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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

Golub, S.A., Rendina, H.J., & Gamarel, K.E. (2013).  Identity-related growth and loss in a sample of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men: Initial scale development and psychometric evaluation.  AIDS and Behavior, 7(2): 748-759. 

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., Starks, T.J., Payton, G., & Parsons, J.T. (2012) The criticial role of intimacy in the sexual risk behaviors of gay and bisexual men.  AIDS and Behavior, 16(3): 741-750.

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

Golub, S.A., Kowalczyk, W.J., Weinberger, C.L., & Parsons, J.T. (2010). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and prediceted condom use among high-risk men who have sex with men.  Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 54(5): 548-555/