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Professor, Social & Behavioral Health
677 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 602
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone: (808) 956-9716
fax: (808) 537-9294
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 a 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.
||Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine (2008)
||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.
Wong LL, Hernandez B, Albright CL. (2012) Socioeconomic factors affect disparities in access to screening and transplant for hepatocellular cancer. Journal of Transplantation. In Press.
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, July; 112(7): 1048-55.
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 Nā Mikimiki Project: A Physical Activity Intervention Tailored to Multiethnic Postpartum Women. Women and Health. 52:3, 265-291. PMCID: PMC3379789.
Albright CL, Schembre SM, Steffen AD, Wilkens LR, Monroe KR, Yonemori KM, Murphy, SP. (2012) Reasons for taking dietary supplements and beliefs about the relative importance of supplements versus medications: Differences by race/ethnicity and sex: Results from the SURE study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, August, 112(8): 1223-1229.
Schembre SM, Albright CL, Lim U, Wilkens LR, Murphy, SP, Novotny R, Ernst T, Chang L, Kolonel LN, LeMarchand L. (2012) Associations between weight-related eating behaviors and detailed measures of adiposity in postmenopausal Japanese American and white women. Physiology & Behavior, July 16; 106(5); 651-6.
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. May; 112(5): 649-56. Epub 2012 April 25. PMID: 22709769. PMCID:PMC 3378986
Wong LL, Hernandez BY, Kwee S, Albright CL, Okimoto G, Tsai, N. (2012) Healthcare Disparities in Asians and Pacific Islanders with hepatocellular cancer. American Journal of Surgery, June; 203(6):726-32.
Lim U, Turner SD, Franke AA, Wilkens LR, Ernst T, Cooney RV, Albright CL, Novotny R, Chang L, Kolonel, LN, Murphy SP, LeMarchand L. (2012) Predicting Total, Abdominal, Visceral and Hepatic Adiposity with Circulating Biomarkers in Caucasian and Japanese-American women. PLoS ONE, 2012;7(8):e43502. Epub 2012 Aug 17. PMCID: PMC3422255
Layi G, Albright CL, Berenberg J, Plant K, Ritter P, Laurent D, Lorig K, Bantum EO. (2011) Recruiting Cancer Survivors for an Online Health-Behavior Change Intervention: Are Different Strategies More Beneficial. Hawaii Medical Journal, Oct, 70(10), 222-3.
Ferrara A, Hedderson MM, Albright CL, Ehrlich SF, Quesenberry CP, Peng T, Feng J, Ching J, Crites, Y. (2011) A pregnancy and postpartum lifestyle intervention in women with GDM reduces diabetes risk factors: a randomized feasibility study within a health management organization. Diabetes Care, Jul;34(7):1519-25. Epub 2011 May 3.
Schembre, S.M., Nigg C.R., Albright C.L. (2011) Race/Ethnic differences in body weight ideals and “healthy” dieting practices among young women in Hawaii? Hawaii Medical Journal, 70 (7), 32-36.
Albright, CL., Wong, L., Dela Cruz, MR, Abe, L, Sagayadoro TL. (2010) Choosing to be a Designated Organ Donor on their First Driver’s License: Actions, Opinions, Intentions and Barriers of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Adolescents in Hawaii. Progress in Transplantation. 20(4), 1-9
Albright CL, Maddock JE, Nigg CR. (2009) Increasing physical activity in postpartum multiethnic women in Hawaii: Results from a pilot study. BMC Women’s Health, 9(4): 3 March, 2009
Albright CL, Steffen A, Wilkens, L.R., Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. (2008) The Prevalence of Obesity in Ethnic Admixture Adults . Obesity. 16(5):1138-43.
Williams AE, Vogt TM, Stevens VJ, Albright CL, Nigg CR, Meenan RT, Finucane ML.(2007) Work, Weight, and Wellness: The 3W Program. A Worksite Obesity Prevention Trial among Hotel Workers. Obesity, 15: 16S-26S.
Albright CL., Wong L., Dela Cruz MR, Abe L, Sagayadoro TL (2007) Predictors of designated donor status in Filipino-Americans: Hawaii’s Bayanihan Project. Hawaii Medical Journal. 66(7), 181-184
Albright CL, Steffen A, Wilkens, L.R., Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. (2007) Body Mass Index and the Prevalence of Obesity in Monorace and Multiracial Adults: Results from the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Ethnicity and Disease.17:268-273.
Current Research Funding:
||Principal Investigator, NIH, NIDDK (R01 DK079684; 8/1/2007-7/31/2012) Multimedia intervention to motivate ethnic teens to be designated organ donors
|9/2009 – 11/2011
ARRA Administrative Supplement, NIH, R01 (DK079684-03S1) Recruitment and Evaluation of rural youth groups’ response to a multimedia intervention to motivate ethnic teens to be a designated organ donor.
UH School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
||Principal Investigator, NIH, NIDA (9R42 DA031402; 9/1/2010- 8/31/2013). A Home Exercise Program for Women with infants & young children Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant between the UH School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene, Honolulu, HI and Klein Bluendel, Inc., Golden, CO.
||Subcontract Principal Investigator, USDHHS; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (R01 HS019367; 9/1/2010-8/31/201)
Comparative effectiveness of diabetes prevention strategies in women with gestational diabetes. PI: Assiamira Ferrara, MD, Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Kaiser Foundation Research Inst., Oakland, CA
|2010 – present
||Co- Principal Investigator, Translating the PACE+ model into a Kapi’olani Medical Center Pediatric Oncology clinic treating multiethnic adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer
Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation (12/1/2010-4/30/2012) Managed by the Hawaii Pacific Health Foundation; Honolulu, HI. PI: Randall Wada, MD; School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
||Co-Investigator, NIH, NCI (1R01CA154644, 9/1/2011- 8/31/2015). Obesogenic environment: impact on breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer risk. PI: Iona Cheng, Ph.D., Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Freemont, CA.
||Co-Investigator, NIH, NCI (1 PO1 CA168530-01, 9/1/2012-8/13/2017; $3,226,384 annual direct costs). Obesity, Body Fat Distribution, and Cancer Risk in the Multiethnic Cohort. Co-PIs: Loic LeMarchand, MD, PhD & Unhee Lim, PhD. Epidemiology Program. University of Hawai’i Cancer Center; Honolulu, HI
Previous Resesarch Funding:
||Principal Investigator, NIH, NCI (R01 CA115614; 9/29/2007-7/31/2012). Physical Activity in Women with Infants
ARRA Administrative Supplement, NCI (R01 CA115614–03S1) Recruitment and evaluation of postpartum women with a history of gestational diabetes response to a physical activity intervention and the evaluation of sedentary behavior in an ethnic minority sample of postpartum women.
UH School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
Research Core Leader, NIH, NINR (P20NR010671; 9/30/2007-6/30/2012) Center for `Ohana Self-Management of Chronic Illnesses in Hawaii (COSMIC): Building Research Teams for the Future
PI: Jillian Inouye, PhD, APRN; UH School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene