Sandra Albrecht

Sandra Albrecht

Sandra Albrecht

Assistant Professor


722 W. 168th St., RM 703
New York NY 10032


Dr. Albrecht is formally trained as a social epidemiologist, with additional training in the social sciences, nutrition, and population health. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the progression of obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in US immigrants, and among Latinos in the US and in Latin America. Examples of past research includes investigating the social and environmental determinants of diet and weight gain in Latino and Chinese immigrants, and exploring the role of ethnic enclaves in shaping nutrition-related outcomes in Latinos. Her emerging line of research seeks to understand the social and behavioral mechanisms underlying the high burden of T2D and associated complications in Mexican-Americans and other Latino subgroups. Building on her epidemiology background, she is in the process of integrating training in the physiology of glucose dysregulation, in the clinical issues associated with T2D prevention and treatment, and in the use of electronic health record data and health informatics to characterize and understand the sources of variability in glucose dysregulation and poor T2D control across Latino subgroups.



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 Affiliations

Member, American Diabetes Association
Member, The Obesity Society
Member, NY Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR)

Areas of Expertise

Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Community-Based Healthcare, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Immigrant Health, Minority Health, Social Epidemiology, Underserved Populations, Hunger/Food Insecurity, Nutrition, Obesity

Select Publications

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, Lê-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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