Sarah Woolf-King, PhD, MPH, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University and completed her clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Woolf-King served with the Americorps program, City Year-Washington, DC, where she taught HIV and substance use prevention curricula to public school students throughout the city. She used these experiences as a platform for her research as a graduate student, where she investigated the association of alcohol use and high-risk behavior among adults in both the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation project examined the role of alcohol use, relationship power dynamics, partner-type, and self-efficacy on difficulty implementing condom use among a sample of community-recruited African American adults. As a postdoctoral fellow at CAPS, Dr. Woolf-King has continued her research on the role of dyadic, event-level alcohol use among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States and HIV+ individuals in Uganda. This work has contributed to a contextualized understanding of the event-level mechanisms that cause alcohol use to confer increased risk of HIV infection. Dr. Woolf-King hopes to eventually improve existing HIV prevention interventions that currently fail to incorporate alcohol use as a major component.
Last modified: December 4, 2014