Sandra Albrecht, PhD, MPH


Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition

Dr. Albrecht is trained as a social and cardiovascular disease epidemiologist. Her research is focused on understanding the social and biological determinants of obesity and diabetes disparities in immigrants and in key Hispanic subpopulations. She primarily works with data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) and the Hispanic Community Health Survey/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a large national cohort of United States Hispanics.

Dr. Albrecht's future work will also include conducting studies in the countries of origin of many U.S. Hispanics. She is most interested in investigating whether the social (acculturation, socioeconomic status), behavioral (diet, activity) and biological factors that influence diabetes and associated complications among U.S. Hispanics are also important predictors in Latin America, a region where diabetes prevalence has risen markedly over the past decade.

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