Dvora Joseph Davey

Dr. Dvora Joseph Davey is an infectious disease epidemiologist with over 20 years of experience in maternal and newborn health research and program evaluation. Dr. Joseph Davey is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Epidemiology and Division of Infectious Diseases in the Geffen School at UCLA. Based in South Africa, she is a Honorary Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

She is the PI of several large NIH funded studies that evaluate interventions to improve HIV prevention (including pre-exposure prophylaxis) and sexually transmitted infection diagnostics and treatment in pregnant and lactating people. She has been involved in research in Southern Africa since 2003 where she has developed and evaluated donor-funded epidemiological studies to inform effective, culturally relevant interventions aimed at reducing the burden of HIV and related diseases on women, children, and families. Her global health experience includes research in South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, Peru, and Thailand. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Joseph Davey was a Country Director and Technical Director for a NGO implementing HIV prevention and treatment programs in Mozambique.  Dr. Joseph Davey completed her doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master’s degree in public health at Columbia University. 

Center Affiliations


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MPH, Population and Reproductive Health, Columbia University, New York, NY

Areas of Interest

Dr. Joseph Davey's research focuses on how best to prevent and treat HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in peri-conception, pregnant women and couples, as well as other vulnerable populations. She has expertise in study design and use of epidemiological methods to inform interventions aimed at reducing the burden of HIV and related diseases on women, children, and families. Most recently, she is examining the combination of behavioral and biomedical approaches to HIV prevention among vulnerable populations, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in pregnant and breastfeeding women.