Julie Postma
Associate Professor 253-445-4612 2606 West Pioneer

Dr. Julie Postma is an associate professor in the Washington State University College of Nursing. Her scholarship is focused on environmental health promotion among those most impacted by environmental health threats. She uses multiple research methods to engage patients, parents, clinical and community partners in collaborative research and advocacy.

Current research includes:

  • Assessing cumulative asthma risk among children with asthma who attend child care
  • Psychometric testing of a Spanish-language version of the Self Efficacy in Environmental Risk Reduction (SEERR) instrument
  • Cultural Collaboration for Change: Latino and Asia Pacific Islander Youth Indoor Toxic Action Project

Dr. Postma teaches population health courses in the graduate program and serves as clinical faculty in the Puget Sound region for the undergraduate program.

Dr. Postma is a grant reviewer for the American Nurses Foundation, serves on the WSU Institutional Review Board, and chairs the College of Nursing’s Diversity and Global Perspectives Committee. She is actively involved in the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition and has increased patient-centered research through her role as chair of the Research and Evaluation subcommittee.


  • 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


Environmental health promotion, socio-cultural aspects of environmental health, environmental justice, social determinants of health


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


  • Chair, Research and Evaluation Subcommittee, Puget Sound Asthma Coalition, 2014-present
  • Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, 2011-present
  • Western Institute of Nursing Research 2008-present
  • Washington State Public Health Association, 2006-present
  • American Public Health Association, 2002-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 1997-present


Postma, J., Tuell, E., James, L., Graves, J. & Butterfield, P. (In press). Nursing students’ perceptions of the transition into shift work: A Total Worker Health perspective, Journal of Workplace Safety and Health.

Trujillo, E., Herschberg, R. Evans-Agnew, R. Postma, J. (In press). Development of a bilingual assessment tool to identify environmental health risks in childcares. Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

O’Neal, G., Postma, J., Odom-Maryon, T., Butterfield, P. (2016). Retest of a principal components analysis of two household environmental risk instruments. Research in Nursing and Health, 39(4):277-85. doi: 10.1002/nur.21730. Epub 2016 May 26. PubMed PMID: 27227487

Postma, J., Younglove, L., Odom-Maryon, T., Brooks, K.., Burbacher, T., Butterfield, Ph., Butterfield, P., Cederblom, N., Grant, K., Beresford, S., & Faustman, E. (2016). Hispanic Representation in a Longitudinal Birth Cohort Study. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 9(2), 66-77. Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol9/iss2/4

Postma, J. & Ramon, C. (2016). Strengthening community capacity for environmental health promotion through photovoice. Public Health Nursing. 33(4):316-24. doi: 10.1111/phn.12243. PMID: 26679530.

Schenk, E., Corbett, C., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Postma, J., Butterfield, P. (2016). Psychometric Properties of the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool (NEAT). Journal of Nursing Measurement, 24(2), E55-E71. DOI:10.1891/1061-3749.24.2.E55

Evans-Agnew, R., Postma, J., Sledd, L. (2016). Mi niño con asma: Latina mothers, environmental justice, and photovoice at the front lines of the asthma epidemic. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 9(1), 109-135. Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1386&context=jhdrp

Schenk, E., Butterfield, P., Postma, J., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Corbett, C. (2015). Creating the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool (NEAT). Workplace Health and Safety, 63(9), 381-391. doi: 10.1177/2165079915592071. Epub 2015 Jul 27. PubMed PMID: 26215976

Postma, J. Evans-Agnew, R., Capouya, J. (2015). Mexican-American Caregivers’ Perceptions about Asthma Management: A Photovoice Study. Journal of Asthma, 52(6), 593-599. doi:10.3109/02770903.2014.996651. PMID: 25539397

Postma, J., Petersen, J. Ybarra Vega, M., Ramon, C., Cortes, G. (2014). Latina youths’ perceptions of children’s environmental health risks in an agricultural community. Public Health Nursing, 31(6), 508-516. doi: 10.1111/phn.12112. PubMed PMID: 24547787

O’Neal, G., Odom-Maryon, T., Postma, J., Hill, W., Butterfield, P. (2013). The household risk perception instrument and the self-efficacy in environmental risk reduction instrument: Psychometric testing using Principal Component Analyses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(9), 2107-2115. doi: 10.1111/jan.12065.

Butterfield, P.G., Hill, W.G., Postma, J.M., Butterfield, P.W., Odom-Maryon, T. (2011). Effectiveness of a household environmental health intervention delivered by rural public health nurses. The American Journal of Public Health, 101 (S1), S262-S270. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300164. PMID: 19461228

Postma, J., Ybarra Vega, M., Garcia, P., Hirschel, K., Cortes, G., Ramon, C., Henne, C., Tovar, G., Peterson, J., Tjomsland,T., Shors, B. (2011). Photovoice: The story of substandard housing. CES4health:http://www.ces4health.info/find-products/view-product.aspx?code=7S63GGPR

Postma, J., Smalley, K., Ybarra, V., Kieckhefer, G. (2011). The feasibility and acceptability of a home visitation, asthma education program in a rural, Latino/a population. Journal of Asthma, 48(2), 139-146 . doi: 10.3109/02770903.2010.529221

Postma, J., Butterfield, P.W., Odom-Maryon, T., Hill, W., Butterfield, P.G. (2011). Rural children’s exposure to well water contaminants: Implications in light of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent policy statement. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23, 258-265. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2011.00609.x

Tinker, B., Postma, J., Butterfield, P. (2011). Barriers and facilitators in the delivery of environmental risk reduction by public health nurses in the home setting. Public Health Nursing, 28(1), 35-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00887.x. PMID: 21198812

updated 8/14/17