Dorcey L. Applyrs, DrPH, MPH was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Albany, NY after graduating from Delaware State University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is a graduate of the University at Albany State University of New York (SUNY Albany) School of Public Health with a Doctorate and Master’s of Public Health.
Dr. Applyrs is currently a Public Health Faculty Program Director at Excelsior College. In her role, she provides oversight to the development of Public Health degree programs within the School of Health Sciences. Prior to returning to school to pursue her doctorate degree, Dr. Applyrs was employed in the field of HIV/AIDS as an advocate where she worked to improve the quality of life of communities disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2005, Dr. Applyrs was hired as the Director of Programs for the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS (CDAACA) located in Albany, NY. While at CDAACA, she managed and evaluated of the agency’s HIV prevention programs. Dr. Applyrs later accepted a position as a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist with the Harm Reduction Coalition located in New York City where she provided technical assistance, consultation and skills-building trainings to community-based organizations and health departments nationally. Dr. Applyrs has completed fellowships with the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society; New York State Department of Health/AIDS Institute Office on Planning and Policy; New York State Council on Children and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs; and Harvard University School of Public Health.
Dr. Applyrs is actively involved in the Albany community. She is a Common Councilwoman in the City of Albany representing the First Ward. She is also a member of the Second Avenue Neighborhood Association and Metropolitan New Testament Baptist Church. Dr. Applyrs is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and previously served as a program advisor for the Delta GEMS program which mentors teenage girls in the Capital District. She is also a board member for the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
- Public Health
- Health Care
- Doctorate of Public Health, University at Albany (SUNY), 2014
- Master of Public Health, University at Albany (SUNY), 2005
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Delaware State University, 2003
Memberships and Affiliations
- The Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, Board Member
- The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Board Member
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Regional Health Equity Council Member