Woolf-King SE, Neilands TB, Dilworth SE, Johnson MO. Stimulant use and HIV disease management among men in same-sex relationships. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Jun 01; 139:174-7. PMID: 24726318.
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    19. Woolf-King SE, Neilands TB, Dilworth SE, Carrico AW, Johnson MO. 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. 2014; 26(6):702-8. PMID: 24215238.
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    20. Woolf-King SE, Rice TM, Truong HM, Woods WJ, Jerome RC, Carrico AW. Substance use and HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men: the role of sexual compulsivity. J Urban Health. 2013 Oct; 90(5):948-52. PMID: 23974946.
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    21. Woolf-King, SE, Steinmaus, CM, Reingold, AL, Hahn, JA.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. 2013; 1(2):99-110.
    22. Maisto SA, Palfai T, Vanable PA, Heath J, Woolf-King SE. The effects of alcohol and sexual arousal on determinants of sexual risk in men who have sex with men. Arch Sex Behav. 2012 Aug; 41(4):971-86. PMID: 22009480.
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    23. Hahn JA, Woolf-King SE, Muyindike W. Adding fuel to the fire: alcohol's effect on the HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2011 Sep; 8(3):172-80. PMID: 21713433.
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    24. Woolf-King SE, Maisto S, Carey M, Vanable P. Selection of film clips and development of a video for the investigation of sexual decision making among men who have sex with men. J Sex Res. 2010 Nov; 47(6):589-97. PMID: 19760530.
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    25. Woolf-King SE, Maisto SA. Alcohol use and high-risk sexual behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa: a narrative review. Arch Sex Behav. 2011 Feb; 40(1):17-42. PMID: 19705274.
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    26. Woolf SE, Maisto SA. Alcohol use and risk of HIV infection among men who have sex with men. AIDS Behav. 2009 Aug; 13(4):757-82. PMID: 18236149.
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    27. Woolf, SE, Maisto, SA.Gender differences in condom use behavior? The role of power and partner-type. Sex Roles. 2008; 9-10(58):689-701.
    28. Woolf, SE, Maisto, SA.Book Review: Rethinking substance abuse: What the science shows, and what we should do about it, (2006), 320 pp. William R. Miller, Kathleen M. Carroll (Eds.), The Guilford Press, New York,. Addiction. 2007; (102):1841.