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Shari Dworkin, PhD, MS

Education & Training

Dr. Dworkin received a BS in business from Penn State, a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California, and an MS in Biostatistics from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV infection at the Columbia University HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. She joined UCSF in 2008.

Dr. Dworkin is currently Associate Professor of Medical Sociology in the UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Within SBS, she is the Director of Doctoral Studies in Sociology and is Vice Chair of the Department. She is Affiliated Faculty at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Dr. Dworkin is a founding member of the UCGHI Center of Expertise (COE) on Women’s Health and Empowerment and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Research Committee.

Dr. Dworkin’s research focuses on the intersection of economic empowerment and HIV/AIDS prevention for at-risk women. masculinities and HIV/AIDS prevention, and gender-specific global HIV/AIDS policies. She currently collaborates with The University of Cape Town and Sonke Gender Justice to examine the impact of a gender-transformative anti-violence and HIV/AIDS prevention intervention on men in South Africa. She also collaborates with the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), GROOTS Kenya and the Huairou Commission to examine the impact of community led property rights interventions on women’s disinheritance, asset stripping, empowerment, and health in Nyanza and Western Provinces, Kenya. She is the author of numerous articles on gender relations and HIV/AIDS prevention, the author or co-author of several books, and has a forthcoming book titled Men at Risk: Gender Relations and HIV/AIDS prevention (NYU Press).