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Cheryl L. Albright, PhD, MPH

Professor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene ​
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster 401​
Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: cherylal@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-956-9716
Fax: 808-956-0547

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Biography

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 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). 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 (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 nursing & public health, medical students, pediatric residents, and postdoctoral fellows from the fields of psychology, cancer epidemiology, nutrition, exercise science, and public health.


Education

M.P.H. University of California at Berkeley; Berkeley, California, Major area: Social Epidemiology
Ph.D. University of Houston; Houston, Texas, Major area: Social Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
M.A. University of Houston; Houston, Texas, Major area: Social Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
B.S. University of Houston; Houston, Texas, Major area: Psychology
B.A. University of Texas; Austin, Texas, Major area: Zoology


Research Focus

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.


Recent Publications

Conroy SM, Clarke CA, Yang J, Shariff-Marco S, Shvetso YB, Park S-Y, Albright CL, Hertz A, Monroe KR, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L, Wilkens LR, Gomez SL, Cheng I. (2017) Contextual impact of neighborhood obesogenic factors on postmenopausal breast cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Apr, 26(4): 480-489. PMCID: PMC5380519 DOI:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0941

Dela Cruz, MRI, Tsark JU, Soon, R., Albright CL, Braun, KL. (2016) Community involvement and the results of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine brochure created for parents in Hawai‘i. Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health. July, 75 (7) 203-207. PMCID: PMC4950096.

Dela Cruz, MRI, Tsark JU, Chen J, Albright CL, Braun, KL. (2016) Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination motivators, barriers, and brochure preferences among parents in multicultural Hawai‘i: A qualitative study. Journal of Cancer Education. 2016 Mar 7 (Epub ahead of print). PMID:26951482 PMCID:PMC5014724 DOI:10.1007/s13187-016-1009-2

Ferrara A, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Albright CL, Ehrlich SF, Tsai A, Caan BJ, Sternfeld B, Gordon NP, Schmittdiel JA, Gunderson EP, Mevi AA, ,Herman WH, Ching J, Crites, Y, Quesenberry CP. (2016). The comparative effectiveness of diabetes prevention strategies to reduce postpartum weight retention in women with gestational diabetes. The Gestational Diabetes’ Effects on Moms (GEM) cluster randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care. Jan, 39(1): 65-74. PMID: 26657945

Albright CL, Saiki K, Steffen AD, Woekel E. (2015) What barriers thwart postpartum women’s Physical Activity goals during a 12-month intervention? A process evaluation of the Nā Mikimiki Project. Women and Health. 55(1): 1-21. PMID: 25402618

Albright CL, Steffen AD, Wilkens LR, White KK, Novotny R, Nigg CR, Saiki K, Brown WJ. (2014) Effectiveness of a 12-month tailored multimedia randomized trial to increase physical activity in multiethnic population of postpartum women: Hawaii’s Nā Mikimiki Project. Preventive Medicine. Oct 5, 69C:214-223. PMID: 25285751

Bantum EO, Albright CL, White KK, Berenberg JL, Layi G, Ritter P, Laurent D, Plant K, Lorig K. (2014) Surviving and Thriving with Cancer: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Behavior Change Program. Journal of Medical Internet Research. Feb 24; 16(2), e54. PMCID: PMC3961702

Ferrara A, Hedderson MM, Albright CL, Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Caan BJ, Sternfeld B, Gordon NP, Schmittdiel JA, Gunderson EP, Mevi AA, Tsai A, Ching J, Crites, Y, Quesenberry CP. (2014) A pragmatic cluster randomized clinical trial of diabetes prevention strategies for women with gestational diabetes: Design and rational of the Gestational Diabetes’ Effects on Moms (GEM) study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Jan 15;14-21. PMCID: PMC3897959.

Williams AE, Stevens VJ, Albright CL, Nigg CR, Meenan R., Vogt TM. (2014) The results of a 2-year randomized trial of a worksite weight management intervention. American Journal of Health Promotion. May/June 2014; 28(5):336-9. PMID: 24524385

Lim U, Wilkens LR, Albright CL, Novotny R, Kolonel, LN, LeMarchand L. (2013) University of Hawai’i Cancer Center Connection: Bias in Self-reported Anthropometry in Relation to Adiposity and Adulthood Weight Gain among Postmenopausal Caucasian and Japanese American Women. Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health. Dec.,72(12), 445-9. PMCID: PMC3872924

Wada R, Glaser D, Bantum E, Orimoto T, Steffen AD, Elia J, Albright CL. (2013) Hawaii’s multiethnic adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer: Are their health behavior risks similar to state and national samples? Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health. 72(11); 380-6. PMCID: PMC3831565

Schembre SM, Cheng I, Wilkens LR, Albright CL, Le Marchand L. (2013) Variations in bitter-taste receptor genes, dietary intake, and colorectal adenoma risk. Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal. 65(7); 982-90. PMCID:PMC3836614

Wong LL, Hernandez B, Albright CL. (2012) Socioeconomic factors affect disparities in access to screening and transplant for hepatocellular cancer. Journal of Transplantation. Dec. 4. Article ID 870659. PMCID: PMC3529502


Funded Grants

Obesity, Body Fat Distribution, and Cancer Risk in the Multiethnic Cohort
2012- present
Co-Investigator
NIH, NCI (1 PO1 CA168530-01, 9/1/2012-8/13/2017; $3,226,384 annual direct costs)
Co-PIs: Loic LeMarchand, MD, PhD & Unhee Lim, PhD. Epidemiology Program. University of Hawai’i Cancer Center; Honolulu, HI

Translational diabetes prevention in women with gestational diabetes.
2011 – present
Consultant
NIH, NIDDK (R18DK067334; 7/1/2010-6/30/2015)
PI: Assiamira Ferrara, MD, Kaiser Foundation Research Inst., Oakland, CA

Obesogenic environment: impact on breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer risk
2011- present
Co-Investigator
NIH, NCI (1R01CA154644, 9/1/2011- 8/31/2015)
PI: Iona Cheng, Ph.D., Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Freemont, CA.

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
2010-present
Principal Investigator
NIH, NIDA (R42 DA031402; 9/1/2010- 11/31/2013)

Comparative effectiveness of diabetes prevention strategies in women with gestational diabetes.
2010- 2013
Subcontract Principal Investigator
USDHHS; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (R01 HS019367; 9/1/2010-8/31/201)
PI: Assiamira Ferrara, MD, Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Kaiser Foundation Research Inst., Oakland, CA

Translating the PACE+ model into a Kapi’olani Medical Center Pediatric Oncology clinic treating multiethnic adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer
2010 – present
Co- Principal Investigator
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

Reducing obesity in survivors of childhood cancer using an electronic medical record-facilitated clinical management program
2010 – present
Co- Principal Investigator
Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation (7/1/2012 – 12/30/2013)
Managed by the Hawaii Pacific Health Foundation, Honolulu, HI
Recruitment and Evaluation of rural youth groups’ response to a multimedia intervention to motivate ethnic teens to be a designated organ donor.
9/2009 – 11/2011
ARRA Administrative Supplement, NIH, R01 (DK079684-03S1)
UH School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene, Honolulu, HI

Multimedia intervention to motivate ethnic teens to be designated organ donors on first drive’s license
2007- 2013
Principal Investigator
NIH, NIDDK (R01 DK079684; 8/1/2007-7/31/2012)

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