Dr. Dworkin received a BS in business from Penn State, an MA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, a PhD 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 from 2002-2005. She was an Assistant Professor in Behavioral Medicine in the Columbia University School of Medicine from 2005-2008 and joined UCSF in 2008.
Dr. Dworkin is currently a Professor in the UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). As of July 1, 2014, she is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the UCSF School of Nursing. She is Affiliated Faculty at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS). Dr. Dworkin is a founding member of the UCGHI Center of Expertise (COE) on Women's Health and Empowerment and currently serves as Alternate Co-Director.
Dr. Dworkin's research focuses on the intersection of gender-specific relations and HIV prevention. Her research centers on the integration of economic empowerment programming with HIV prevention, treatment and care. She also examines the impact of gender-transformative health interventions on heterosexually-active men. 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) and GROOTS Kenya to understand the health-related impacts of access to and control over land on women 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).