Professor of Psychology, Professor of Psychiatry

Research and/or Creative Works

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


  • 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.  PMC4842019
  • Heil, S.H., Hand, D.J., Sigmon, S.C., Badger, G.J., Meyer, M.C., & Higgins, S.T.  (2016).  Using behavioral economic theory to increase use of effective contraceptives among opioid-maintained women at risk of unintended pregnancy.  Preventive Medicine, 92, 62-67.  PMC5085886
  • Matusiewicz, A.K., Melbostad, H.S., & Heil, S.H.  (2017).  Knowledge of and concerns about long-acting reversible contraception among women in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.  Contraception, 96, 365-369.  PMC5643244
  • Bergeria, C.L., Heil, S.H., Bunn, J., Sigmon, S.C., & Higgins, S.T.  (2017).  Comparing smoking topography and subjective measures of usual brand cigarettes between pregnant and non-pregnant smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
  • Higgins, S.T., Heil, S.H., Sigmon, S.C., Tidey, J.W., Gaalema, D.E., Hughes, J.R., Stitzer, M.L., Durand, H., Bunn, J.Y., Priest, J.S., Arger, C.A., Miller, M.E., Bergeria, C.L., Davis, D.R., Streck, J.M., Reed, D., Kelly, J.S., & Tursi, L.  (2017). Addiction potential of reduced nicotine content cigarettes in vulnerable populations.  JAMA Psychiatry, 74, 1056-1064.  PMC5710465

Associations and Affiliations

Faculty, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health

Associate Director, Behavioral Pharmacology of Drug Dependence Training Program

Sarah Heil portrait


  • B.A. Wittenberg University, 1992
  • Ph.D. Dartmouth College, 1997


  • (802) 656-9615
Office Location:

UHC Old Hall Room 3112