Sarah Woolf-King, PhD, MPH

Affiliated Faculty

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.
T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013 - Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
M.P.H., 2011 - Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
M.S./Ph.D., 2010 - Clinical Psychology, Syracuse University
Intern, 2010 - Behavioral Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
B.S., 2002 - Psychology, Arizona State University
Honors and Awards
  • Hellman Fellow, Hellman Fellows Fund, 2015-2017
  • Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), NIH/NIAAA, 2013-2018
  • Mentored Scientist Award in HIV/AIDS, UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), 2012-2014
  • Loan Repayment Program in Clinical Research, NIH/NIAAA, 2011-2016
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), NIH/NIAAA, 2008-2010
  1. Rohacek AM, Firkey MK, Woolf-King SE, Antshel KM. Moderation of Risks to Sexual Health by Substance Use in College Students With ADHD. 2022. PMID: 35771970

  2. Sheinfil AZ, Foley JD, Moskal D, Dalton MR, Firkey M, Ramos J, Maisto SA, Woolf-King SE. Daily Associations Between Alcohol Consumption and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Adherence Among HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex With Men. 2022. PMID: 35362912

  3. Woolf-King SE, Firkey M, Foley JD, Bricker J, Hahn JA, Asiago-Reddy E, Wikier J, Moskal D, Sheinfil AZ, Ramos J, Maisto SA. Development of a Telephone-Delivered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention for People Living with HIV who are Hazardous Drinkers. 2022. PMID: 35303190

  4. Mutumba M, Woolf-King S, Carrico AW, Emenyonu NI, Fatch R, Kekibiina A, Muyindike W, Hahn JA. Correlates and Effects of Alcohol Use Expectancies Among Persons Living with HIV in Uganda. 2021. PMID: 34599420

  5. Foley JD, Firkey M, Sheinfil A, Ramos J, Woolf-King SE, Vanable PA. Framed Messages to Increase Condom Use Frequency Among Individuals Taking Daily Antiretroviral Medication for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. 2021. PMID: 34105056

  6. Sood E, Lisanti AJ, Woolf-King SE, Wray J, Kasparian N, Jackson E, Gregory MR, Lopez KN, Marino BS, Neely T, Randall A, Zyblewski SC, Brosig CL. Parent mental health and family functioning following diagnosis of CHD: a research agenda and recommendations from the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. 2021. PMID: 34082841

  7. Hahn JA, Murnane PM, Vittinghoff E, Muyindike WR, Emenyonu NI, Fatch R, Chamie G, Haberer JE, Francis JM, Kapiga S, Jacobson K, Myers B, Couture MC, DiClemente RJ, Brown JL, So-Armah K, Sulkowski M, Marcus GM, Woolf-King S, Cook RL, Richards VL, Molina P, Ferguson T, Welsh D, Piano MR, Phillips SA, Stewart S, Afshar M, Page K, McGinnis K, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Bryant K, Saitz R. Factors associated with phosphatidylethanol (PEth) sensitivity for detecting unhealthy alcohol use: An individual patient data meta-analysis. 2021. PMID: 33837975

  8. Leddy AM, Hahn JA, Getahun M, Emenyonu NI, Woolf-King SE, Sanyu N, Katusiime A, Fatch R, Chander G, Hutton HE, Muyindike WR, Camlin CS. Cultural Adaptation of an Intervention to Reduce Hazardous Alcohol Use Among People Living with HIV in Southwestern Uganda. 2021. PMID: 33590322

  9. Woolf-King SE, Sheinfil AZ, Ramos J, Foley JD, Moskal D, Firkey M, Kellen D, Maisto SA. A conceptual model of alcohol use and adherence to antiretroviral therapy: systematic review and theoretical implications for mechanisms of action. 2020. PMID: 32757813

  10. Foley JD, Sheinfil A, Woolf-King SE, Fatch R, Emenyonu NI, Muyindike WR, Kekibiina A, Ngabirano C, Samet JH, Cheng DM, Hahn JA. Assessing the interaction between depressive symptoms and alcohol use prior to antiretroviral therapy on viral suppression among people living with HIV in Rural Uganda. 2020. PMID: 32482097

  11. 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. 2019. PMID: 31610017

  12. 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. 2018. PMID: 31564766

  13. 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. 2018. PMID: 30407888

  14. 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. 2018. PMID: 29327090

  15. 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. 2017. PMID: 27198557

  16. 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. 2017. PMID: 27224979

  17. 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. 2017. PMID: 28317511

  18. 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. 2017. PMID: 28151402

  19. Navadeh S, Mirzazadeh A, McFarland W, Woolf-King S, Mansournia MA. Using expert opinion to quantify unmeasured confounding bias parameters. 2016. PMID: 27348109

  20. 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. 2015. PMID: 26381193

  21. 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. 2015. PMID: 25323678

  22. 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). 2015. PMID: 25785809

  23. Gamarel KE, Woolf-King SE, Carrico AW, Neilands TB, Johnson MO. Stimulant use patterns and HIV transmission risk among HIV-serodiscordant male couples. 2015. PMID: 25590269

  24. Carrico AW, Woolf-King SE, Neilands TB, Dilworth SE, Johnson MO. Stimulant use and HIV disease management among men in same-sex relationships. 2014. PMID: 24726318

  25. 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. 2013. PMID: 23974946

  26. 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. 2011. PMID: 22009480

  27. Hahn JA, Woolf-King SE, Muyindike W. Adding fuel to the fire: alcohol's effect on the HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2011. PMID: 21713433