Cheryl Albright, PhD

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Cheryl Albright, PhD


Academic Degrees

  • B.A. (Zoology), University of Texas
  • B.S. (Psychology), University of Houston
  • M.A.(Social Psychology), University of Houston
  • Ph.D. (Social Psychology),University of Houston
  • M.P.H. (Epidemiology), University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Cheryl L. Albright is an Associate Professor (Researcher) in the Office of Public Health Studies and she has a joint appointment in School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She conducts transdisciplinary research spanning the fields of public health, nursing, pediatric oncology, behavioral medicine, health psychology, internal medicine, nutrition, organ donation / transplantation, exercise science, and epidemiology. She has almost 30 years of research experience focused on innovative strategies to promote modification of behavioral risk factors in adults and adolescents. Before coming to the University of Hawaii, she was a senior research scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center (1984-2003).

Her research interventions encourage self-management of behavioral risk factors for chronic diseases including: dietary intake (high fat/low fiber diets), sedentary behaviors (screen time), physical activity (home-based, moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity), and obesity/weight management (weight loss and weight gain prevention). Much of her research involves innovative technology-driven research interventions that have included: websites, text messaging, tailored telephone counseling, and in-home technology such as a television connected to the internet (i.e., Google TV or a Logitech box connected to a TV). As a Principal Investigator she has been awarded (2007-present) almost $4 million dollars from both the Hawaii Department of Health (state contracts) and federal grants from several institutes at the National Institutes of Health including: NCI, NIDDK, NHLBI, and NIDA. In addition, she serves as a Co-Investigator on research grants totaling an additional $10 million dollars (funded by NCI, NINR, DOD, AHRQ, and private foundations such as the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation). Almost all of this research has focused on reducing health disparities for underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly with respect to interventions to reduce behavioral risk factors in both healthy populations and cancer survivors.

Dr. Albright has been an instructor and mentor to graduate research assistants from public health, medical students, pediatric residents, and postdoctoral fellows from the fields of public health, cancer epidemiology, nutrition, exercise science, and psychology.

Awards & Honors

Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine (2008)

Research Interests

Women’s health, health disparities in ethnic minorities (including people with a mixed-race heritage), modification of high risk behaviors, primary and secondary prevention strategies (targeting the individual, family, the community/worksite, the built environment, and public health policy).

Technology-based physical activity interventions with multiethnic postpartum women, worksite –based weight management programs, weight loss interventions for multiethnic postpartum women with a history of gestational diabetes, innovative technology interventions to educate ethnic minority teenagers about their decision to become a designated organ donor on their first driver’s license, community-based participatory research to facilitate the screening and treatment of Hepatitis B in federally qualified health centers, and EMR-facilitated physician advice to encourage healthy lifestyles (diet/exercise) in adolescent and young adults survivors of childhood cancers.

Selected Publications

Lim U, ErnstT, Wilkens LR, Albright CL, Lum-Jones A, Seifried A, Buchthal SD, Novotny R, Kolonel LN, Chang L, Cheng I, Le Marchand L. (2012) Susceptibility Variants for Waist Size in Relation to Abdominal, Visceral and Hepatic Adiposity in Postmenopausal Women. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, In press.

Albright CL, Steffen AD, Novonty R, Nigg CR, Wilkens LR, Saiki K, Yamada P, Hedemark, B, Maddock JE, Dunn AL, Brown WJ. (2012) Baseline Results from Hawaii’s N¯ā Mikimiki Project: A Physical Activity Intervention Tailored to Multiethnic Postpartum Women. Women and Health. In press.

Novonty R, Chen C, Williams AE, Albright CL, Nigg CR, Oshiro CES, Stevens VJ. (2012) U.S. acculturation is associated with health behaviors and obesity, but not their change, with a hotel-based weight management intervention among Asian-Pacific Islanders. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In press.