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Sandra Albrecht, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor Department of Nutrition

T:(919) 962-6150


137 East Franklin Street

CB# 8120

Chapel Hill, NC 27516


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.

Honors and Awards

Early Career Investigator Award
2013, The Obesity Society

Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence
2012, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Representative Courses

NUTR 813: Nutritional Epidemiology

Research Activities

Social epidemiology of nutrition
Latino health
Acculturation and immigrant health

Key Publications

Change in waist circumference with longer time in the US among Hispanic and Chinese immigrants: the modifying role of the neighborhood built environment. Albrecht SS, Osypuk TL, Kandula NR, Gallo LC, Lê-Scherban F, Shrager S, Diez Roux AV (2015). Annals of Epidemiology, 25(10), 767-772.

Racial/ethnic residential segregation and cardiovascular disease risk. Kershaw KN, Albrecht SS (2015). Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 9(3), 10.

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. Albrecht SS, Barquera S, Popkin BM (2014). American Journal of Human Biology, 26(5), 627-634.

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. Albrecht SS, Gordon-Larsen P (2014). Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(9), 842-848.

Immigrant assimilation and BMI and waist size: a longitudinal examination among Hispanic and Chinese participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Albrecht SS, Diez Roux AV, Kandula NR, Ni H, Osypuk TL, Shrager S (2013). Obesity (Silver Spring), 21(8), 1695-1703.


PhD, Epidemiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 2011

MPH, Epidemiology, Columbia University, 2004

BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1998