Dr.Golub's laboratory investigates social, cognitive, and emotional factors that influence health, with special emphasis on the formation and maintenance of individual identity. Her research is conducted at Hunter College, through the Laboratory for Applied Psychology and Health, and at the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), which she Co-Directs with Dr. Jeffrey Parsons. Projects include: a) integrating neuropsychological and social/behavioral approaches to understanding HIV risk-behavior; b) investigating the ways in which internal conflict (e.g. between competing desires, between personal values and perceived social norms) impacts risk-taking; and c) examining the role of immigration experiences on health behavior and psychological wellbeing. Dr. Golub has a strong interest in the ways that findings from other disciplines (including neuropsychology, behavioral economics and decision sciences) can be used to inform new approaches to HIV prevention and care. She currently collaborates with community-based organizations throughout NYC to ensure the translation of study findings into prevention and care for vulnerable populations.
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:
Investigating the implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs, policies, and messaging;
Integrating interdisciplinary approaches to risk perception and decision-making;
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.