Rosalina Dee James

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Rosalina (Rose) James is Principal Owner of Cedar Rose Consulting, L.L.C. As an independent business operator she works with local tribal and urban Indian community organizations to support health promotion initiatives and programming. For example, Rose provides evaluation and grant writing services to the Northwest Native Plants and Foods Collective, a team of health educators, youth organizers, Elders, storytellers and tribal leaders creating innovative learning experiences that inspire a cultural relationship with the land and community-wide resilience. Rose has made important contributions to the peer-reviewed literature on establishing respectful and productive genetic research partnerships between University scientists and indigenous groups, with particular focus on addressing issues related to data sharing. She has disseminated her scholarship to academic and tribal community audiences through diverse venues, including publications for the online Genetics Resource Guide for tribal leaders developed through the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center. She currently co-directs the Community Outreach and Education Core of the NIH/NIEHS-sponsored University of Washington Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment (EDGE).

Contact Information

Tel: 425-321-8040

Research Interests

  • Rose is currently collaborating with local Washington State tribal groups to plan and implement community based participatory research projects around sustaining indigenous food systems and healthy diet initiatives and behavioral interventions.

Teaching interests

In her former faculty position with the University of Washington, she taught an undergraduate course on biomedical research ethics that emphasized the need for scientists and research institutions to address societal responsibilities as an extension of their discoveries.


PhD, Pathology, University of Washington, 2002
BS, Biochemistry, Western Washington University, 1994


Rose provides grant writing and administration, strategic planning, and budget management services for projects with the Northwest Native Plants and Foods Collective. In this role, she supports a team of tribal foods educators and artists to implement interactive plant and medicine workshops in tribal communities throughout WA state.
She is currently consulting with the Lummi CEDAR Project, a tribal youth leadership program, and the Whatcom Family and Community Network on development of a community assessment and strategic plan for prevention of youth substance use.
Dr. James continues to serve as co-Director with Dr. Kelly Edwards for the Communication Outreach and Education Core as part of the University of Washington Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment (EDGE).
Selected Publications

1. James RD, Gold D, BlackBird A, Trinidad SB. Factors That Influence Mammography Use Among Older American Indian and Alaska Native Women. J Transcultural Nursing. 2015; 26(2):137-45. PMC4163127

2. James RD, Tsosie R, Sahota P, Parker M, Sylvester I, Lewis J, Klejka J, Muzquiz L, Olsen P, Whitener R, Burke W. Exploring Pathways to Trust: A Tribal Perspective on Data Sharing. Genetics in Medicine. 2014; 16(11):320-6. PMC4224626

3. James RD, West KM, Madrid T. Launching Native Health Leaders: Reducing Mistrust of Research Through Student Peer Mentorship. AJPH. 2013;103(12):2215-9. PMC3828961

4. Kelley M, Edwards K, Starks H, Fullerton SM, James RD, Goering S, Holland S, Disis ML, Burke W. Values in Translation: How Asking the Right Questions Can Move Translational Science Toward Greater Health Impact. Clin Trans Sci. 2012; 5:445-51. PMC3561695

5. James RD, Starks H, Segrest V, Burke W. From Leaky Pipeline to Irrigation System: Minority Education Through the Lens of Community Based Participatory Research.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2012; 6(4):471-9. PMC3951382

6. James R, Starks H.  “Bringing the ‘Best Science’ to Bear on Youth Suicide: Why Community Perspectives Matter” in Burke W, Edwards K, Goering S, Holland S, Trinidad S, Eds. Achieving Justice Through Genomic Translation: Rethinking the Pathway to Benefit.  New York: Oxford, 2011

7. James RD, Burke W. Genetics Research Resource Guide. National Congress of American Indians. Research Policy Office. “Reflections on Partnering in Genetic Research”. American Indian and Alaska Native Genetics Resource Center website:

8. Burke W, James RD, Genetics Research Resource Guide. National Congress of American Indians. Research Policy Office. “An Overview of Health Research Involving Genetics”. American Indian and Alaska Native Genetics Resource Center website:

9. James RD, Kaci A, EchoHawk A. CGHE Indigenous Genomics Alliance Core, Tribal and Urban Indian Research Ethics Workshop, report, March 2012, Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality.

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