Dorcey Applyrs 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 Master's of Public Health. Dorcey is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree at SUNY Albany.
Dorcey met her loving and supportive husband Don while in graduate school, both attending SUNY Albany. The couple purchased their first home in Albany's First Ward. After falling in love with the neighborhood and believing that it would be a great place for the two young adults, the couple settled into their home in 2006.
Prior to returning to school to pursue her doctorate degree, Dorcey 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, Dorcey was hired as the Director of Programs for the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS located in Albany, NY. In her role, Dorcey managed the development, implementation and evaluation of the agency's programs. Dorcey 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. Dorcey 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 Communications Program; and Harvard University School of Public Health.
Dorcey is actively involved in the Albany community. She is a member of the Second Avenue Neighborhood Association and Metropolitan New Testament Baptist Church. She has been actively involved since 2004 with the Albany, NY Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, a public service organization. Dorcey has 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 In Our Own Voices (IOOV).