Susan Folkman, PhD

Susan Folkman, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-7719 (voice)
Box 1726, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1726

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Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, B.A., 1959, History
University of Missouri, St. Louis, M.Ed., 1974, Counseling
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 1979, Ed. Psych

Professional Experience

  • 1979 - 1987
    Assistant to Associate Research Psychologist, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1988 - 1990
    Research Psychologist, Dept. of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1990 - present
    Professor of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1994 - 2001
    Co-Director, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2001 - present
    Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2001 - 2013
    Osher Foundation Distinguished Professor of Integrative Medicine, UCSF
  • 2013-present
    Professor Emeritus, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1988,1991
    Distinguished Visiting Professor,Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
  • 1997
    Honorary PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 1998
    Distinguished Visitor, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  • 1999
    Mary Opal Wolanin Memorial Lectureship, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • 2000
    UCSF AIDS Research Institute George S. Sarlo Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • 2000
    Dukoff Visiting Professor, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York
  • 2000
    Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Fellow: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Western Psychological Association

Selected Publications

  1. Moskowitz JT, Duncan LG, Moran PJ, Acree M, Epel ES, Kemeny ME, Hecht FM, Folkman S. Dispositional Mindfulness in People with HIV: Associations with Psychological and Physical Health. Pers Individ Dif. 2015 Nov 1; 86:88-93.
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  2. Kupst MJ, Butt Z, Stoney CM, Griffith JW, Salsman JM, Folkman S, Cella D. Assessment of stress and self-efficacy for the NIH Toolbox for Neurological and Behavioral Function. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2015; 28(5):531-44.
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  3. Moskowitz JT, Shmueli-Blumberg D, Acree M, Folkman S. Positive Affect in the Midst of Distress: Implications for Role Functioning. J Community Appl Soc Psychol. 2012 Nov; 22(6):502-518.
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  4. Ahn AC, Nahin RL, Calabrese C, Folkman S, Kimbrough E, Shoham J, Haramati A. Applying principles from complex systems to studying the efficacy of CAM therapies. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Sep; 16(9):1015-22.
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  5. Folkman S. Stress, coping, and hope. Psychooncology. 2010 Sep; 19(9):901-8.
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  6. Rabow MW, Goodman S, Chang S, Berger M, Folkman S. Filming the family: a documentary film to educate clinicians about family caregivers of patients with brain tumors. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Jun; 25(2):242-6.
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  7. Wrubel J, Acree M, Goodman S, Folkman S. End of living: maintaining a lifeworld during terminal illness. Psychol Health. 2009 Dec; 24(10):1229-43.
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  8. Epel E, Daubenmier J, Moskowitz JT, Folkman S, Blackburn E. Can meditation slow rate of cellular aging? Cognitive stress, mindfulness, and telomeres. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Aug; 1172:34-53.
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  9. Rabkin JG, McElhiney M, Moran P, Acree M, Folkman S. Depression, distress and positive mood in late-stage cancer: a longitudinal study. Psychooncology. 2009 Jan; 18(1):79-86.
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  10. Catania JA, Paul J, Osmond D, Folkman S, Pollack L, Canchola J, Chang J, Neilands T. Mediators of childhood sexual abuse and high-risk sex among men-who-have-sex-with-men. Child Abuse Negl. 2008 Oct; 32(10):925-40.
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  11. Folkman S. The case for positive emotions in the stress process. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2008 Jan; 21(1):3-14.
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  12. Banthia R, Moskowitz JT, Acree M, Folkman S. Socioeconomic differences in the effects of prayer on physical symptoms and quality of life. J Health Psychol. 2007 Mar; 12(2):249-60.
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  13. Moskowitz JT, Butensky E, Harmatz P, Vichinsky E, Heyman MB, Acree M, Wrubel J, Wilson L, Folkman S. Caregiving time in sickle cell disease: psychological effects in maternal caregivers. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2007 Jan; 48(1):64-71.
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  14. Folkman S, Berman B, Bondurant S, Eisenberg D, Haramati A, Kreitzer MJ, Kronenberg F. Debating the Worth of NCCAM Research. Science. 2006 Nov 17; 314(5802):1083-4; author reply 1083-4.
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  15. Chesney MA, Neilands TB, Chambers DB, Taylor JM, Folkman S. A validity and reliability study of the coping self-efficacy scale. Br J Health Psychol. 2006 Sep; 11(Pt 3):421-37.
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  16. Stroebe MS, Folkman S, Hansson RO, Schut H. The prediction of bereavement outcome: development of an integrative risk factor framework. Soc Sci Med. 2006 Nov; 63(9):2440-51.
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  17. Wilson LS, Moskowitz JT, Acree M, Heyman MB, Harmatz P, Ferrando SJ, Folkman S. The economic burden of home care for children with HIV and other chronic illnesses. Am J Public Health. 2005 Aug; 95(8):1445-52.
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  18. Wrubel J, Moskowitz JT, Richards TA, Prakke H, Acree M, Folkman S. Pediatric adherence: perspectives of mothers of children with HIV. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Dec; 61(11):2423-33.
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  19. Bonanno GA, Moskowitz JT, Papa A, Folkman S. Resilience to loss in bereaved spouses, bereaved parents, and bereaved gay men. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2005 May; 88(5):827-43.
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  20. Heyman MB, Harmatz P, Acree M, Wilson L, Moskowitz JT, Ferrando S, Folkman S. Economic and psychologic costs for maternal caregivers of gastrostomy-dependent children. J Pediatr. 2004 Oct; 145(4):511-6.
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