Sarit Golub

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Research Interests

  • Decision-Making; Risk perception; Stigma; HIV


  • Ph.D., Harvard University

Sarit Golub is Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center and at Hunter College.  She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard (under the mentorship of Dan Gilbert) and also holds an Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.  Dr. Golub’s laboratory focuses on gender and sexuality, and includes research on feminist identity, transgender health, and the impact of sexual behavior and expression on physical, mental, emotional, and relational health.

Dr. Golub’s laboratory investigates HIV as a case study for larger psychological concepts such as stigma and stereotype, interpersonal and intergroup processes, identity development, and judgment and decision-making. Her NIH-funded research focused on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and applies theory and methods across disciplines (including social psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral economics and decision sciences) to inform new approaches to HIV prevention and care.

She is principal investigator of the Hunter Alliance for Research and Training (HART), conducts interdisciplinary, community-engaged research, broadly focused on gender and sexuality. At present they are working on three main projects:

  1. Investigating social, behavioral, and psychological factors related to implementation of biomedical HIV prevention (i.e., pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP) programs, policies, and messaging;
  2. Integrating interdisciplinary approaches to risk perception and decision-making (drawing on connections between social psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral economics, and decision-sciences);
  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 HIV research, the laboratory conducts research at the intersection of cognition, affect, and social context. Current topics include: gender perception, stereotype threat, empathy and burn-out among first responders, and experiences of immigration