Cheryl Lynn Albright, PhD, MPH

Cheryl Lynn Albright, PhD, MPH

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Associate Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Prevention in the Pacific), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

Academic Appointment(s):
Professor (Researcher), Dual Appointments: School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene - primary appointment
Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Graduate Faculty
Intercollege Doctorate in Nutrition, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

MA, 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

Steffen AD, Wilkens LR, Yonemoni KM, Albright CL, Murphy SP. (2021) Dietary Supplement Frequency Questionnaire Correctly Ranks Nutrient Intakes in US Older Adults When Compared to a Comprehensive Dietary Supplement Inventory. J Nutr; nxab140,

Mau M, Minami C, Stotz S, Albright CL, Kanaʻlaupuni S, Guth H. (2021) A Qualitative Study on Voyaging and Health: Perspectives and Insights from the Medical Officers during the Worldwide Voyage. (2021) British Med J Open;11:e048767. DOI: 10.1136/ bmjopen-2021-048767 PMCID: PMC8264866.

Kostareva U, Albright CL, Berens EM, Polansky P, Kadish DE , Ivanov LL, Sentell TL. (2021). A Multilingual Integrative Review of Health Literacy in Former Soviet Union, Russian-Speaking Immigrants. Int J Environ Res Public Health;17 (7). DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18020657 PMID: 33466671 PMCID: PMC7828764.

Taira D, Stafford M, Davis J, Albright CL, Kataoka-Yahiro M, Sumida W. (2020). Level of Self-Reported Pain’s Interference with Work, and Association with Number of Prescriptions and Health Care Expenditures. J Pharm Health Serv Res;11; 287-293;

Shvetsov YB, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J , Conroy SM, Canchola AJ, Albright CL, Park SY, Monroe KR, Le Marchand L, Gomez SL, Wilkens LR, Cheng, I. (2020) Association of change in the neighborhood obesogenic environment with colorectal cancer risk: the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Soc Sci  Med - Popul Health;10 (April, 2020): 1-8, PMID: 31909167 PMCID: PMC6940713.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

CL, Albright, PI of Subcontract; M, Hedderson, PI
“Cluster randomized trial of a mobile health intervention to achieve appropriate gestational weight gain in overweight/obese women”
09/01/2019 - 06/30/2024

CL, Albright, PI
Hawaii Department of Health: The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. FDA-Tobacco
“KATS & Synar Monitoring sales of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to underage minors: KATS, FDA, and SYNAR Projects”
09/30/21 - 09/29/22 & 09/01/21 - 09/31/22

CL, Albright, Consultant; LA, Avalos, MPI; S. Badon, MPI
Kaiser Permanente National Advertising and Sports Marketing partnership with National Basketball Association
“Pilot Study: Preventing Postpartum Depression: Exercise as Medicine”
02/01/2020 - 01/31/2022

CL, Albright, Safety Officer; SF, Ehrlich, PI
K01 DK105106
“Project Wellness: A Pilot Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial”
09/2019 - 12/2021