Sandra Albrecht

Sandra Albrecht

Sandra Albrecht

Assistant Professor


722 W. 168th St., RM 703
New York NY 10032
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Dr. Albrecht is formally trained as a social epidemiologist, with additional training in the social sciences, nutrition, and in both chronic and infectious diseases. She has also previously worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural and neighborhood-level factors that contribute to the high burden of nutrition-related diseases in US immigrants and among Latinos. Past research projects include using longitudinal and multi-level modeling approaches to investigate the social determinants of diet and weight gain in Latino and Chinese immigrants, and exploring the role of ethnic enclaves in shaping nutrition-related outcomes. Her emerging line of research seeks to understand the social and behavioral mechanisms underlying the high burden of type 2 diabetes and poor control among diverse groups of Latinos, with an emphasis on improving access to quality care, and affordable, healthy food. Dr. Albrecht has also been engaged in scientific communication efforts to help individuals, communities and policy-makers make evidence-based decisions around health. To this end, she has been serving as Chief Epidemiologist for @Dear Pandemic, a social media-based, multi-disciplinary COVID-19 science communication project aimed at tackling the "infodemic" of misinformation that has helped to cripple the response to the pandemic. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the parallel Spanish language effort, Querida Pandemia.



PhD, 2011, University of Michigan School of Public Health
MPH, 2004, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
BA, 1998, University of Pennsylvania
Other, 2014, Postdoctoral training: Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Columbia Affiliations

Member, Columbia Population Research Center

Other Affiliations

Member, American Diabetes Association
Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research
Member, NY Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR)
Member, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science

Areas of Expertise

Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Community Programs and Outreach, Community-Based Healthcare, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Immigrant Health, Minority Health, Social Epidemiology, Underserved Populations, Hunger/Food Insecurity, Nutrition, Obesity, Health Literacy, Public Health Education, Urban Health

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Maldonado LE, Albrecht SS. Does the immigrant advantage in overweight/obesity persist over time in Mexican-American youth? NHANES 1988-1994 to 2005-2014. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2018 Jun;26(6):1057-1062
Ward JB, Albrecht SS, Robinson WR, Pence BW, Maselko J, Haan MN, Aiello AE. Neighborhood language isolation and depressive symptoms among elderly U.S. Latinos. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Aug 24
Albrecht SS, Mayer-Davis E, Popkin BM. Secular and race/ethnic trends in glycemic outcomes by BMI in US adults: the role of waist circumference. Diabetes Metab Res Rev 2017 Jul; 33(5).
Kershaw KN, Albrecht SS. Racial/ethnic residential segregation and cardiovascular disease risk. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep 2015 March; 9 (3): pii: 10.
Albrecht SS, Gordon-Larsen P, Stern D, Popkin B. Is waist circumference per body mass index rising differentially across the US, England, China, and Mexico? Eur J Clin Nutr 2015 Dec; 69(12):1306-12.
Albrecht SS, Osypuk TL, Kandula NR, Gallo LC, Le-Scherban F, Shrager S, Diez Roux AV. Change in waist circumference with longer time in the US among Hispanic and Chinese immigrants: the modifying role of the neighborhood built environment. Ann Epidemiol 2015 Oct;25(10):767-772.e2.
Albrecht SS, Gordon-Larsen P. Socioeconomic gradients in body mass index (BMI) in US immigrants during the transition to adulthood: examining the roles of parental education and intergenerational educational mobility. J Epidemiol Community Health 2014 Sep; 68(9):842-8.
Albrecht SS, Barquera S, Popkin BM. Exploring secular changes in the association between BMI and waist circumference in Mexican-origin and white women: a comparison of Mexico and the United States. Am J Hum Biol 2014 Sep-Oct; 26(5):627-34.
Albrecht SS, Gordon-Larsen P. Ethnic differences in body mass index trajectories from adolescence to adulthood: a focus on Hispanic and Asian subgroups in the United States. PloS One 2013 Sep 5; 8 (9):e72983.
Albrecht SS, Diez Roux AV, Kandula NR, Ni H, Osypuk TL, Shrager S. Immigrant assimilation and BMI and waist size: a longitudinal examination among Hispanic and Chinese participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2013 Aug; 21(8):1695-703.

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