Sarah Calabrese

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Address: 2125 G Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
[email protected]


Current Research

Dr. Calabrese's research focuses on sexual health promotion among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and other socially marginalized groups. A key component of this work is identifying and addressing barriers to HIV prevention, including inequities in access to new and forthcoming biomedical prevention resources (e.g., pre-exposure prophylaxis; PrEP). More broadly, Dr. Calabrese is interested in sexual stereotypes and discrimination in the context of health. Further information about her current NIH-funded, 4-year K01 project can be found here:


Ph.D. 2012, George Washington University


Select publications:

Calabrese, S.K., Underhill, K., Earnshaw, V.A., Hansen, N.B., Kershaw, T.S., Magnus, M., Krakower, D.S., Mayer, K.H., Betancourt, J.R., & Dovidio, J.F. (2016). Framing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the general public: How inclusive messaging may prevent prejudice from diminishing public support. AIDS and Behavior, 20(7), 1499-1513. doi: 10.1007/s10461-016-1318-9
Calabrese, S.K., Magnus, M., Mayer, K.H., Krakower, D.S., Eldahan, A.I., Gaston-Hawkins, L.A., Hansen, N.B., Kershaw, T.S., Underhill, K., Betancourt, J.R., & Dovidio, J.F. (2016). Putting PrEP into practice: Lessons learned from early-adopting U.S. providers’ firsthand experiences providing HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and associated care. PLOS ONE, 11(6), e0157324. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157324

Calabrese, S.K., Burke, S.E., Dovidio, J.F., Levina, O.S., Uusküla, A., Niccolai, L.M., & Heimer, R. (2016). Internalized HIV and drug use stigmas: Interacting forces threatening health and health service utilization among people living with HIV who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia. AIDS and Behavior, 20(1), 85-97. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1100-4
Calabrese, S.K., & Underhill, K. (2015). How stigma surrounding HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) undermines prevention and pleasure: A call to destigmatize “Truvada whores.” American Journal of Public Health, 105(10), 1960-1964. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302816
Calabrese, S.K., Meyer, I.H., Overstreet, N.M., Haile, R., & Hansen, N.B. (2015). Exploring discrimination and mental health disparities faced by Black sexual minority women relative to other multiply marginalized groups using a minority stress framework. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39(3), 287-304doi: 10.1177/0361684314560730
Calabrese, S.K., Rosenberger, J.G., Schick, V.R., & Novak, D.S. (2015). Pleasure, affection, and love among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) versus MSM of other races: Countering dehumanizing stereotypes via cross-race comparisons of reported sexual experience at last sexual event. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(7), 2001-2014doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0405-0
Calabrese, S.K., Earnshaw, V.A., Underhill, K., Hansen, N.B., & Dovidio, J.F. (2014). The impact of patient race on clinical decisions related to prescribing HIV-pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): Assumptions about sexual risk compensation and implications for access. AIDS and Behavior18(2), 226-240. doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0675-x