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Judith Albino, PhD 

President Emerita, Professor


Judith Albino, PhD, is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Native Oral Health Research, the only NIH-funded center for research in oral health disparities that is focused on the American Indian/Alaska Native population.  The Center’s work in Early Childhood Caries relies heavily on social and behavioral approaches, including motivational interviewing and culturally adapted strategies for provider-parent alliances. 

Dr. Albino is a health psychologist; her ColoradoSPH appointment is in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, and she also is a faculty member of the CU School of Dental Medicine. In addition, Dr. Albino participates in program planning and instructional activities for the Clinical Faculty Scholars and Leadership Development Programs of the CCTSI Education, Training and Career Development Core.

Research Interests:
  • Indian and community health interventions
  • Oral Health
  • Current Research Projects:
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Center for Native Oral Health Research  (2008-2015, Principal Investigator).   This grant for a Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health (CNOHR), involves two major research projects and three pilot projects, as well as activities focused on training and community participation aimed at improving the oral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Particular attention is given to caries and infectious diseases as they are related to the behavioral and cultural aspects of oral disease and health.
  • The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Center for American Indian Alaska Native Health Disparities (Co-Investigator): Center implements an interdisciplinary, culturally grounded, problem-oriented research program focused on understanding broad determinants of health including environmental, social, and behavioral factors. The goal of the pilot oral health project is to identify and address the modifiable mechanisms influencing oral health disparities and to develop a targeted oral health intervention for use in a pediatric well-child clinic with American Indian children from birth to age three and their caregivers.
  • Education:
  • The University of Texas at Austin, BJ, Magazine Journalism, 1967
  • University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Human Learning and Motivation; Measurement and Evaluation in Psychology, education and communication, 1973
  • Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College, City University of New York, Certificate in Professional Coaching, 2007
  • Colorado School of Public Health

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