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. Assessment of stress and self-efficacy for the NIH Toolbox for Neurological and Behavioral Function. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2015 Sep; 28(5):531-44.
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  2. 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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  3. Stress, coping, and hope. Psychooncology. 2010 Sep; 19(9):901-8.
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  4. 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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  5. End of living: maintaining a lifeworld during terminal illness. Psychol Health. 2009 Dec; 24(10):1229-43.
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  6. 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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  7. Depression, distress and positive mood in late-stage cancer: a longitudinal study. Psychooncology. 2009 Jan; 18(1):79-86.
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  8. 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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  9. The case for positive emotions in the stress process. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2008 Jan; 21(1):3-14.
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  10. 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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  11. Caregiving time in sickle cell disease: psychological effects in maternal caregivers. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2007 Jan; 48(1):64-71.
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  12. Debating the Worth of NCCAM Research. Science. 2006 Nov 17; 314(5802):1083-4; author reply 1083-4.
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Pediatric adherence: perspectives of mothers of children with HIV. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Dec; 61(11):2423-33.
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  17. 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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  18. Economic and psychologic costs for maternal caregivers of gastrostomy-dependent children. J Pediatr. 2004 Oct; 145(4):511-6.
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  19. Coping: pitfalls and promise. Annu Rev Psychol. 2004; 55:745-74.
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  20. Coping effectiveness training for men living with HIV: results from a randomized clinical trial testing a group-based intervention. Psychosom Med. 2003 Nov-Dec; 65(6):1038-46.
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