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Dr. Julie Postma

The Washington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Julie Postma, PhD, BSN, has been named Associate Dean for Research.

Dr. Postma earned her BSN from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She started clinical practice on the Cardiothoracic Intermediate Care Unit at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., and later worked at the University of Washington Medical Center as a cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit nurse. She studied occupational and environmental health nursing and earned a PhD in nursing science at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at UW before accepting a faculty position at WSU, where she is currently an associate professor.

Her scholarship is focused on environmental health promotion among those most affected by environmental health threats. She uses multiple research methods to engage patients, parents, clinical and community partners in collaborative research and advocacy. Current projects include:

  • “Adapting the Revised Self-Efficacy in Environmental Risk Reduction (r-SEERR) Instrument to Spanish-speaking populations,” funded by the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators. (Role: PI)
  • “Deploying a Smart Exposure Information System: A Longitudinal Analysis of Air Quality, Children’s Health, and School Absenteeism in Spokane, Washington,” funded by the RambØll Fonden. (Role Co-Inv)
  • “Detecting Temporal Changes in Social Media Responses to Changes in Air Quality,” funded by the Empire Health Foundation. (Role: Co-Inv)

Dr. Postma teaches and mentors graduate nursing students, is a grant reviewer for the American Nurses Foundation, serves on the WSU Biomedical Institutional Review Board, and chairs the College of Nursing’s Graduate Faculty. She is a member of the Western Institute of Nursing, the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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