Cheryl L. Albright, PhD, MPH
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Biomedical Sciences C105 EA
Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 401
Honolulu, HI 96822
Dr. Albright conducts transdisciplinary research spanning the fields of nursing, pediatric oncology, behavioral medicine, health psychology, internal medicine, nutrition, organ donation/transplantation, exercise science, and epidemiology. She has more than 35 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 from 1984 to 2003. In 2008, she was elected as a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
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 (leisure time, moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity), and obesity/weight management (weight loss and weight gain prevention). Much of her research involves innovative technology-driven interventions that have included: gamification strategies, websites, text messaging, individually-tailored telephone counseling, and in-home technology such as a television connected to the internet to stream exercise videos.
From 2003 to present, as a Principal Investigator, she has been awarded more than $11 million dollars from state contracts (Hawaii Department of Health) and federal grants awarded by several institutes at the National Institutes of Health including: NIMHD, NCI, NIDDK, NHLBI, NIDA, and the Health Resources & Services Administration-HRSA.
Additionally, she has served as a Co-Investigator on research grants totaling an additional $40 million dollars funded by NCI, NINR, DOD, NIMHD, AHRQ, and private foundations such as the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation. Most 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 populations with a history of chronic conditions (e.g., cancer survivors).
Dr. Albright has been an instructor and mentor to graduate research assistants from nursing, medicine, psychology, and public health. She has also supervised post-doctoral fellows from the fields of preventive medicine, psychology, cancer epidemiology, nutrition, exercise science, and public health.