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

UCSF Profiles


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

  • (Selected since 1993)
  • Adler, N.E., Boyce, W. T., Chesney, M.A. Folkman, S., Syme, S. L. (1993). Socioeconomic Inequalities in health: No easy solution. Journal of the American Medical Association, 269, 3140-3145.
  • Folkman, S., Chesney, M.A., Pollack, L., & Coates, T.J. (1993). Stress, control, coping, and depressive symptoms in HIV seropositive and HIV seronegative gay men. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 18, 409-416.
  • Folkman, S., Chesney, M.A., Christopher-Richards, A. (1994). Stress and coping in caregiving partners of men with AIDS. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17, 35-55.
  • Adler, N.E., Boyce, T., Chesney, M.A., Cohen, S., Folkman, S., Kahn, R.L., Syme, S.L. (1994). Socioeconomic status and health: The challenge of the gradient. American Psychologist, 49, 15-24.
  • Chesney, M.A. & Folkman, S. (1994). Psychological impact of HIV disease and implications for intervention. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17, 163-182.
  • Folkman, S., Chesney, M.A., Cooke, M., Boccellari, A., Collette, L. (1994). Caregiver burden in HIV+ and HIV- partners of men with AIDS. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 746-756.
  • Boyce, W. T., Chesney, M. A., Alkon, A., Tschann, J. M., Adams, S., Chesterman, B. Cohen, F., Kaiser, P., Folkman, S., & Wara, D. (1995). Psychiobiologic reactivity to stress and childhood respiratory illnesses: Results of two prospective studies. Psychosomatic Medicine, 57, 411-422.
  • Folkman, S., Chesney, M. A., Collette, L., Boccellari, A., & Cooke, M. (1996). Post bereavement depressive mood and its pre-bereavement predictors in HIV+ and HIV- gay men. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 336-348.
  • Folkman, S., (1997). Using bereavement narratives to predict well-being in gay men whose partners died of AIDS: Four Theoretical Perspectives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,72, 851-854.
  • Park, C. L. & Folkman, S. (1997). Meaning in the context of stress and coping. Review of General Psychology, 2. 115-144.
  • Folkman, S. (1997). Positive psychological states and coping with severe stress. Social Science and Medicine, 45, 1207-1221.
  • Park, C. L. & Folkman, S. (1997). Stability and change in psychosocial resources during caregiving and bereavement in partners of men with AIDS. Journal of Personality,65, 421-447.
  • Richards. T. A. & Folkman, S. (1997). Spiritual aspects of a loss at the time of a partner's death from AIDS. Death Studies, 21, 527-552.
  • Cooke, M., Gourlay, L., Collette, L., Boccellari, A., Chesney, M A., & Folkman, S. (1998). Informal caregivers and the intention to hasten AIDS-related death. Archives of Internal Medicine, 158, 69-75.
  • Mayne, T. J., Acree, M., Chesney, M. A., & Folkman, S. (1998). HIV sexual risk behavior following bereavement. Health Psychology, 17 403-411.
  • Richards, A. T., Acree, M., Folkman, S. (1999). Spiritual aspects of loss among partners of men with AIDS: Post-bereavement follow-up. Death Studies, 23, 105-127.
  • Munet-Vilaro, F., Folkman, S., & Gregorich, S. (1999). Depressive symptoms in three Latino groups. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 21, 209-224.
  • Folkman, S. (1999). Thoughts about psychological factors, PNI, and cancer. Advance in Mind-Body Medicine, 15, 255-259.
  • Folkman, S. & Greer, S. (2000). Promoting psychological well-being in the face of serious illness: When theory, research, and practice inform each other. Psycho-Oncology, 9, 11-19.
  • Folkman, S. & Moskowitz, J. T. (2000). Stress, positive emotion, and coping. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9,115-118. Reprinted in The Western Psychologist, October, 2000.
  • Folkman, S. & Moskowitz, J. T. (2000). Positive affect and the other side of coping. American Psychologist, 55, 647-654.
  • Billings, D.W., Folkman, S., Acree, M., Moskowitz, J.T. (2000). Coping and physical health during caregiving: The roles of positive and negative affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 131-142
  • Park, C., Folkman, S., & Bostrom, A. (2001). Appraisals of controllability and coping in caregivers and HIV+ men: Testing the goodness-of-fit hypothesis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69, 481-488.
  • Munet-Vilaro, F., Gregorich, S., & Folkman, S. (2002). Factor analysis of the Spanish version of the "Ways of Coping" questionnaire. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 1938-1954.
  • Mohr, D.C., Moran, P., Kohn, C., Hart, S., Armstrong, K., Dias, R., Bergsland, E., Folkman, S. (2003). Couples therapy at end-of-life. Psycho-oncology, 12, 620-627.
  • Folkman, S. & Moskowitz, J. T. (2003). Positive psychology from the perspective of coping. (Reply to Lazarus). Psychological Inquiry, 14, 121-125.
  • Chesney, M.A., Chambers, D.B. Taylor, J. M., Johnson, L. M. Folkman, S. (2003). Coping effectiveness training for men living with HIV: Results from a randomized clinical trial testing a group-based intervention. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 1038-1046.
  • Folkman, S. & Moskowitz, J. T. (2004). Coping: pitfalls and promise. Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 745-774.