University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Sarah Heil

Human Behavioral Pharmacology

Sarah Heil

Sarah Heil

Associate Professor of Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

  • B.A. Wittenberg University, 1992
  • Ph.D. Dartmouth College, 1997
  • C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-9615
Room: UHC Old Hall Room 3112


Faculty, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health

Associate Director, Behavioral Pharmacology of Drug Dependence Training Program

Drug abuse treatments for pregnant and postpartum women, including behavioral treatments such as contingency management and pharmacological treatments such as opioid replacement therapies.


Vermont Center on Behavior and Health: The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) has its headquarters in the Department of Psychiatry located adjacent to the University of Vermont (UVM) campus. The facility contains 8,900 sq ft of office, laboratory, and clinic space for conducting tobacco and other drug self-administration and abuse liability studies as well as testing of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for tobacco, opioid, and other substance use disorders


Representative Publications

  • Heil, S.H., Gaalema, D.E., Johnston, A.M., Sigmon, S.C., Badger, G.J., & Higgins, S.T. (2012).  Infant pupillary response to methadone administration during treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome: A feasibility study.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 126, 268-271.  PMC3467317
  • Heil, S.H., Herrmann, E.S., Badger, G.J., Solomon, L.J., Bernstein, I.M., & Higgins, S.T.  (2014).  Examining the timing of changes in cigarette smoking upon learning of pregnancy.  Preventive Medicine, 68, 58-61.  PMC4252916
  • Meyer, M.C., Johnston, A.M., Crocker, A.M., & Heil, S.H. (2015).  Methadone and buprenorphine  for opioid dependence during pregnancy: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 9, 81-6.  PMC4375023
  • Terplan, M., Hand, D.J., Hutchinson, M., Salisbury-Afshar, E., & Heil, S.H. (2015).  Contraceptive use and method choice among women with opioid and other substance use disorders:  A systematic review.  Preventive Medicine, 80, 23-31.
  • Bergeria, C., L., & Heil, S.H.  (2015).  Surveying lactation professionals regarding marijuana use and breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding Medicine, 10,

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