Dr. Albright holds a joint appointment as Senior Scientist, Investigator, and Director of Community-Engaged Research at OCHIN and as an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She holds a PhD and MA in Sociology from New York University and a MSW from the University of Denver, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California –Berkeley through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Program and at the University of California –Los Angeles in the Center for Culture and Health, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Albright’s substantive research agenda focuses on health disparities and the social determinants of mental and physical health among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. She is particularly interested in understanding individual-and system-level factors influencing health behaviors, identifying barriers to care, and testing potential solutions for improving care. A substantial number of her publications investigate the perspectives of health care providers, staff, patients, and/or caregivers toward particular health care approaches, technologies, and experiences in order to identify systemic opportunities and constraints.
The impact of systems and organizational dynamics on patient and provider experience, workflow, and, ultimately, health outcomes is a particularly salient theme in her research. She seeks to understand how organizations’ and institutions’ structure, culture, and processes affect dynamics within and across the healthcare ecosystem, not only for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients and consumers, but also for providers in the system. Dr. Albright is an established qualitative methodologist, implementation scientist, and community-engaged researcher. Her previous positions include three years as the Associate Director of the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation; five years as the Director of Qualitative Research at the Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science; and three years as the Director of the Qualitative Research Core in the Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention, an AHRQ-funded Center of Excellence.