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Judith Albino PhD

  • Department of Community & Behavioral Health

Judith Albino, PhD, is a health and community psychologist whose research has focused on health disparities and the development of prevention interventions for oral health. She was the principal investigator and director of the Center for Native Oral Health Research, the only NIH-funded center for research in oral health focused on American Indian populations. 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. She is the author of more than 100 scientific articles, as well as numerous book chapters, and has presented her research at more than 200 national and international venues.

Dr. Albino’s ColoradoSPH appointment is in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health and she also is a faculty member of the CU School of Dental Medicine. In addition, Dr. Albino is engaged in leadership training and executive coaching, working primarily with scientists and health professionals. She is the director of the Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS) Program, a year-long leadership program for senior faculty sponsored by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Dr. Albino was president of the University of Colorado and subsequently served as interim dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, as well as in numerous other academic leadership roles at the University of Colorado and other higher education institutions.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health behavior change
  • Prevention of oral disease
  • Health disparities
  • Research leadership

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Certificate, Professional Coaching, Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College, City University of New York, 2007
  • PhD, Motivational Psychology Measurement & Evaluation in Education, Psychology, and Communication, University of Texas at Austin, 1973
  • BJ, Magazine Journalism,The University of Texas at Austin, 1967



  • Dean’s Special Recognition Award, Colorado School of Public Health, 2020
  • Distinguished Female Mentor Award, International Association for Dental Research Network of Women in Science, 2016
  • Distinguished Psychologist in Management, Society of Psychologists in Management, 2013
  • Honorary Member, Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Delta Omega, National Honor Fraternity in Public Health, 2012


  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association for Dental Research
  • American Public Health Association

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