College of Nursing

Julie Postma

Julie Postma

Associate Professor, Puyallup
Julie Postma
Associate Professor, Puyallup
(253) 445-4612
(253) 445-4569
WSU College of Nursing
Puyallup Research and Extension Center
2606 W Pioneer Ave
Puyallup, WA 98371

Julie Postma is an assistant 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 participatory approaches to engage patients, parents, and community partners in community-based research and advocacy. She is currently working with university, public health, and community partners to apply what is known about decreasing asthma triggers in homes to child care settings.

Dr. Postma teaches “Scientific Foundations of the Advanced Practice Nursing Role” and “Information Management for Clinical Practice” in the graduate program, in addition to serving on the PhD advisory committee. She serves as clinical faculty in the Puget Sound region for the undergraduate program.

Dr. Postma is passionate about research ethics, and is a member of the WSU Institutional Review Board. She has expanded research capacity of Puget Sound Asthma Coalition by co-chairing the Research and Evaluation subcommittee. She facilitates a state-wide network of health and housing professionals (e.g. asthma home visitors, school nurses, environmental health & air quality specialists, researchers, epidemiologists) through her position as co-chair of the Community-Based Activities subcommittee on the Washington Asthma Initiative.


  • 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, rural health, community-based participatory research, intervention research


Asthma, Community based participatory research, Community health nursing, Environmental health, Experiences of immigrants, Health Behaviors, Health Disparities


  • Chair, Research and Evaluation Subcommittee, Puget Sound Asthma Coalition, 2014-present
  • Steering Committee Member & Community Based Activities Subcommittee Co-chair, Washington Asthma Initiative, 2012-present
  • Washington State Public Health Association, 2006-present
  • American Public Health Association, 2002-present
  • Washington State Public Health Association, 2006-present
  • American Public Health Association, 2002-present


  • WSU College of Nursing Diversity Award, 2013
  • Semi-finalist for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, 2011


Postma, J. Evans-Agnew, R., Capouya, J. (Accepted). Mexican-American families’ perceptions about asthma management: A photovoice project. Journal of Asthma.

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

Postma, J. & Allen, C. (2014). Fair and just distribution of dollars in public health [Lesson plan]. Retrieved from Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Educational Innovations website:

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.

Postma, J., Katz, J, Winters, C., Allen, C. (2012). Developing a “sense of salience” in community assessment through a case study on an environmental disaster in Libby, Montana [Lesson plan]. Retrieved from Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Educational Innovations website:

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.

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. CES4 health:

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

Postma, J., Karr, C. Kieckhefer, G. (2009). Community health workers and environmental interventions for children with asthma: A systematic review. The Journal of Asthma, 46(6), 564- 576. doi: 10.1080/02770900902912638.

updated 1/29/15

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