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Sarit A. Golub

Ph.D., Harvard University 

M.P.H., Columbia University


Department of Psychology
Hunter College, Room 1209 North
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Hunter Tel: (212) 396-6304
Fax (212) 772-5620

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Current Areas of Research

My laboratory investigates the social, cognitive, and emotional factors that influence risk, decision-making, and health behavior, with special emphasis on the interaction between behavior and the formation and maintenance of individual identity. I am principal investigator of the Hunter AIDS Research Team (HART), which conducts interdisciplinary, community-based research designed to have a positive impact on the lives of those infected and affected by HIV. At present were are working on three main projects:

  1. Investigating the implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs,policies, and messaging;  
  2. Integrating interdisciplinary approaches to risk perception and decision-making;
  3. Examining the ways in which internal conflict (e.g. between competing desires, between personal values and perceived social norms) can impact risk behavior.

In addition to our HIV research, our laboratory conducts research at the intersection of cognition, affect, and social context. Current topics include gender perception, terror management theory, stereotype threat, and experiences of immigration.


Select Publications

Meyers, K. and Golub, S. (2015)  Planning ahead for implementation of long-acting HIV prevention: Challenges and opportunities. Current Opinion in HIV/AIDS, 10(4):290-295.

Golub, S.A. (2014). Tensions between the epidemiology and psychology of HIV risk: Implications for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. AIDS and Behavior, 18(9):1686-1693.

Golub, S.A., Gamarel, K.E., & Rendina, H.J.  (2014). Loss and Growth: Identity processes with distinct and complementary impacts on wellbeing among those living with chronic illness. Psychology, Health, and Medicine, 19(5):572-9.

Golub, S.A., Starks, T.J., Kowalczyk, W.J., Thompson, L.I., & Parsons, J.T.  (2012). Profiles of executive functioning: Associations with substance dependence and risky sexual behavior.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26(4):895-905.

Golub, S.A., Operario, D., & Gorbach, P.M. (2010).  Pre-exposure prophylaxis state of the science: Empirical analogies for research and implementation.  Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 7(4):201-209.