Sandra S Albrecht

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 include 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 type 2 diabetes and associated complications in Mexican-Americans and other Latino subgroups.

Research Interests

Built Environment
Health Inequities
Immigrant Children or Children of Immigrants
Immigrant Health
Life Course Perspectives on Migration
Migrant Health
Nutrition Programs for Children
Place-based interventions
Social Determinants
Urban Health


American Community Survey
National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health
Medicaid Data
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
National Health Interview Survey
NYC Survey Data (e.g. Community Health Survey, Housing and Vacancy Survey)
NYC Administrative Data