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COIN Investigators & Staff

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Karen Albright, PhD
Title: Associate Director
Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Location: Denver
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See Dr. Albright's Dimensions profile that includes: publications, grants, datasets, patents and clinical trials
My research focuses on health disparities and the social determinants of health among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. I am 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 my 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.
Working for the VA, the largest integrated health care system in the country, offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Veterans and to bridge the research-practice divide. As the daughter of a Veteran, it is an honor for me to contribute to supporting and improving health care for Veterans.
Over the next decade, I hope my work will contribute to the development and implementation of innovative interventions to improve stakeholder experiences and outcomes. I also hope that my work will lead to deeper understanding of how organizations’ and institutions’ structure, culture, and processes affect dynamics within and across the healthcare ecosystem, which will ultimately result in improved system functionality and effectiveness.

The following images visualize Dr. Albright's work. The word cloud is drawn from publication titles. The research collaboration map shows research relationships (click the image to enlarge):

Dr. Albright's publication titles indicate his primary work is care of Veterans
Word cloud from pub titles
Dr. Albright's collaborations are primarily from the University of Colorado
Research collaboration map
The following research fields have been used to summarize Dr. Albright's publications and grants. The categories are based on 53 publications and no grants (yet!).
Publications Grants
Clinical Research  
Behavioral and Social Science  
Health Services  
Clinical Trials and Supportive Activities  
Vaccine Related  

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Recent Publications




Schwab-Reese, L.M., Albright, K. & Krugman, R.D. Mandatory Reporting “will Paralyze People” or “Without it, People Would not Report”: Understanding Perspectives from Within the Child Protection System. Child Youth Care Forum (2022).
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McNeal DM, Fehling K, Ho PM, Kaboli P, Shimada S, Saini SD, Youles B, Albright K. Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Access Research Priorities for the Department of Veterans Affairs. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Mar 29. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-07195-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35349024
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Arch JJ, Crespi CM, Levin ME, Genung SR, Nealis M, Mitchell JL, Bright EE, Albright K, Magidson JF, Stanton AL. Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of a Low-Touch Remotely-Delivered Values Intervention to Promote Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Among Breast Cancer Survivors. Ann Behav Med. 2022 Mar 22:kaab118. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaab118. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35323853
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Cason-Wilkerson R, Scott SG, Albright K, Haemer M. Exploration of Changes in Low-Income Latino Families' Beliefs about Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: A Qualitative Post-Intervention Study. Behav Sci (Basel). 2022 Mar 9;12(3):73. doi: 10.3390/bs12030073. PMCID: PMC8945531. PMID: 35323392
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Albright K, Jones CD. Methodological progress note: The case for mixed methods in quality improvement and research projects. J Hosp Med. 2022 Mar 16. doi: 10.1002/jhm.12806. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35535915
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Albright K, de Jesus Diaz Perez M, Trujillo T, Beascochea Y, Sammen J. Addressing health care needs of Colorado immigrants using a community power building approach. Health Serv Res. 2022 Mar 4. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13933. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35243625
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Leonard C, Connelly B, Albright K, Gilmartin H. "This is an opportunity for leadership to lead, but leadership has disappeared": A qualitative case study of clinical and translational scientists during COVID-19. Res Sq [Preprint]. 2021 Mar doi: 10.21203/ PMCID: PMC7987101. PMID: 33758832
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Albright K, Navarro EI, Jarad I, Boyd MR, Powell BJ, Lewis CC. Communication strategies to facilitate the implementation of new clinical practices: a qualitative study of community mental health therapists. Transl Behav Med. 2021 Nov 17:ibab139. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibab139. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34791490



Rinehart DJ, Leslie SE, Kuka K, Doyle R, Stowell M, Thomas-Gale T, Shlay JC, Havranek EP, Albright K. Adolescent Female Perspectives in an Urban Safety Net: Developing an Intervention Focusing on Sexual Health and Text-Messaging. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020;31(3):1379-1398. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2020.0101. PMID: . PMID: 33416701

Albright K, Shah P, Santodomingo M, Scandlyn J. Dissemination of Information About Climate Change by State and Local Public Health Departments: United States, 2019-2020. Am J Public Health. 2020 Aug;110(8):1184-1190. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305723. Epub 2020 Jun 18. PMID: ; PMCID: PMC7349453. PMID: 32552020



Albright K, Reese LS, Krugman RD. What does effectiveness mean? A qualitative assessment of two child protection systems. Child Abuse Negl. 2019 Mar;89:1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.12.014. Epub 2019 Jan 3. PMID: 30612070

Greenbaum J, Albright K, Tsai C. Introduction to the special issue of Child Abuse and Neglect: Global child trafficking and health. Child Abuse Negl. 2020 Feb;100:104321. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104321. Epub 2019 Dec 16. PMID: . PMID: 31859003

Albright K, Greenbaum J, Edwards SA, Tsai C. Systematic review of facilitators of, barriers to, and recommendations for healthcare services for child survivors of human trafficking globally. Child Abuse Negl. 2020 Feb;100:104289. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104289. Epub 2019 Nov 28. PMID: . PMID: 31787336

Brega AG, Hamer MK, Albright K, Brach C, Saliba D, Abbey D, Gritz RM. Organizational Health Literacy: Quality Improvement Measures with Expert Consensus. Health Lit Res Pract. 2019 Jul 1;3(2):e127-e146. doi: 10.3928/24748307-20190503-01. PMID: ; PMCID: PMC6610031. PMID: 31294314

Henson P, David G, Albright K, Torous J. Deriving a practical framework for the evaluation of health apps. Lancet Digit Health. 2019 Jun;1(2):e52-e54. doi: 10.1016/S2589-7500(19)30013-5. Epub 2019 May 23. PMID: . PMID: 33323229

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Media (Webinars, Podcast, Other)



Building a Community of Practice around Virtual Qualitative Methods

by Karen Albright, PhD ; Jane Moeckli, PhD ; Ana-Monica Racila, PhD ; Jessica Young, MPH, MSW
Seminar date: 6/9/2022

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic forced a number of changes to the qualitative research cycle, including an increased use of technology-mediated approaches to qualitative research. These more digital research workflows have opened up new data sources (e.g., chats alongside video), normalized some underutilized data sources (e.g. video recording), and confounded traditional data collection methods (e.g., direct observation and site visits). These changes have generated questions about information security and privacy, rigor, and equity. The presenters will explore some of these modifications and innovations using case studies of research projects that had to transition to, or begin with, COVID-sensitive processes. The presentation will end with resources for our continued engagement with virtual qualitative methods.

Intended audience: Researchers, practitioners, leaders, or policy makers with an interest in conducting or understanding qualitative methods.

Collaborators: Lynette Kelley, FNP, Cristina Ortiz, PhD, Jennifer Van Tiem, PhD, Nicole Johnson

DOWNLOAD: PDF handout | Audio only (mp3) | Transcript will become available at seminar website

Stakeholder Perspectives on VA Access Research Priorities: Development of an Access Research Roadmap

by Karen Albright, PhD ; Demetria McNeal, PhD, MBA
Seminar date: 3/2/2022

Description: Description: As part of the Veterans Access Research Consortium, the Stakeholder Engagement Workgroup has engaged with access researchers within and outside VA, Veterans, and VA operational partners to solicit perspectives about the most important access-related research domains for VA to address in the next decade. Recent efforts from the workgroup include conducting (1) a modified Delphi panel, (2) a series of dialogues with Veteran Engagement Boards, (3) surveying and conducting individual interviews with operational partners, and (4) contributing to the creation of a research roadmap that incorporates findings from these efforts with a portfolio review of current and recent HSR&D and operationally-funded studies on access. The goal of this work is to inform VA HSR&D’s funding priorities for access research and, thus, the direction of the field. This Cyberseminar will describe the highest priority access-related questions that emerged from this process and suggest opportunities to bridge research and operational interests.

DOWNLOAD: PDF handout | Audio only (mp3) | transcript will be available at HSR&D webpage

Expanding the Qualitative Repertoire: Methodological Innovation to Advance Understanding of Perspectives and Behaviors

by Karen Albright, PhD
8 April 2021

Description: Over the past decade, qualitative methods have become increasingly integrated into health services research. However, the most common qualitative approaches remain those that involve data collection via interviews and focus groups. This cyberseminar provides an introduction to newer and more innovative qualitative approaches that may be less well known to health researchers but which allow additional insights into individual- and system-level factors that influence stakeholder perspectives and behaviors. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach will be discussed so that researchers can determine the appropriate methodological choice for their needs.

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Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying VA Access Research and Evaluation Priorities: A Foundation for the Access Research Roadmap

by Karen Albright, PhD ; Demetria McNeal, PhD, MBA
Seminar date: 1/6/2021

Description: The Stakeholder Engagement Workgroup engages access researchers within and outside VA, Veterans, and VA operational partners to solicit their perspectives about the most important access-related research domains for VA to address in the next decade. The ultimate goal of this work is to inform VA HSR&D’s funding priorities for access research and, thus, help shape the direction of the field. Recent efforts from the workgroup include conducting (1) a modified Delphi panel and (2) a series of dialogues with Veteran Advisory Boards (VABs). The Delphi process involved a multi-round engagement of 22 access researchers and VA operational partners, in which these experts identified important access related questions and then ranked them in terms of priority for VA support. Veterans’ perspectives on those questions and domains were then solicited from VABs in Iowa City, IA; Ann Arbor, MI; and Bedford, MA. This CyberSeminar will describe the engagement involved in this work and the highest priority access-related questions that emerged from the process.

Find handouts, audio and transcripts on HSR&D website