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Cheryl Lynn Albright, PhD, MPH

Cheryl L. Albright, PhD, MPH
  • Associate Member
    Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology)
    University of Hawaii Cancer Center
  • Academic Appointments

  • Professor (Researcher)
    Dual Appointments: –
    School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene - primary appointment
    Office of Public Health Studies
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Graduate Faculty Intercollege Doctorate in Nutrition
    College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
    University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • MA, University of Houston, Social Psychology
    University of Houston
  • PhD, Social Psychology/Behavioral Medicine
    University of Houston
  • MPH, Epidemiology
    University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health

Research Focus

Dr. Albright conducts multidisciplinary cancer research spanning the fields of epidemiology, cancer prevention, nursing, medicine, nutrition, health psychology, public health, and exercise science. She has 30 years of research experience focused on innovative strategies to promote reductions in cancer risk factors for both adults and adolescents. Her research on cancer risk factors include: dietary intake (increasing fruit/vegetables), sedentary behaviors (decrease sitting), physical activity (increase moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity), weight control/weight loss (obesity), adolescent immunizations (HPV), and the etiology of cancer risks associated with the individuals' biomarkers and the obesogenic environment. Her recent randomized clinical trials have tested the efficacy of innovative technology-driven interventions (i.e., eHealth) that included: websites, text messaging, tailored telephone counseling, and streaming videos viewed on a television connected to the internet (i.e., Google TV). Almost all of this research focused on reducing health disparities for underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly with respect to interventions to reduce cancer risk in both healthy populations and cancer survivors. She currently is working with Epidemiology faculty on a large Program Project grant to investigate body fat distribution and the gut microbiome.

Selected 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 Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; Apr, 26(4): 480-489 PMID:28143808 PMCID: PMC5380519 [Available on 2018-04-01] DOI:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0941.
  • 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. J Cancer Educ; Mar 7 (Epub ahead of print). PMID:26951482 PMCID: PMC5014724 [Available on 2017-09-07] DOI:10.1007/s13187-016-1009-2.
  • 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. Prev Med; 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. J Med Internet Res; Feb 24; 16(2), e54. PMCID: PMC3961702.
  • 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 J Med Public Health; 72(11); 380-6. PMCID: PMC3831565.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

  • C. Albright, Faculty Mentor; MPIs: J. Hedges, MD, MS., John A Burns School of Medicine, N. Mokuau, DSW, Myron B Thompson School of Social Work
    U54 MD007584
    "Research Centers in Minority Institutions - RCMI Multidisciplinary and Translational Research Infrastructure expansion (RMATRIX- Hawaii I and II)," University of Hawai'i at Manoa, HI"
  • C. Albright, Principal Investigator
    "Using an Interactive Website, Social Media, and Gamification to Engage/Reframe Deceased Organ Donation for Asian/Pacific Islander College Students," School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene; University of Hawai'i at Manoa, HI"
  • C. Albright, Co-Investigator; MPIs: L. Le Marchand, MD, PhD, U. Lim, PhD
    NIH, NCI
    PO1 CA168530-01
    "Obesity, Body Fat Distribution, and Cancer Risk in the Multiethnic Cohort," Cancer Epidemiology Program, University of Hawai'i Cancer Center; Honolulu, HI
  • C. Albright, Co-Investigator; Multiple PIs: U. Lim, PhD1, L. Chang, MD2, M. Hullar, PhD3
    "Brain–Gut Microbiome-Visceral Adiposity Relationships in Multiethnic Adults," 1Cancer Epidemiology Program at UH Cancer Center, 2Department of Medicine at John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Honolulu, HI, 3Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA