Julie Postma
Associate Dean for ResearchAssociate Professor 509-324-7287 SNRS 445 2606 West Pioneer

Dr. Postma is the Associate Dean for Research and an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing.

She maintain two programs of research, both of which aim to promote health through population health nursing. The first line of inquiry builds on interdisciplinary partnerships to decrease the impact of wildfire smoke on people with asthma. Wildfires are increasing internationally, and air pollution is known to exacerbate respiratory disease. Dr. Postma’s current grant will test the feasibility and preliminary impact of air quality (AQ) alerts on objective measures of risk reduction behavior and lung function among young adults with asthma. This collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency will inform a larger clinical trial that optimizes smartphone applications to monitor air quality and respiratory symptoms to increase perceived susceptibility among people with asthma in order to prevent asthma exacerbations, and urgent care use.

While wildfire smoke may be indiscriminate, structural inequities in housing differentially impact environmental exposures faced by families who live in sub-standard housing. Her second line of research aims to measure and increase parents’ self-efficacy (confidence) in reducing children’s environmental health risks. Dr. Postma works alongside community-based participatory research scholars, including community members, public health professionals, clinicians and other nursing scientists to create and test assessment tools and learning modalities to help families assess and reduce their children’s environmental health risks.


  • BSN, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI
  • PhD, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA
  • Post doctoral fellowship, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA

Funded Research

  • “Promoting risk reduction among young adults with asthma during wildfire smoke events.” Postma, J., Rappold, A., Odom-Maryon, T., Amiri, S., Walden, V., Butterfield, P. National Institute of Nursing Research $382,500 (direct and indirect costs). 2020-2022.
  • “Deploying a Smart Exposure Information System: A Longitudinal Analysis of Air Quality, Children’s Health, and School Absenteeism in Spokane, Washington, US.” Amiri, S., Walden, V., Postma, J. Odom-Maryon, T. Ramboll Fonden, $110,175. 2019-2021

Research Strengths

Self-management of chronic conditions: Asthma; Wellness: Environmental health

Areas of Expertise

Asthma, Community-based participatory research, Outreach and engagement, Community health nursing, Environmental health, Experiences of immigrants, Health Behaviors, Health Disparities


  • 2002-present Member, American Public Health Association
  • 2006-present Member, Washington State Public Health Association
  • 2008-present Member, Western Institute of Nursing Research
  • 2020-present Member, Editorial board, Public Health Nursing (Editor: Patricia J Kelly, PhD, MPH, APRN)
  • 2020-present Elected, Western Member-at-large, Association of Community Health Nurse Educators
  • 2017-2019 Grant reviewer, American Nurses Foundation, primary reviewer Round 1 and 2, 2017-2019

Honors & Awards

  • 2020 – Faculty Mentor Award, WSU College of Nursing
  • 2019 – Scholar Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chi Chapter-at-Large
  • 2017 – Public Health Leadership Award, Washington State Public Health Association
  • 2016 – Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chi Chapter-at-Large
  • 2016 – Participant, WSU Provost Leadership Academy
  • 2013 – Diversity Award, WSU College of Nursing


Complete List of Published Work in MyNCBI:

  • Postma, J., Oneal, G., Marko, T.** Odom-Maryon, T., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Butterfield, P. (Accepted, 6/20). Adapting and testing the Self-Efficacy in Environmental Risk Reduction instrument among Spanish Speaking populations. Journal of Nursing Measurement. (**PhD student)
  • Marko, T.** & Postma, J.* (2020). A scoping review of nurses’ contributions to health-related, wildfire research. Annual Review of Nursing Research, Volume 38. (Invited; *Senior author, **PhD student)
  • Postma, J. (2020). Protecting outdoor workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke. Workplace Health and Safety, 68(1), 52. doi: 10.1177/2165079919888516. Epub 2019 Dec 1.
  • Oneal, G.A., Graves, J., Diede, T.**, Postma, J., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Butterfield, P. (2019). Balance, Health, and Workplace Safety: Experiences of New Nurses in the Context of Total Worker Health. Workplace Safety and Health, 67(10), 520-528. (**Graduate student)
  • Evans-Agnew, R. Postma, J., Camacho, A.O., Herschberg, R., Trujillo, E., Tinajera M. (2018). Development and pilot testing of a bilingual environmental health assessment tool to promote asthma-friendly childcares. Progress in in Community Health Partnerships, 12(1): 35-44. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2018.0004.
  • Graves, J., Kehoe, L.**, Postma, J., Katz, J., Swalling, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2018). A national survey examining manuscript dissertation formats among nursing PhD programs in the U.S. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 50(3), 314-323. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12374. Epub 2018 Mar 8. (**Graduate student)
  • Colorafi, K., Moua, L.**, Shaw, M., Ricker, D., Postma, J.* (2018). Assessing the value of the Meaningful Use Clinical Summary for patients and families with pediatric asthma. Journal of Asthma, 55(10), 1068-1076. doi: 10.1080/02770903.2017.1391283. [Epub ahead of print] (*Senior author, **Graduate student)

updated 6/29/2020